Brown Bag Nov. 7th, Professor Laxmi Ramasubramanian

To learn more about Professor Ramasubramanian’s lecture, click here!

Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Architect and City Planner, will be holding a Brown Bag Lecture Nov. 7th! This lecture is free and open to the public!

Professor Ramasubramanian is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at Hunter College and Deputy Director at the Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in Architecture from the University of Madras, India, a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is also a certified planner holding the AICP credential.

Brown Bag Oct. 31 Dr. Kendra Brewster!

Please join us as we welcome CUNY alumna, Dr. Kendra Brewster back to the Graduate Center to share her experiences and work! Dr. Kendra Brewster is currently an assistant professor at Providence College.


Her talk, Riders on the Storm: Studying Intergroup Conflict Amidst Cultural Wars, is free and open to the public!


When: Oct. 31st, 11:45 – 1:45


Where: “The Hub” (Room 6304.01) at the CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Ave)


Please Click HERE for more details!

Professor David Chapin Modifies Our Way of Looking at Space

During Professor David Chapin‘s wonderful Brown Bag presentation, a surprise was revealed! Chapin had painted a section of “The Hub” to show us how we can challenge, redefine, and occupy space at the Graduate Center!

Brown Bag Oct. 25th David Chapin!

All are invited to see EP Professor David Chapin deliver this week’s Brown Bag lecture My Soul Was Born to Fly: Reflecting on 50 Years of Environmental Consciousness in the Everyday!

This talk will be Oct. 25th at 11:45-1:45 in the Hub!

Brown Bag is free and open to the public!

Spring 2019 Curriculum CSP/EP

Please click here to see the list of courses offered in Spring 2019 for Critical Social and Personality Psychology and Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. 


Courses include:

Queer Psychology with Kevin Nadal

Writing for Publication with Celina Su

Anthropology of the City: Engaged Urbanism with Setha Low

Critical Race Scholarship: Theory and Pedagogy with Michelle Billies and Soniya Mushi

Methods Modules: Participant Observation and Field notes, Interviewing, & Qualitative Data Analysis with Setha Low

Critical Studies/Perspectives on Immigration with Krystal Perkins

Listening Guide with Deb. Tolman

Community Based Research with María Torre

Environmental Social Science II: Ecological Concepts in Psychology with Susan Saegert

Childhood and Youth Studies: Approaches and Methods with Colette Daiute

Architecture: Placing Desire with David Chapin

Second Year Research Seminar CSP and Developmental Psychology with Colette Daiute

Second Year Research Seminar EP with Susan Saegert

Critical Psychology Lab with Joshua Clegg

Dissertation Seminar with David Chapin


The following professors are offering independent studies:

David Chapin, Melissa Checker, Colette Daiute, Michelle Fine, Cindi Katz, Setha Low, Susan Opotow, Susan Saegert, Brett Stoudt, Celina Su, Deb Tolman


The following professors are offering dissertation supervision:

Joshua Clegg, Michelle Fine, Cindi Katz, Setha Low, Kevin Nadal, Susan Opotow, Brett Stoudt, Susan Saegert, Celina Su, Deb Tolman

Susan Talburt Talk on Youth Sexualities Oct. 25th!

2018 Public Science Project Book Series Presents

Youth Sexualities:

Public Feelings and Contemporary Cultural Politics


Thursday, October 25th, 4:30p

365 5th Ave (@34th Street) Room 6304.01

For More Information, Click Here!


The idea of youth sexuality makes many adults anxious, but sexuality

is a very real part of youth and is the subject of many important social

issues. Society now increasingly, sometimes grudgingly, recognizes youth

as sexual actors; this collection examines contradictory public feelings

related to youth sexualities, including perennial and new topics such as

sex education, sexting, teen mothers, masculinities, sexualization, popular

culture, the increasing visibility of LGBTQ youth, and the digital world.

The contributors examine the back-and-forth of adult and institutional

concerns, policies, and practices as they both govern and are influenced

by youths’ sexual subjectivities, identities, actions, and activism. The first

volume historicizes “official knowledge” and cultural constructions of youth

sexualities; offers examples of the “framing” of youth through research, film,

the media, and transnational NGOs; and foregrounds youths’ experiences

of sexuality in everyday life. The second volume considers adult and youth

activism. Through first-person and analytical accounts, the book offers

multiple perspectives of ways in which adult professionals, such as youth

workers and researchers, can work side-by-side with youth rather than

“above” or “in front of” them.


Susan Talburt is professor and director of the Institute for Women’s,

Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. She has

published books and articles about gender, sexuality, and educational

studies; youth studies; research methodologies; and recent theorizing

about “affect theory.” She has coedited (with Mary Lou Rasmussen

and Eric Rofes) Youth and Sexualities: Pleasure, Subversion, and

Insubordination in and out of Schools and (with Nancy Lesko) Keywords

in Youth Studies: Tracing Affects, Movements, and Knowledges.


