Student Fellows

The Zolberg Institute fosters the next generation of migration scholars and advocates through its Student Fellows program. Fellows comprise of students enrolled in the Institute’s courses, or employed as research associates at the Institute.


Alyssa Kropp

Student Fellow

Alyssa Kropp is a graduate student in the Transdisciplinary Design MFA program at Parsons. She brings a background in international development and global health to her work, having worked for nonprofits and USAID in countries such as Vietnam, South Africa, Peru, and Nicaragua. Her interests include the intersection of design, ecology, and politics, and how they affect communities across the globe. Her current work explores the impact of climate change on NYC residents’ everyday lives, and the role of sound in urban commons.

Amanda Porter

Student Fellow

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.

Claire Harlan

Student Fellow

Claire Harlan is a graduate student at The New School in International Affairs focusing on human rights research and advocacy. Her research interest is in rural to urban migration, land rights, and the effects of poverty and globalization on women. Claire has a BFA from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. Her artwork focuses on the relationships between humans, landscape and the built environment.

Clara Marina von Loebenstein

Student Fellow

Clara Marina von Loebenstein is a candidate for the master’s degree in International Affairs at the New School focusing on Conflict and Security. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus in political science, Latin America, and Portuguese from Middlebury College in 2012. Her thesis focused on the actors and motivators behind the Shining Path in Peru. During her undergraduate studies, she was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship to conduct research on structural and cultural violence and its relationship to terrorism in Peru. She was also awarded the Kathryn R. Davis Critical Language Scholarship for Peace in 2010. After graduating from Middlebury College, Clara worked in the legal field in New York and in Brazil. She worked in immigration, corporate securities, litigation, and criminal law at Fragomen, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office respectively. For the past two years, she has focused on immigration law, participating in pro bono activities as well as volunteering at a Federal Detention Center in Texas to assist detainees with their asylum applications. Currently, Clara works as a Program Associate at the Observatory on Latin America (OLA) at the New School.

Clover Reshad

Student Fellow

Clover Reshad is a graduate student in the Politics program at The New School for Social Research. She holds a B.A. in Politics and International Relations from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Before attending the New School, Clover held the position of Coordinator at Kavalari Refugee Camp in Northern Greece. As a Zolberg Student Fellow, Clover has a strong interest in migration, nationalism and sovereignty, and she is currently working on a paper that looks at the issue of “climate refugees” through a postcolonial-feminist lens.

Daniel Horowitz

Student Fellow

Daniel Horowitz is a teacher, writer, and researcher pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the New School for Public Engagement. He holds a BFA in Media Arts from Northeastern University. Previously, Daniel taught first graders Ecology in Prospect Park with Brooklyn Nature Days and he currently teaches undergraduates Literature & Writing at the School of Visual Arts. His research at the Institute relates to his ongoing oral history project about the ecological crises effecting the Mississippi Gulf Coast – the language and culturing practices of resilience. Daniel is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Institute’s Arts and Literature journal, Huddled Masses.

Daniel Smyth

Student Fellow

Daniel Smyth is a philosophy MA student at the New School for Social Research, with a focus on applied ethics. He has conducted field work with coffee farmers in Aceh to understand the impact of Fair Trade and has studied in China. When time permits, he enjoys playing soccer. Daniel is currently assisting with research and planning for Zolberg’s recent podcast series, ‘Tempest Tossed.’

Emma Letcher

Student Fellow

Emma Letcher will graduate from Eugene Lang College with a degree in anthropology and interdisciplinary science. With a strong focus on community and social justice, her education has involved the study of public health, human migration, politics, with a specific focus Israel and Palestine. In 2016-2017 she studied in Haifa, in spring 2018 completed a field project in Jordan, and in summer 2018 received an award to study health in Malta. As a program assistant for an NGO dedicated to supporting girls’ health and education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she contributed to grant writing, organized fundraising events, and coordinated volunteer responsibilities. Based on her work with displaced Syrians she co-authored a report based on the findings of the Manufacturing Landscapes: The Politics and Practices of the Jordan Refugee Compact. Emma will complete her senior thesis focused the healthcare support systems for those living with dementia in Malta, interviewing government officials, researchers at the university, and those working locally in the elderly home.

