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.
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 .
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.
Dennis Bailer, Office Assistant
Dennis Bailer is a former PEP student who held a 4.0 GPA while enrolled with NYU. He is currently working as intern for the PEP program and is determined to continue his education with NYU in business.
Daniel Cueto, Office Assistant
Daniel Cueto is a junior 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.
Jose Diaz, Student Liaison
Jose Díaz is a BA/MA Track student that is majoring in Latino Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. As a student, he is seeking to discover the narratives that intersect between, race, class, and gender, and how these links could provide the nexus for social parity within social movements. He is also a writer and has been working in a writing group called Lives In Transition (L.I.T) that uses the power of writing to highlight the personal struggles within our politicized world after incarceration. He is also a student ambassador and liaison for NYU PEP, who advocates and educates on the importance of inclusivity within the narrative of prison initiative programs and education as well as pushing back against the language and ideas that perpetuates the reproduction of our negative notions of those who are formerly incarcerated and people of color.
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.
Ayasha Guerin, Writing Tutor
Ayasha Guerin (b.1990) is an artist and scholar based in Brooklyn, New York. Ayasha completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, where she studied Urban and Environmental Studies and Fine Art. She is currently a PhD candidate in NYU’s American Studies department, where her research engages questions about the socio-ecological histories and the resiliencies of waterfront communities. You may read her work in publications such as The Nation, Bomb Magazine, Inhabitat.com and the A/D/O Journal. Melding her research and creative practice, Ayasha has taken artistic residencies with The New Museum, Headland’s Center for the Arts, and the Works on Water residency on Governor’s Island. Her art and writing concern themes of the urban/natural, public and private space, ecology, community and security. Ayasha is currently a Fellow of Urban Practice at The Urban Democracy Lab, formerly a Graduate Fellow at NYU’s Center for the Humanities and an Andrew W. Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York. She currently tutors with NYU’s Prison Education Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility, New York.