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Project Team (2024-2025)

Project Leaders

Thomas Cleary : Principal Investigator/Library

Thomas Cleary

Principal Investigator/Library

Thomas Cleary is an Assistant Professor Archivist/Librarian at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. He received his MLS at Queens College, CUNY, and MA in Liberal Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY, specializing in Digital Humanities. His research interests are in computational text analysis and data visualization, particularly with the goal of making archival collections more accessible and understandable. His current work is available on CUNY Academic Works.

718-482-5434 | tcleary@lagcc.cuny.edu

Molly Rosner : Project Leader/LaGuardia and Wagner Archives

Molly Rosner

Project Leader/LaGuardia and Wagner Archives

Dr. Molly Rosner is Director of Education Programs at the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at the College. She works with faculty to incorporate the archival collections into curricula and runs grant-based extracurricular student projects. Her programming helped secure a one million dollar grant from the Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation for the archives to continue their work with students. She regularly leads Oral History workshops and archives orientation sessions with students and faculty. As an adjunct at NYU, she is well-versed in the theory and practice of public history work. She received her PhD in American Studies from Rutgers University- Newark, her MA in Oral History from Columbia University.

(718) 482-6067 | mrosner@lagcc.cuny.edu

Tomonori Nagano : Project Leader/ELA

Tomonori Nagano

Project Leader/ELA

Dr. Tomonori Nagano is a Professor of Japanese and Linguistics at LaGuardia Community College. He received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Linguistics from the CUNY Graduate Center and his MA in TESOL from New York University. His research interests are second language acquisition and Japanese as a heritage language. He has published in various linguistics/applied linguistics journals such as Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, Modern Language Journal, and Foreign Language Annals (See https://www.t-nagano.com/publications/ for the publication list). Dr. Nagano is a certified tester and rater for ACTFL's OPI and AAPPL (Japanese) and is currently serving as an executive board member for the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) at MLA.

718-482-5484 | tnagano@lagcc.cuny.edu

Liv Veazey : Research Assistant

Liv Veazey

Research Assistant

| olivya.veazey19@lagcc.cuny.edu


To be announced.

Seminar Participants

Paul Fess : English

Paul Fess


| pfess@lagcc.cuny.edu

Alice Baldwin-Jones : Social Science

Alice Baldwin-Jones

Social Science

| alicebaldwinjones00@gmail.com

Ryan Mann-Hamilton : Social Science

Ryan Mann-Hamilton

Social Science

| rmann-hamilton@lagcc.cuny.edu

Maria Savva : Education & Language Acquisition

Maria Savva

Education & Language Acquisition

| msavva@lagcc.cuny.edu

Lucie Mingla : MEC (Mathematics)

Lucie Mingla

MEC (Mathematics)

| lmingla@lagcc.cuny.edu

Habiba Boumlik : Education & Language Acquisition

Habiba Boumlik

Education & Language Acquisition

| hboumlik@lagcc.cuny.edu

Suzanne Uzzilia : English

Suzanne Uzzilia


| suzzilia@lagcc.cuny.edu

Daniel Obrien : English

Daniel Obrien


| dtoprof@gmail.com

Jose Fabara : Education & Language Acquisition

Jose Fabara

Education & Language Acquisition

| fabarajo@lagcc.cuny.edu

Invited Speakers

Bridget Bartolini :

Bridget Bartolini

Bridget Bartolini is an oral historian, educator, socially engaged artist, and writer who specializes in New York City history, place-based storytelling, and narrator profiles. Bridget has conducted oral history interviews for the Columbia Center for Oral History Research's NYC COVID-19 Oral History, Narrative and Memory Archive, Queens Memory's COVID-19 Project, Educational Alliance's Nonagenarians in the NORC, and family clients. She served as an audit editor for Columbia's Obama Presidency Oral History. Her thesis project, 34th Avenue Oral History, was awarded the 2021-2022 Public Humanities Fellowship from the SoF/Heyman Center and the Public Humanities Grant from Humanities New York. Inspired by her love for New York City and belief in the power of storytelling as a tool for social justice, Bridget created the Five Boro Story Project in 2013 to produce community programs that bring New Yorkers together through sharing personal stories and art inspired by our neighborhoods. She has produced more than eighty community events with the Five Boro Story Project and has led numerous workshops on oral history, storytelling, advocacy, and social change. Before studying in Columbia's Oral History MA program, Bridget earned a Masters in Community Education and a Bachelors in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Japanese language.