Featuring Contributors:

Allison Cabana,
María Elena Torre

Michelle Fine, GC-CUNY

Nancy Lesko, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

Ed Brockenbrough, University of Pennsylvania

Ileana Jiménez, Little Red School

House & Elisabeth Irwin High School


Proud Talk Sponsors:

Center for Human Environments,


Urban Education at the Graduate Center,

Sociology at The Graduate Center,

Critical Youth Studies,

Critical Social Psychology,

Environmental Psychology,

Public Science Project,

The Center for the Study of Women and Society,

CUNY School for Professional Studies,

New York Independent Schools LGBT Educators Group

For More Information, Click Here!


This event is free and open to the public!


Brown Bag Oct. 17th

All are invited to our Brown Bag on Oct. 17th, where we welcome back four CSP alumna!


A CSP Alumna panel with Dr. Monique Guishard, Dr. Hollie Jones, Dr. Sabrica Barnett and Dr. Maddy Fox.

This event is free and open to the public!

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New Courses for Spring 2019


New Courses for Spring 2019


Register EARLY!!


Critical studies/perspectives on immigration

Friday 2 – 4

Krystal Perkins


The course will consist of engagement with selected readings in postcolonial, critical race, critical discourse analytic theories/perspectives as they relate to immigration. In particular, the course will examine how the language of (e.g., discourse) and the debate around the transnational movement of people are influenced and partly determined by deep-seated legacies of racism and colonialism. The problem posed by the course relates to the persistence and resistance of racist and colonial forms.

Listening Guide

Tuesday 4:15 – 6:15

Deborah Tolman


The Listening Guide method of narrative data analysis is a psychological methodology and a method that enables researchers to analyze various forms of qualitative data (interviews, texts of any kind, performances, etc., in which a or multiple narrators can be identified) and develop interpretations in order to answer research questions about lived experience, in particular though not exclusively involving difficult decisions and taboo dimensions of the personal and the social.  The LG is a psychodynamic approach that is most often combined with critical theories and cultural analyses to investigate intrapsychic, interpersonal and social processes in a wide variety of contexts.  This class will serve as an introduction to the ontology, epistemology and practice of the methodology and method, including its roots in psychoanalysis, its role in and relationship to the (re) emergence of qualitative research, engagement with a research question, interviewing, the technical strategies the comprise the method and an initial foray into trying and developing interpretations of analysis.  The dimensions of asking and pursuing a real question, the touchstone of curiosity, the layered nature of human experience, the challenges of making and developing interpretations, along with the techniques that make the methodology/method reliable, trustworthy and credible will be covered.


Critical Race Scholarship: Theory and Pedagogy, Spring 2019 (PSYC 80103)

Dr. Michelle Billies (KCC) and  Dr. Soniya Munshi (BMCC)

Thursdays 11:45-1:45

In this interdisciplinary course, graduate students will engage with critical race scholarship to build from and integrate this scholarship into their own research and pedagogy. Readings will span an expansive array of critical race theories and methods. Scholarly traditions will include transnational and diasporic feminisms; Black geographies and Caribbean philosophies; indigenous studies and critical ethnic studies; critical whiteness studies; queer studies; disability studies; activist scholarship; and, literature addressing pedagogical approaches in these areas. Students will use course readings to craft a writing project useful in their research or teaching. They may deepen an understanding of a particular theorist or body of work; rewrite the philosophical or theoretical underpinning of their research; create a course, syllabi and/or set of teaching plans; collaborate with another student to generate theory or a team-taught course; examine internalized dominance or internalized racism and its relationship to their scholarly work or teaching; or another project they propose. Students will be invited to contribute a reading to the syllabus.

Contemporary challenges in the academy and society at large confirm the crucial need for intellectual engagement with critical theories of race and intersectionality that address systemic, historic racism. This graduate course is a means of proliferating knowledge and critiques of race in and out of the academy while developing strategies for furthering this work in the undergraduate classroom.  The pedagogical approach will foster open discussion of personal relationships to the readings as well as experiences of race and ethnicity.



Queer Psychology

Kevin Nadal

Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30


Queer Psychology will provide an overview of the major issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity in the field of psychology. The course will review historical and contemporary contexts of heterosexism and genderism, and its impact on individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ). Using lectures, discussions, self-reflection activities, and other media tools, students will also learn about culturally competent skills in working with these populations.


Community Based Research

Maria Elena Torre

Wednesday 4:15 – 6:15


Rooted in an interdisciplinary and mixed methods approach to community based research, we will be working through questions of epistemology, theory, methods and ethics in community based and participatory action research. Workshopping of students’ projects a key feature of the course.

Annelise Orleck’s “Poverty Wages, Not Lovin’ It: The Rise of a New Global Labor Movement” Event

Please join us at the Critical Social and Personality Psych folk in welcoming a discussion between Annelise Orleck (Author of We are all fast food workers now) and Professor Stephanie Luce (Professor of Labor Studies).

The talk, Poverty Wages, Not Lovin’ It: The Rise of a New Global Labor Movement, will begin at 6 in room 6304.01 at the CUNY Graduate Center. Wine and cheese will accompany the talk!

This event is free and open to the public!

Click here for more details!

First Thirsty Thursday Event!

Please stop by “The Hub” for our first ever THIRSTY THURSDAY event!

Come hangout with folks from the Environmental Psychology family and enjoy a night of wine and cheese!

Please see here for details: THIRSTY THURSDAY!

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