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Meet AAUW NYC Fellows

Crystal Chen received her doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in May 2017, where her research examined the intersections of literacy, teacher education, and urban and multicultural education. Her dissertation is entitled Critical Literacy as Common Ground: The Possibilities of African Immigrant Girls in New York City Public Schools and Community-Based Organizations. Crystal began her teaching career as a high school English teacher in New Jersey. In August 2017, she will be an assistant professor of English Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.


Sierra Clouse is a wife, mother, Anti-Human Trafficking Activist, and IT Project Manager. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy at Columbia University. She’s passionate about bringing together the power of people and technology to shift the way we pursue success, community transformation, and social justice in the 21st century.


Gemma Mangione is a Lecturer in the Arts Administration program at Columbia University and a Consulting Analyst with Randi Korn & Associates. She hold undergraduate degrees in journalism and art history and a M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.Her work connects practices illuminated through organizational ethnography with mechanisms of broader institutional and policy change. She principally interested in the cultural, moral, and political dynamics of legitimacy. To date, Gemma has explored this general theme by examining knowledge politics across humanities and health fields. Her current research compares programs for visitors with disabilities across art museums and botanical gardens and provides an ethnographic perspective on museums’ “health turn” as it gains traction in cultural policy. She has a sustained commitment to exploring how social scientific theory and evaluation practice can together help people make informed choices about the operations of cultural institutions and the values they contain.

Honoring the AAUW NYC Fellows at the Harvard Club!

The Empire State Virtual NY Branch in collaboration with AAUW NYS and AAUW National, hosted a very successful Dinner Recognition for our AAUW NYC Fellows at the Harvard Club in NYC on Thurs. March 16 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  This event was funded by the NYC Metro Funds. Thirty five friends joined us including AAUW NYC Fellows and AAUW leaders from AAUW NYS Board & District V Branches.

Meet AAUW NYC Fellows!

For over 15 years, Ronna Popkin has taught about and conducted research on women’s health and adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the United States. In her dissertation, Ronna examines the consequences of recent advancements in genetic testing technologies and how expanded screenings are shaping communication, beliefs, and decisions about genetic risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Her goal is to conduct policy relevant research on gender, sexuality, and health as a university professor.


Erin K. Maher is a recipient of the 2015-2016 AAUW American Fellowship. Erin is a Musicologist who specializes in twentieth-century concert-music culture in the United States and France, focusing on issues of exile and migration, national and religious identities, gender, and disability in the lives of musicians. She received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she completed her dissertation, “Darius Milhaud in the United States, 1940–71: Transatlantic Constructions of Musical Identity,” as a 2015-2016 AAUW American Fellow. Erin has presented her research at local and national conferences–as well as at last year’s annual meeting for AAUW North Carolina–and her guide to scholarship on Milhaud is forthcoming in Oxford Bibliographies Online. She currently teaches at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.


Charlotte Walker-Said is an American Fellow. Charlotte is Assistant Professor of History in the Department of Africana Studies at the City University of New York-John Jay College. She completed her PhD at Yale University and has taught at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Webster University. Her research focuses on Christianity and law in Africa and their effects on women’s rights.  She works on gender and persecution in West Africa has led her to work with female asylum seekers and refugee populations seeking entrance to the United States and the United Kingdom.  Her book on the history of Christianity and Law will be published in 2018.

AAUW Fellows

Lamia Bazir
Lamia Bazir

Lamia Bazir is currently working for the cabinet of the head of the government of Morocco, on the development of the second compact of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Lamia was a fellow of the American Association of University Women, and a representative at the United Nations. Her experience includes political analysis for the Arab League, consultancy with Transparency International, and field research in Niger.

Prior to this, she earned a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University and a master’s in international development from Sciences Po Paris. She was also student valedictorian at Al Akhawayn University where she completed her undergraduate studies.

Most recently, Lamia won the United Nations’ Award for Volunteering attributed by the UN and MBC group for her social venture “Empowering Women in the Atlas”. She is also known for her inspirational speeches delivered at Al Akhawayn university, Stanford University, and the UN Youth Assembly.


Samantha Majic

Samantha Majic’s research lies in gender and American politics, with specific interests in sex work, civic engagement, institutionalism, and the nonprofit sector. She is the author of Sex Work Politics: From Protest to Service Provision(University of Pennsylvania Press, December 2013), and the co-editor (with Carisa Showden) of Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism (University of Minnesota Press, Spring 2014). Her research has also appeared/is forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics, Polity, New Political Science, The Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, and Gender and Society.A Fellow of the American Association of University Women, Dr. Majic is also a member of the Perspectives on Politics editorial board.


A World of Wellness: Stimulating the Mind, Energizing the Body, Inspiring the Soul

AAUW EOF Fellow, Dr. Jessica Pabon 

We are so excited that our own AAUW EOF Fellow, Dr. Jessica Pabon will be participating in our AAUW NYS Convention at Honors Haven Resort in Ellenville, NY on April 25-27, 2014.  Jessica will bring with her female artists, working in a street art/graffiti art aesthetic, to participate in a curated exposition to be held at our 2014 Convention.

Jessica PabonThe Theme: A World of Wellness:
Stimulating the Mind, Energizing the Body, Inspiring the Soul.

