We are excited to welcome seven new faculty members representing four academic departments to the Hostos community this semester! We know they will impart invaluable guidance and inspiration to our students. Join us in giving them a warm Hostos welcome!

Gettha AjayBorn in India, Geetha Ajay has lived in the United States for the last 35 years. Professor Ajay holds an associate degree in Nursing from Nassau Community College; a bachelor’s degree of Science in Nursing from Kaplan University; a master’s degree in Nursing for Clinical Nursing Specialists and a post-master’s degree in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner from the College of Staten Island. Professor Ajay is currently working toward a doctorate degree (DNP) in Healthcare Systems Leadership via Chamberlain College.

Ann GonaleAnn Genzale received her Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University in 2016, and specializes in 20th Century and Contemporary American Fiction. Prior to coming to Hostos, she was a Lecturer in the First-Year Experience Program and English Department at SUNY College at Old Westbury. She has taught courses in literature and composition and first-year humanities seminars, and her scholarship has appeared in Critique and Philosophy and Literature.

Emmanuel VelayosEmmanuel Velayos holds a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese from New York University, and he is an Assistant Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at The City University of New York (CUNY Hostos CC). His courses address the history, politics, and cultural diversity of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx peoples. His current work-in-progress, Embodied Letters: Vernacular Experiments and the Performance of Writing in Latin America, won the 2018 Sylvia Molloy Award for Outstanding Dissertation from NYU.

Marcelo Diaz Viana NetoMarcelo Díaz Viana Neto is a multi-disciplinary artist working in game design, graphic design, 3D art, and critical pedagogy. His research focuses on creating modes of organization that foster autonomy, self-expression, and solidarity through the practice of game art and design (radicalplay.org). Born in Brazil, he holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the California College of the Arts and an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Helen ChangHelen Chang holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with a focus on comparative politics and international relations. Dr. Chang is a political scientist with research interests in election rules and reforms, the intersection of social-technical systems in election administration, migration patterns and generational variations in voting behavior and preferences. She is currently studying factors that increase the effectiveness of electoral management bodies.

Aaron BotwickAaron Botwick has taught literature and composition at Lehman, City College, and BMCC. He was a writing consultant at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where he also received his Ph.D. in English.  His research focuses on suicide and modernism, and his work has been published in The Harold Pinter Review and Nabokov Studies. In 2017-18, he was a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at Lehman College.

Teresa GrayTeresa Gray