HONORS IN THE HUMANITIES FACULTY
Judy Biener has been teaching at Townsend Harris HS since 1988. She earned her BA at Binghamton University and her Masters at Queens College.
Colleen Cusick holds an M.Phil. (2011) from the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she is currently a doctoral student writing her dissertation on Victorian Literature. She has taught at Queens College since 2009 and has also served as a Writing Fellow with the Writing at Queens program. She received her MA in English from Fordham University (2008) and her BA in American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia (2003).
Ryan Dunbar graduated from Colgate University in 2008 with a double major in English literature and theater and earned his master’s degree in education from St. John’s University in 2010. Prior to working with Townsend Harris High School and Queens College, Ryan taught at Chaminade High School where his survey of British literature course was approved for the St. John’s College Advantage program.
Esther Lin received her MFA from Columbia University and BAs in English and Art History from Queens College, CUNY. She taught University Writing at Columbia and QC, as well as poetry and creative writing. She is an alumna of THHS.
Joseph Merino is an alumnus of Townsend Harris High School (Class of 1988) and graduated Queens College in the Honors in the Humanities program with a major in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. His experience in the Freshman Humanities Colloquium includes being a THHS student enrolled in the course, three semesters as an undergraduate student teacher, and, for the past three years, as a professor. Among his academic interests are comparative religion, world mythology, and analyses of literature via pop-media (e.g. videogames, movies, graphic novels, anime, cosplay).
Kelly Seufert received her BA in English from Queens College in 2000 and her MPhil in English Literature specializing in Medieval British literature in 2007. She has taught in CUNY since Fall 2000, beginning courses at Queens College in the English Department in Fall 2001. She has been a faculty member of the CPP colloquia for more than five years and additionally teaches college composition in the College Now program. Her work in literature displays a wide literary and cultural base, including poetry, Old English, Middle English, Gothic Fiction, and Science Fiction.
Brian Sweeney has been teaching in New York City since 2008. He earned his BA from Hamilton College and his MS in Education from St. John’s University. He also holds an MA from the University of Chicago, where he worked on an interdisciplinary course of study that brought together topics in classical civilization, mythology, literature, and religion.
OTHER CPP SPECIALISTS
Alicia Andrzejewski is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the English program at the CUNY Graduate Center; she holds an M.A. from Appalachian State University and a B.A. from Mars Hill University. Her current research focuses on representations of pregnancy on the Renaissance stage, with other interests in feminist, queer, affect, and psychoanalytic theories. She is also an adjunct instructor at Queens College.
J. Robert Garfield