Astrid Rodriguez earned her PhD in educational psychology from the Graduate Center. She currently works at NYU managing Student Success initiatives in Enrollment Management. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Astrid talks about the importance of enrollment management efforts in pursuing universities' missions. She also discusses how an administrative position in higher education can be rewarding for graduates who want to have a positive impact on students' lives.
Lisa Tagliaferri is a postdoctoral fellow in MIT's digital humanities program. She earned her PhD in the comparative literature program at the GC in 2017, and she spent several years outside academia working as a community manager and developer educator at the cloud computing company Digital Ocean. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Lisa tells us about the value of tapping into personal interests that can lead you down seemingly divergent paths, but that can ultimately enrich your academic and professional work in unexpected ways; how to bridge education and advocacy work through radical mentorship; and the advantages of applying your research skills to exploring the wide world of job opportunities beyond academia.
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Jay Blair is assistant professor of geography and anthropology at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Jay earned his PhD in the anthropology program at the GC, before taking a Mellon public fellowship with the American Council for Learned Societies. His ACLS fellowship placed him with an environmental advocacy nonprofit organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In this episode, Jay talks about the pro's and con's of applying your research skills in a nonprofit organization; how to tell your professional story in ways that let you bridge academic research and advocacy work; and why the constraints of an unpredictable academic job market might actually push you to rediscover passions and skills you might have sidelined during your PhD.
Carolyn Neuhaus is a research scholar at the Hastings Center, the oldest independent, nonpartisan, interdisciplinary research institute in the world. She earned her PhD in Philosophy from the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Carolyn talks about the journey through her PhD program, the opportunities that were most beneficial to her career development, and the beginnings of her career in bioethics research.
Stacey Donohue is a professor in the Writing and Literature department at Central Oregon Community College. She earned her PhD in English at the Graduate Center in 1995. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Stacey talks about the importance of enjoying teaching and mentoring students if you’re applying to teach at community college; the subtle art of being adaptable to the needs of a diverse student body; and the value of getting some experience in university administration while you’re in graduate school.
Chris Meatto is an alumnus of the Graduate Center's MALS program. His concentration was digital humanities with a focus in history. He teaches history and global studies at Greens Farms Academy, an independent school in Connecticut. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Chris sheds light on the hiring process of independent schools and explains what he enjoys most about developing curriculum, working with teenagers, and collaborating with fellow teachers.
Chang Chung earned his PhD in environmental psychology at the Graduate Center in 2013. He recently left his job as a researcher specializing in program evaluation and policy research for the FDNY Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Fire Department of New York. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Chang talks about the value of trying out unexpected things during your PhD program, the similarities and differences between academic research and working for a nonprofit, and the importance of being able to translate your research into actionable insights to make an impact in your chosen field of work.
Avalon Garcia is a senior medical writer for Evolution Medical Communications, a consulting firm that crafts communication and educational materials for pharmaceutical companies and the patients and healthcare staff they serve. Avalon earned her PhD in 2008 in biochemistry from Hunter College and the GC. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Avalon talks about the importance of inviting feedback on your work, the value of getting started early in your job search, and how to cultivate those all-important mindsets of lifelong learning and collaboration that will help you thrive in your new working life.
Mike Pino is the global learning partner for Cognizant, a fortune-200 IT services and business process outsourcing company based in New Jersey. He’s responsible for setting the learning curriculum for 40,000 employees who work in data analytics, artificial intelligence, programming, and digital engineering that keeps them up-to-date with today’s digital trends. Mike earned his PhD in English from the Graduate Center in 2004. In this episode, Mike tells us about and the importance of pursuing learning outside your PhD discipline, the breakthrough insights you can gain by applying your academic interests and training in business contexts, and the importance of conveying your value to companies in ways they can understand and appreciate.
Bren Cavallo earned his PhD in Mathematics from the Graduate Center. He's a data scientist at M Science, a data-driven research and analytics firm that uses unconventional data sets to uncover strategic insights on trends for leading financial institutions and corporations. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Bren talks about the similarities and differences between data science and academic research; how agile design sprints can enhance your productivity; and the benefits of taking a bootcamp to sharpen your skills and work portfolio for emerging tech jobs where credentials are always evolving.
Rocio Raña earned her PhD in Linguistics from the Graduate Center. She runs Langalo, a translation business in New York City. She also works on different research projects, publishes, and continues to teach. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Rocio shares her time management tips and some advice for continuing research outside of academia.
Neil Hernandez is an Asylum Officer at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Neil earned his PhD in the Political Science Program at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Neil tells us about the rewards of blending practice and theory in public administration, the rewards of making a difference in people’s lives by understanding and affecting policy implementation, and the different ways that qualitative research skills he gained during his PhD have helped him thrive in his role at the agency.
Rob Silva is a Senior Medical Director- Neurology at Ipsen Pharmaceuticals. He earned his PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Rob talks about how to sell your graduate school experience and research skills to a hiring manager in the pharmaceutical industry. He also discusses the importance of informational interviews and preparing for your job search while you're still in school.
Lauren Suchman is Evaluation Director at the Institute for Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Lauren earned her PhD from the Anthropology Program at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Lauren tells us about the importance of shaping a narrative around your career choices and the benefits of thinking and preparing for post-dissertation life early in your PhD training, as well as the sacrifices and unexpected joys of applying research in outcome-driven contexts.
Richard Ocejo is Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He earned his PhD at the Graduate Center in 2009. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Richard talks about what it’s like to make the career jump from graduate school to a tenure-track position, how to think about your professional development over the course of your PhD studies, his top tips to help you stand out on the academic job market, and how to hack your productivity in any job—whether it’s academic or non-academic.
Jeff Diamant is Senior Writer and Editor at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. He received his PhD in History from the Graduate Center in 2016. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Jeff talks with us about the academic and journalistic environment at Pew, and the most helpful skills he learned while at the Graduate Center.
Michelle Fisher is assistant curator in the department of European Decorative Art and Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. When this interview was recorded, she was curatorial assistant in MOMA's Architecture and Design department. She is currently finishing her PhD in the Graduate Center's Art History Program. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Michelle speaks with us about life as a curator, her ongoing investment in academia, and the satisfying ways in which working for a museum blends her research, teaching, and design skills in educating diverse audiences.
Ben Zweig and Jonathan DeBusk are alumni of the Graduate Center's PhD Programs in Economics and Sociology, respectively. Both now work at IBM. Ben is a managing data scientist, and Jonathan is a senior managing strategy consultant. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Ben and Jonathan explain what their jobs look like on a typical work week. They also give practical advice to those who are considering using their data skills in a corporate environment.
Yoni Reinberg is chief technology officer and web developer at Social Ink, a Brooklyn-based web design and development startup that serves educational, artistic, and purpose-driven nonprofit institutions. Yoni is a graduate of the Anthropology PhD Program at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Yoni tells us why his dissertation allowed him to explore social problems that led to starting a business; how he began freelancing while he was still in graduate school; and how his research and teaching skills benefit him today as an entrepreneur.
Vanessa Burrows is a historian at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She is a graduate of the Graduate Center's PhD Program in History. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Vanessa discusses her job search process, the skills she uses in her work, and the rewards of being a civil servant. Vanessa found her experience conducting research with federal records in the National Archives and the Library of Congress to be a critical qualification for her current position, and that work afforded skills and familiarity with records that she now calls on frequently in her daily work.