Student Fellows


Guillermina Altomonte

Guillermina Altomonte is a journalist and a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at The New School for Social Research. Her dissertation is an ethnographic study of the labor done by elderly patients, their families, and workers in health care institutions to collectively design and produce transitions in elder care under structural conditions that largely place this responsibility and its costs on individuals. By examining the work of negotiating projects and alternatives of elder care in New York City, she explores how different urban spaces and geographies of care shape the choices available in navigating the process of aging.


Holly Dowell

Holly Dowell is pursuing a master’s degree in the Nonprofit Management program at The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. She holds a B.S. in Information Science, Systems, and Technology from Cornell University’s College of Engineering. Prior to her graduate studies, Holly worked as a UX Designer, employing human-centered strategies to help tech companies create effective, thoughtful experiences. She intends to bring her background in user experience to the social sector in order to encourage more participatory design in solutions for underprivileged or underserved populations. She currently works as a Zolberg Fellow with the International Rescue Committee. Holly contributes to the IRC’s five humanitarian research priorities, by applying her skills in design and information architecture to communicate research findings to internal teams, research collaborators, organization partners, and general audiences.

Shagana Ehamparam

Shagana Ehamparam is a graduate student in the Public and Urban Policy program at The New School. She has a strong interest in gender studies, human rights and issues facing immigrant and refugee communities. During her first semester at The New School, Shagana produced a podcast story for Feet in Two Worlds on immigrants embracing ice hockey in North America and the podcast aired on NPR’s Here and Now. Before moving to New York, Shagana was living in London, UK where she was a Project Manager of Social Innovation Europe (SIE), a two-year European Commission funded project dedicated to building a network of innovators across Europe. She led an online content series looking at initiatives addressing refugee integration in Europe, which also inspired a two-day workshop event in Sicily. Currently, Shagana is a Zolberg Fellow with the Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee working on IPV prevention in Liberia. She is also working on a photojournalism project looking at diaspora communities in New York City.

Emmanuel Guerisoli

Emmanuel Guerisoli is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and History at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Previously, he studied law in Argentina and France, specializing on criminal, international criminal law, constitutional law and human rights, and a masters on politics and international studies in the United States, focusing on international security and terrorism. He’s research centers on how regimes of emergency have affected frameworks of citizenship and socio-political understandings of American membership. Particularly, how the legal and institutional devices, and nativist discourses of belonging have disincorporated political Islam since 9/11. His interests include political and legal sociology, violence, and citizenship as well as postcolonial and critical race studies.
Amanda Porter

Amanda Porter is a doctoral student, pursuing a PhD in Public and Urban Policy from The New School. She is passionate about inclusive urban development and working with vulnerable communities to understand, from people on the ground, what it takes to create pathways to a sustainable and equitable urban environment. As a graduate student at the New School, Amanda traveled to Kampala, Uganda to pursue a fellowship as part of her degree. During her time in Uganda she worked as a researcher for ACTogether, a support NGO for the Ugandan Slum Dwellers Federation and an affiliate of Slum Dwellers International, while concurrently conducting independent research on the gendered effects of forced evictions in Kampala’s slum settlements. Amanda’s current research is focused around refugee resettlement in the United States. She began her professional career as an Americorps Fellow for Public Allies New York in 2010. She has also been a Program Associate with The Elmezzi Foundation for the past six years. In her role at the Foundation, Amanda supports the Executive Director with the grantmaking process and programmatic strategy. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from The New School.

Douglas de Toledo Piza

Douglas de Toledo Piza is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the New School for Social Research and a fellow at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. He also holds a M.A. degree in Sociology, and a B.A. in International Relations, both at the University of São Paulo. His fields of interest are Migration and Mobility, Economic Sociology, Political Economy, and Anthropology of the State. De Toledo Piza’s research interests include Chinese migration, borderlands, special economic zones, markets, and informality. His current research focuses on the conditions for the Chinese migrants’ mobility in an commercial circuit between Ciudad del Este, a Paraguayan city in a tri-border area, and São Paulo, Brazil. In order to understand this issue, his doctoral research addresses the political economy of illegalisms at the intersections of borders, markets, and migration.

Leah Triber

I’m a politics Ph.D. student at the New School for Social Research where I study U.S. politics. Within this subfield, I am interested in the politics of immigration reform as well as theories and practices of citizenship in the 21st century. Presently, I am working on a policy history that analyzes the narratives that have been constructed and employed about immigration from 1980 to present.