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Nikhil Pal Singh, Faculty Director

Nikhil is a historian of the twentieth-century United States, who focuses on questions of race, political contention, and state power. He is the author of Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2004), winner of the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians, and the Norris and Carol Hundley Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. He has published extensively on topics including the history of liberalism, war, black radicalism, and US foreign policy. His edited collection of the writings of legendary civil rights activist Jack O’Dell, Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writing of Jack O’Dell, was published in 2010 by the University of California Press, where he also serves as an editor for the American Crossroads book series. His next book, Exceptional Empire: Race and War in US Globalism, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.


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Kim DaCosta, Associate Faculty Director

Kimberly McClain DaCosta, a sociologist, is a professor at NYU’s Gallatin School.  She is especially interested in the contemporary production of racial boundaries. Her book, Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line (Stanford University Press, 2007), explores the cultural and social underpinnings of the movement to create multiracial collective identity in the United States. She is currently exploring how interracial extended kin relationships speak to questions of interracial empathy, care and assimilation. Professor DaCosta’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Advertising Educational Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She teaches courses on race in different societies, families, and consumerism in international perspective. Professor DaCosta served as Associate Dean of Students at the Gallatin School for seven years. She is currently serving as the Associate Faculty Director of NYU’s Prison Education Program.

Professor DaCosta received her B.A. in sociology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in sociology from Berkeley.

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Raechel Bosch, Associate Director, Communications

Raechel is a creative producer and community events organizer. She previously served as the graduate programs coordinator for the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU, and earned her Master’s degree from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she studied the poetics and politics of documentary and everyday life. Her first documentary film, Town by the Water (2016), premiered at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Raechel has nearly 10 years of experience working in higher education and has focused on building multidisciplinary partnerships, multimedia projects, and innovative communications as a way of increasing collaboration .  


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Lauren Broussard, Re-Entry Administrator

Lauren is a public health professional with more than ten years of experience in research, policy development, programming, and advocacy on issues of racism, gender discrimination, incarceration, sex work, harm reduction, and health disparities. She has worked for the US Department of Health and Human Services as well as the University of California, San Francisco. She holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and is currently working towards her Doctor of Public Health at Columbia University. Lauren currently sits on the board of the Public Health Association of New York City and Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research for Women and Girls of Color.


Alejandra Gonzalez Ariza, Administrative Aide

Alejandra graduated from the University of Maryland, where she studied Politics and French. She has worked with at-risk youth in the DC metro area and is interested in increasing access to higher education for underserved communities.


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Zhandarka Kurti, Postdoctoral Fellow

Zhandarka Kurti is a Bronx native. She studies the historical and contemporary transformations of punishment and social control. Her overall research focuses on the relationship between penal practices and institutions and wider social, economic and political changes. Zhandarka’s dissertation examined the role that lower criminal courts, probation and third party community supervision play in the criminalization of black and Latino youth in the South Bronx. Her current research projects explore the politics of criminal justice reforms and the role of parole in the lives of formerly incarcerated people and their families in New York State.


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Daniel Cueto, PEP Intern

Daniel Cueto is a senior at NYU in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis studying Metropolitan Studies, Latino Studies, and Politics in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research interests include protest movements, the relationship between marginalized communities and the neoliberal state, and assimilationist practices within communities of color.


Keith Golden, PEP Intern

Hi my name is Keith Golden. I’m a former PEP student with NYU. I’m currently enrolled in the associates program here at NYU. I plan on receiving my associates degree in liberal arts, and possibly continuing to my Bachelors in maybe business or accounting.  I am also interning at NYU which has been a great experience.


Derick McCarthy, PEP Intern

Derick McCarthy is an award-winning author, winning awards from the Gallatin Review and PEN America. He is currently an office assistant at the NYU PEP office and enrolled at NYU. He will be pursuing his BA in Mathematics.