Multinational Institute of American Studies

Multinational Institute of American Studies- Staff

Philip M. Hosay, Director

Dr. Philip M. Hosay is Professor and Director of International Education and Director of the Multinational Institute of American Studies at New York University.  He holds the M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Michigan.  Among his publications are The Challenge of Urban PovertyThe Dictionary of American Biography, and an Outline Series in American Studies for the United States Information Agency.  Under his direction, the Multinational Institute has received over $10,000,000 in funding from the United States Information Agency, the U.S. Department of State, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and various Fulbright Commissions.  He has served as a consultant for the U.S. State Department in Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Egypt, Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and the West Bank, and he has lectured at a number of foreign universities, including the University of Warsaw, the University of Strasbourg, St. Petersburg University, Atatürk University, Tokyo University, Thammasat University, Vietnam National University, Chonnam National University, and the University of Delhi.  Most recently, he gave the keynote address at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association of Thailand, the American Studies Association of Korea, and the American Studies Association of the West Bank, and he was a Senior Fulbright Specialist in Turkey.


Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, Associate Director

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng is a sociologist whose scholarly and community-based work focuses on the social lives of marginalized youth. His interests include comparative perspectives on race/ethnicity (with a focus on China and the US), immigrant adaptation, and social capital within the school and educational context. As such, his research examines the social relationships in the lives of minority and immigrant adolescents in the US, gender and ethnic differences in education in China, and cultural and social capital transfers between adolescents in the US. His scholarship has appeared in journals such as American Educational Research Journal, Social Forces, and Teachers College Record. Cherng received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, and he has also taught in a charter middle school in San Francisco and a college in rural China.



Jon Friedman, Administrative Director

Jon has recently completed his PhD in the International Education program in NYU Steinhardt. His research focuses on the history and practice of international education, with a primary interest in the study of higher education. At NYU, he has engaged in projects examining processes of internationalization in universities in the U.S. and U.K., digital marketing on university websites worldwide, the promotion of global citizenship in higher education, and the operation of area studies centers in the U.S. Jon's work has been published in the Journal of International Studies in Education, and Higher Education Research and Development, and he has participated in a long-term research effort housed at the Social Science Research Council examining how U.S. universities organize teaching and research about the rest of the world (‘Producing Knowledge on World Regions’).  Prior to doctoral study, he worked in the secretariat office of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, a unique collaboration among seven U.S. philanthropic foundations. He has taught courses at NYU at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, pertaining to globalization, international education, and comparative studies of culture and society.


Jia-Lin Liu, Program Officer                                                  

Jia-Lin is a doctoral student in the International Education program at NYU Steinhardt.Her research focuses on how documentation status can create educational and institutional exclusion for the Chinese immigrant population in the US. To shed light on the experience of the undocumented Chinese and how they navigate educational institutions, Jia-Lin uses qualitative method to examine the educational decision-making processes of undocumented Chinese families. Prior to coming to NYU, Jia-Lin worked as a child welfare social worker at the Center for Family Life, based in Sunset Park Brooklyn for 6 and a half years. During her time as a social worker, she provided clinical casework counseling to around 100 Chinese, Latino, and other Asian immigrant families. In addition, Jia-Lin also ran many community groups and helped the process of starting a tutoring cooperative, Sunset Scholars, which continues to flourish in the community today. Jia-Lin has also done a variety of volunteer community work that has taken her to India, China, Japan, and her home Taiwan. Jia-Lin received her M.S.W from Columbia University and her B.S. from Vanderbilt University. This is her first year working with MIAS.


Naomi Moland, Program Officer                                          

  Naomi Moland is a postdoctoral research fellow at NYU and an adjunct assistant professor at Teachers College- Columbia University. She earned her PhD in International Education at NYU Steinhardt, and uses anthropological approaches to study the globalization of pluralist ideologies, nonformal education settings, and early childhood education. Her dissertation on the Nigerian version of Sesame Street won the 2015 NYU Steinhardt Outstanding Dissertation Award and the 2016 Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Council on Anthropology and Education. Her book on Sesame Street as a form of counterterrorism education and American cultural diplomacy is under review at Oxford University Press. Naomi’s recent work is on the cultural dynamics of early childhood education and on the global diffusion of LGBT rights discourses. Her work has been published in Comparative Education Review, Urban Education, and Global Education Review. She has taught for seven years at the undergraduate and graduate levels on themes of globalization, immigration, human rights, and sub-Saharan Africa. Before beginning her doctoral work, Naomi taught elementary school for six years to Mexican and Latin American immigrants in Phoenix, Arizona and Madrid, Spain.


Letizia La Rosa, Administrative Manager of the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities        
Letizia is the Administrative Manager of the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities where she oversees the administrative operations of the department and works closely with faculty and advisers to run eight academic programs.  Letizia holds an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from NYU Steinhardt. She has previously worked in a few other offices around NYU: the American Language Institute at the School of Professional Studies, the Public Interest Law Center at the Law School, and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. Letizia was born in Italy and is lucky enough to return there every summer to visit her family. This is her second year working with MIAS.

Christian A. Bracho, Senior Program Officer

Christian Bracho is a Professorial Lecturer at American University's School of Education, in the International Training and Education Program. He received his PhD in International Education from NYU Steinhardt, and his dissertation, an ethnographic study of a teachers' movement in Oaxaca, Mexico, examined the intersections between nationalism, teacher professionalism, and political activism. Formerly a high school English teacher in California, Christian also recently worked as an Education Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, coaching teachers and working with district leaders to implement new frameworks related to literacy and language standards. Christian also served as a Professional Development Consultant for the La Puente Valley Regional Occupation Program, where he trained Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers to implement Common Core Standards for Technical Subjects and deepen the rigor of academic instruction. Christian has also worked as a curriculum workshop facilitator at a K-12 Teacher Institute on Nonviolence, held at Cal Poly Pomona's Ahimsa Center for Nonviolence. This is his sixth year working with MIAS.

Adriana Alcántara, Senior Program Officer                         

Adriana Alcántara holds a BA in International Relations from El Colegio de México, Mexico City, and an MA and PhD in International Education from NYU Steinhardt. Her PhD dissertation explored the relationship between transnationalism, socialization and schooling among Mexican-American youth, through a case study of NYC-born secondary school students who returned to their families' hometown in Puebla, Mexico. Adriana has worked as a bilingual literacy tutor at three NYC public schools, taught a summer course on Mexico-US migration at El Colegio de México, and is currently updating the website NYC Edúcate with the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY. Adriana also has 10 years of experience as a Global Consultant for the International Baccalaureate Organization, researching K-12 and higher education reforms in a wide range of countries. Since 2012, she has taught Field Methods and Ethics and advised students' Field Study projects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison/CET Study Abroad Program in Varanasi, India. She will be teaching the graduate course The Practice of International Education at NYU this summer. Adriana was greatly influenced both personally and professionally by her experience working as a Program Officer for MIAS from 2004 to 2006, and is delighted to be collaborating with MIAS once again this year.