Jenny Furlong joined the Graduate Center as the Director of Career Planning and Professional Development in February 2013. Dr. Furlong worked most recently at New York University, and previously served as Associate Director of Graduate Student Career Development at Columbia University’ s Center for Career Education, and as Associate Director for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in the Career Services office of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the co-author of the Career Talk column in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Academic Job Search Handbook, 4th ed. (Philadelphia: U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), both of which were written with Julie Vick. Dr. Furlong earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages at the
University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. Her academic training is in eighteenth-century French literature, history, and culture; she dabbles in book history as well. She lives in Jersey City with her husband, daughter, and five(!) cats. In her spare time, she knits, sews, reads many novels, and watches the Walking Dead.
Emily Seamone, our adjunct career counselor, has counseled, facilitated workshops, and planned career-related programs for undergraduate and graduate students and alumni for more than 12 years through community and university career centers, including Columbia University and New York University, as well as other schools. Her counseling specialties include career change and transition, career redirection, work life issues, and career assessment tools. In addition to career counseling, she has a background in mental health and social science research. Her educational training consists of a master’s degree in social work from Washington University and certifications in career and life coaching and career assessment tools (e.g., Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). Emily lives in NJ with her husband and two children, and in her spare time enjoys DSLR photography and being a perpetual student.
Annabella Bernard, our Administrative Coordinator, has worked in the City University of New York for fifteen years as an Administrative Coordinator and Project Administrator in different capacities. She also has work experience in health care and banking.
Annabella received a B.S. in Community Health from York College, CUNY and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Business Management and Leadership online at CUNY School of Professional Studies.
Annabella is primarily responsible for coordination and administrative functions of the office. She has strong interpersonal skills and is dedicated and committed to helping students; she manages calendars and assists with setting-up meetings and workshops.
She is a lifelong learner who attended continuous education classes at Baruch College, Queens College, New York University, The New School, Gotham Writers’ workshop. She also participates in a writers’ group in Queens and sometimes dabbles with creative writing and poetry.
Our Graduate Students
Flannery Amdahl, our pedagogy fellow, focuses on developing resources and programs for anyone interested in a career related to teaching (check out her blog posts here). Flannery got her start by teaching first grade at an international school in Kyoto, Japan. Now a PhD candidate in Political Science at the GC, she has also taught courses on Constitutional Law, the Presidency, and Political Parties and Elections as a teaching fellow at Hunter College.
Flannery received a B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently completing her dissertation on the role of religious organizations in the shaping of the American welfare state. You can also frequently find her either running or memorizing presidential trivia in the hopes of helping her pub quiz team to victory.
Jiaqi Wang joined the office as our technology fellow, with a particular focus on visual design, discovering career resources, and developing programs for industry jobs. Prior to the Graduate Center, he worked at Teachers College, Columbia University and New Oriental Education & Technology Group in the field of educational consulting and foreign language teaching.
Jiaqi is currently a Ph.D. student in Computational Linguistics at the Graduate Center. He is interested in the nature of human language meaning and how it can inform research in sentiment analysis. In his spare time, Jiaqi enjoys movies and digital photography, and reading up upon market research and visual design. Jiaqi holds an M.A. from Columbia University, and earned his B.A. in English and B.E. in Software Engineering at Sichuan University in China.
Jared Keel, our writing fellow, develops resources and programs related to writing and research in the humanities. A student in the PhD program in English at The Graduate Center, Jared has taught English Composition at Brooklyn College and been a Writing Fellow in the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Medgar Evers College, where he helped start and run the campus writing center. Before coming to The Graduate Center, he worked as an assistant editor for a publishing company specializing in reference works and resources; before coming to New York City, he was a research associate for an institutional review board overseeing biomedical research in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he moved after teaching English as foreign language in Prague. He originally hails from North Carolina, where the skies are always blue.
Jared received an M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an M.F.A. in Poetry from The New School. The general area of his dissertation research may be called the natural poetics of philosophical inquiry, or the pragmatic poetics of scientific reflection. When his head is not in the clouds, dreaming of the day when sun and earth will again be together, his feet are on the ground in Park Slope, where he lives with his brilliant and beautiful writer wife and three-year old daughter—who is brighter and more beautiful than all the heavens put together. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Daniel Tiger and the Daily Show, which he most enjoys he cannot tell.
Erin Garrow, one of our writing fellows, develops resources and programs related to writing and research in the humanities. After receiving a BA in English from Williams College and while pursuing an MA in English at New York University, Erin acquired and edited novels for Front Street, an independent publisher. Eager to teach and to continue his research, Erin enrolled in the Graduate Center’s Ph.D. program in English, where he studies how literary modernism has informed critical theory.
During his first years at the Graduate Center, Erin taught composition and Modern literature courses at John Jay College, where he later worked as a writing fellow. Erin spends his free time with his wife, family, and friends, cycling here and there, and watching bad action movies. Erin likes people, dogs, and donuts; if you visit him, consider bringing any of these.