CPP / HTH Faculty


Rosa Amatulli .

Joanna Beer .

Brian Brewer .

Raquel Chung .

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.

Kelly Embree 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.

Kimberley Garcia .

Robin Hizme

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, since August 2014, 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).

Alexandre Moudrov earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he completed his dissertation on early American sensationalist literature. His publications include “Nabokov and the Puritans: Echoes of Early American Crime Literature in Lolita,” “The Man Who Counted All Prostitutes in New York City: John Robert McDowall and the Scandal of the ‘Magdalen Report,’” “The Scourge of Foreign Vagabonds: George Thompson and the Influence of European Sensationalism in Popular Antebellum Literature,” “Early American Crime Fiction: Origins to Urban Gothic,” and “Nabokov’s Invitation to Plato’s Beheading.” He teaches primarily in the Comparative Literature department at Queens College and the American Studies Program at the College of Staten Island in New York.

Lee Norton

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.


Writing Fellows:

Lee Norton .

Sarah Coluccio .

Technology Consultant:

J. Robert Garfield

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