Jenny Furlong joined the Graduate Center as the Director of Career Planning & 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, 5th ed. (Philadelphia: U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).
Dr. Furlong earned her PhD in Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA 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 daughter and cats. In her spare time, she knits, sews, reads many novels, and rescues cats.
Emily Seamone, one of our adjunct career advisers, has counseled, facilitated workshops, and planned career-related programs for undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni for more than 15 years through community and university career centers, including the Graduate Center, Columbia University, and New York University. Her coaching 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.
Emily’s 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.
Don Goldstein, one of our adjunct career advisers, came to us after seven years of working with graduate students at the Center for Career Education at Columbia University. Prior to that Don had a long freelance consulting career, which revolved mainly around career counseling, education advising, college teaching, and writing and editing that spanned the private sector, academia, the not-for-profit world, and even agriculture and manufacturing. He also lived abroad in two different countries for eleven years.
Don is a proud graduate of Brooklyn College with a BA in Economics and an MA in the Sociology of Work from York University in Toronto, Canada. He also has a certificate in Career Planning and Development from NYU and is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) personality assessment. Don particularly enjoys helping students with job search skills, written documents, and acing the job interview.
Don lives in Brooklyn and enjoys reading about Brooklyn history and visiting historical places. He admittedly spends too much time watching the Mets, Rangers, and Giants and enjoys hanging out with his friends and his cat, Casey.
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 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.
Annabella received a BS in Community Health from York College, CUNY and is currently pursuing her MS in Business Management and Leadership online at CUNY School of Professional Studies. 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.
Hilarie Ashton is a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate Center, where she combines American studies with Black studies, feminist studies, gender studies, queer studies, and sound studies. Her dissertation, “Unsung Heroines in Black and White: Sixties Girl Groups as Sonic Rebellion,” positions Black, biracial, and Jewish girl groups—the Ronettes, the Shangri-Las, and the Chiffons—as sonically and radically transgressive progenitors of rock and punk. She has taught at Queens College, Barnard College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology and has served as a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at the New York City College of Technology.
Her academic articles have appeared or are forthcoming in a range of journals, including Women & Music, Style, the South Atlantic Review, the Journal of Popular Culture, and Anamesa, and her cultural criticism has appeared in the New York Times, the Believer, Ms., Electric Literature, NPR’s Turn the Tables series, the LA Review of Books, and the Hairpin, among other venues. She received her BA in English and Philosophy from Williams College and her MA in Humanities & Social Thought from NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her stupendous cat, where she kickboxes daily, plays with eyeliner, obtains tattoos, and coos at other people’s dogs.
Misty Crooks is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Graduate Center. Her research focuses on electoral activism, infrastructure, and disinformation. She is interested in the ways that democratic governments limit political participation and how people make sense of the possibilities of democracy in a historical and social context in which exclusion is a defining feature. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her previous research has examined media discourses depicting indigenous groups, differences in treatment of courtroom witnesses based on race and class, and the link between transgender bathroom laws and white supremacy.
Originally from North Carolina, Misty has also lived in Boston and Japan, but now considers herself an enthusiastic New Yorker. She spends time hiking, visiting museums, and photographing neighborhood cats.
Jack Devine is a PhD candidate in History at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he focuses on class struggle in the United States. His written work theorizes the American Civil War and Reconstruction as a great social revolution against capitalist slavery and Confederate fascism that forms the historical basis of an American left-wing radical tradition of abolition democracy. He has worked as a Research Assistant in the History Department.
Jack grew up in Larchmont, New York where he attended Mamaroneck High School and has lived in Brooklyn for the past five years. He attended the University of Michigan where he received his BA in History and Film Studies in 2014. After four years working in the entertainment industry, Jack began his work at the CUNY Graduate Center in the MALS program in 2018. He also co-hosts Revolutions Per Minute on WBAI 99.5fm and loves the Mets despite the constant disappointment.
Joseph Paul Hill
Joseph Paul Hill, one of our career fellows, helps manage the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development’s digital presence and event promotions. He is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center. His dissertation focuses on the intersections of Disability, Deaf, and Performance Studies and the ways in which disability- and d/Deaf-inclusive theatre companies attract, engage, and educate currently-abled, neurotypical audiences. In addition to his work with us, Joseph has taught intro to theatre, acting, script analysis, and theatre history courses at CUNY and Marymount Manhattan College.
Joseph is a Southern California transplant who, after more than nine years in New York City, still has a hard time adjusting to winter-living. He received a BA in English and Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton, where he trained as a theatre director. Joseph lives in the Heights with his brilliant and charming wife, adorable newborn, and enthusiastic chocolate Labrador. Two of Joseph’s life goals are to be a Returning Champion on Jeopardy and to live within walking distance of a beach.
Former Staff Members & Fellows