Regina Carra : American Folk Art Museum

Regina Carra

American Folk Art Museum

212-595-9675 | rcarra@folkartmuseum.org

Natalie Milbrodt : Queens Public Library

Natalie Milbrodt

Queens Public Library

Natalie Milbrodt is an information professional and content developer with over a decade of experience working in small business, academic, cultural heritage and library settings. She currently manages a Metadata Services division within a large public library's Technical Services department. She oversees archival digitization and the creation and management of metadata for the library's physical and digital collections. This includes the preservation of intangible cultural heritage and local history on behalf of the library's community-driven digital archives initiative, the Queens Memory Project. She holds a bachelor's degree in Humanities and a master's degree in Library and Information Studies with a concentration in Archives and Cultural Heritage.

| natalie.m.milbrodt@queenslibrary.org

Ross Perlin : Endangered Language Alliance

Ross Perlin

Endangered Language Alliance

Dr. Ross Perlin is a linguist, writer, and translator from New York City - Lenapehoking.

As a linguist, he serves as co-director of the non-profit Endangered Language Alliance (https://www.elalliance.org), where since 2013 he has overseen research projects focused on language documentation, mapping, policy, and public programming. Himalayan languages are a focus – for his PhD, he created a trilingual dictionary, a corpus of recordings, and a descriptive grammar of Trung, an endangered language of southwest China, based on several years of fieldwork. He also teaches linguistics at Columbia.

As a writer, he has written on language, labor, and China for The New York Times, The Guardian, and Harper's, among other places, and he published a book on unpaid work and youth economics (Intern Nation). He has given talks to students, scholars, employers, career counselors, union members, activists, and politicians at venues as different as the Googleplex, the UK Parliament, and the Economic Policy Institute, as well as universities and colleges across America. TV and radio appearances have been on MSNBC, CBS, Fox, BBC, and NPR, among others. His new book "Language City: The Fight to Preserve Endangered Mother Tongues in New York" is coming out in February 2024.

As a translator, he works primarily from Chinese into English. He translated Liao Yiwu's Bullets and Opium (2019) and Chen Guangcheng's The Barefoot Lawyer (2015). He has recorded two Yiddish-language video series for The Forward and translated essays, stories, and poems as a National Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellow.

Dr. Perlin has a BA from Stanford, an M.Phil. from Cambridge, and an MA from the University of London (SOAS), the last two thanks to the British people as a Marshall Scholar. His PhD in Linguistics is from the University of Bern in Switzerland. He was a 2023 New Arizona Fellow at New America.

| perlin@elalliance.org

Johnathan Thayer : Queens College

Johnathan Thayer

Queens College

Prof. Johnathan Thayer teaches classes based on his experiences in the field of professional archival and public history work, with a focus on fundamentals of archival practice, including archival appraisal and documentation, access systems, digitization, local public history, and the preservation of cultural heritage materials. His approach to teaching archival theory focuses on answering the question “Why do archives matter?” and translating the discussions that follow into opportunities for archival advocacy. Potential topics include the relationship between archival access and political power, archival records as potential tools for accountability and justice, archival ethics, and intersections between community archives, public history, and social memory.

His research interests include intersections between maritime, labor, and urban history; archival advocacy; rethinking “archival literacy”; and critical approaches to archival education. In addition to work on publications and conference presentations, he has coordinated student-led collaborations with Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground and Documentation Services at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He is also the lead researcher on Mapping New York City's Sailortown, which uses digitized archival material and data visualization to represent the cultural palimpsests of New York's historical waterfront. Other projects include the Seamen’s Church Institute’s American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project, a publicly accessible digital archive consisting of over 800 audio clips from interviews with more than 70 veteran merchant mariners. Beginning in 2010, he has been the lead archivist for the Seamen’s Church Institute’s Digital Archives, which hosts more than 12,000 digital archival items.

(718) 997-3757 | jthayer@qc.cuny.edu