Jessica was one of the Empire State Virtual Branch speakers during our teleconference calls in fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.  As you may recall, Jessica Pabón talks about the transformative power of female graffiti artists. Pabón obtained a PhD in the Performance Studies Department at New York University and specializes in Transnational Feminisms, Latina/o and Africana Studies, Queer Studies, and Visual Art and Performance. For more information about Jessica, listen to her talk on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_4JOexUj0M

Call for Artists: Stimulating the Mind, Energizing the Body, Inspiring the Soul
Calling for female artists, working in a street art/graffiti art aesthetic, to participate in a curated exposition to be held at the 2014 convention for the American Association of University Women of New York State (www.aauw-nys.org). AAUW is an organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Theme: A World of Wellness: Stimulating the Mind, Energizing the Body, Inspiring the Soul.
Exhibition Dates: April 25-27, 2014
Location: Honors Haven Resort in Ellenville, NY

The convention expects approximately 200 attendees.
The work submitted should be priced between $40 and $500, with a median around $200. 11×17 prints are encouraged!
International artists should consider sending a few limited edition prints since artists are expected to ship their work to and from the conference. (We are open to innovative ideas for exhibiting and selling via digital technologies).
Local artists are encouraged to submit works on canvas to be displayed on easels.

To Submit: Artists should send no more than 10 high res images (300dpi) as samples of the work they’d like to exhibit in relation to the theme: A World of Wellness: Stimulating the Mind, Energizing the Body, Inspiring the Soul. Please also send a 200-word biography including links to webpages or blogs, if available.
Due Date: January 31st, 2014
Email Submissions to jnp250 at nyu.edu with the subject line “Art Submission AAUW 2014.”



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AAUW Fellowships – deadline January 10, 2013 for Selected Professions

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The deadline for the “Selected Professions” fellowships offered by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is Jan 10, 2013.  These fellowships support women in degree programs in which women’s participation traditionally has been low. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

There are two types of special  fellowships. Check out the others types, too. Visit  the range of fellowships.

I.  Science & Technology Group Fellowships.

Applicants may apply for any year of study in one of the following master’s degree programs:

• Architecture (M.Arch)

• Computer/Information Sciences (M.S.)

• Engineering (M.E., M.S.)

• Mathematics/Statistics (M.S.)

II.  Focus Professions Group Fellowships.

These fellowships are open only to women from ethnic minority groups historically underrepresented in these fields.  Eligible groups include African Americans, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics, Native Americans/Alaska Natives, and Asian American/Pacific Islanders.

• Business Administration (M.B.A.) – applicants may apply for 2nd year of study                 only.

• Law (J.D.) – applicants may apply for 3rd year of study only.

• Medicine (M.D.) – applicants may apply for 3rd or 4th year of study only.

Stipend: $5,000-$18,000.

Students apply directly to AAUW, and the deadline is January 10, 2013.  For application procedures and additional details, see the AAUW website.

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Meet Sara Shoener, Completing a Doctorate in Public Health

Sara Shoener

This month’s AAUW Fellow is Sara Shoener at the Columbia School of Public Health. She’ll be sharing her plans with us at the December Empire teleconference.

Sara is currently the Project Manager for a program funded through the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women called the Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative. They provide training and consultation to attorneys and advocates who work on behalf of survivors of domestic violence, particularly to enhance their consumer rights advocacy efforts.

For example, they just held training on credit repair and advocacy for survivors, and next month they will be hosting training on federal tax advocacy for survivors. This work stems from our goal to enhance women’s economic security in order to successfully seek safety for themselves and their families. They are also about to start working with the White House’s Equal Futures Partnership to expand women’s economic and political participation.Sara’s university (Columbia) had AAUW listed as a potential source of support for doctoral students working on their dissertation research.

Her first contact with AAUW was the submission of her dissertation fellowship application, and then Shana Sabbath emailing to notify her that she was selected.

You can read Sara’s profile and interview here.

Meet Allison Goldberg, AAUW Fellow at Columbia School of Public Health

Allison Goldberg

Join us at 7:15 on Tuesday, November 13 on our Empire Virtual Branch teleconference when we talk with Allison Goldberg about her research on why mothers around the world decide or don’t to vaccinate.

You can read more about Allison and her work here.

To participate in the teleconference, call 712-451-6000, access code: 223128#

Learn about AAUW Fellows Studying in NYS

Each year AAUW provides $4.3M grants and fellowships. One of our new virtual branch programs shares the  incredible stories of the women and the topics these AAUW Fellows are pursuing. Each month we’ll  interview two of them who work in NYS.

The first two fellows shared their work with members via teleconference on September 18. The first summary has been posted. The second will follow.

AAUW Fellow Amina Tawasil

AAUW Fellow Amina Tawasil

Amina Tawasill, a PhD candidate at Columbia University, shared her work studying women pursuing seminary work in Iran. For 15 months, Amina lived in Tehran, Iran and spent time studying women from two kinds of seminaries.

Amina says the AAUW fellowship has made it possible for her to work on her dissertation full time. She has just finished her first draft and expects to complete her work and begin pursuing post-doctoral work this year.

Read her interview here.

You can keep track of the fellows we  interviews on this page.

Members are welcome to join the interviews and we will post future recordings so you can listen if the schedule doesn’t fit your personal schedule. After all, that’s the benefit of a virtual branch!


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