Emmanuel Guerisoli

Student Fellow

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. Emmanuel’s research explores the legal institutional framework and its devices, such as the travel ban, deportations, military commissions, and denationalization among others, that have emerged during the war on terror and that have critically altered the borders of U.S. jurisdiction, shattering the uniformity of constitutional protection to citizens and foreigners. Particularly, Emmanuel’s focus is on the interaction between the extra and intra-territorial dynamics of the legal mechanisms of the war on terror and U.S. borders as artifacts that mobilize and immobilize populations. Emmanuel relies on race critical theory and (post)colonial studies, making use of a historical comparative methodology and critical legal analysis. This is in order to trace the complex genealogies of each different legal mechanisms and to showcase how they have generated differential citizenship by extending jurisdiction beyond U.S. borders and by fragmenting constitutional protections to certain subjects within the country.

Katja Starc Card

Student Fellow

Katja Starc Card is an urbanist, researcher, and interdisciplinary designer. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Public and Urban Policy at the New School. Her doctoral research explores the relationship between the state and society at the city level, focusing on responsive and inclusive municipal governance in fragile and limited capacity contexts.
She has international experience in post-conflict reconstruction, local governance, design, and community-driven slum upgrading. While pursuing her Master’s at UCL’s Development Planning Unit in London, Katja participated in the assessment of the Baan Mankong Collective Housing program for low-income communities in Thailand. She then spent several years in Afghanistan, where she worked as a researcher and monitoring and evaluation professional for local research NGOs, and international humanitarian and development organizations. Working with the Kabul-based Liaison Office and the Cooperation for Peace and
Unity, Katja served in key data collection, fieldwork coordination, and research management roles. During her time with People in Need, she was involved in monitoring rural development and emergency relief
projects in northern Afganistan. As Monitoring and Evaluation Manager of a USAID-funded stabilization project implemented by DAI in northern Afghanistan, Katja was responsible for tracking the delivery of public
services and assessing government responsiveness to the needs of marginalized communities.
At the IRC, Katja is focusing on the adaptation of humanitarian response to urban contexts. Specifically, she is looking at ways the IRC can sustain existing relationships with city governments and ensure short term humanitarian programming leads to self-reliance of displaced and marginalized populations and contributes to long-term development goals of the host city. As part of the Fellowship, Katja has traveled to Kampala in January 2019 to explore opportunities for
collaboration and coordination between humanitarian agencies, civil society and the municipality of Kampala to meet the needs of its displaced and marginalized residents.

Lyndsey Nuebel

Student Fellow

Lyndsey Nuebel is currently a master’s student at the New School for Social Research in the Anthropology Department. Her research interests are centered around transnational spaces, and how bodies, objects, and ideas are translated through their movements and circulations. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology from the University of New Orleans. Her previous work includes assisting the Wayuu people of northern Colombia in the fight for their right to their ancestral lands. She has also conducted extensive archaeological excavations across the United States and in Austria, including an excavation of a World War II Tuskegee airman.

Maria Francisca Paz y Miño

Student Fellow

Maria Francisca Paz y Miño is a native Ecuadorian living in New York City. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management – focusing her research on regional migration trends in Latin America and the components of environmental social injustices. Her research looks to understand in depth new policies, economic inclusive solutions and push for democratic debates. Maria Francisca holds a B.A in International Relations and Political Science from Universidad San Francisco de Quito and an M.A in Development Economics from the New School.

Regarding her professional working experience, she has worked for the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations in New York working on the rights of indigenous communities, as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programe for Latin America and the Caribbean, at the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) and the Human Rights Foundation. As a an activist and political advisor to several organizations, her expertise is in international economic development planning, project management, fundraising, and technology strategies to strengthen democracy.

She currently is part of the board of a non-governmental organization in Quito Ecuador that works to promote social inclusion and education to kids with special abilities. She has worked both at the local and governmental levels and is seeking to understand law in depth, specifically understanding the questions, “what is identity?” and “how can migrants become social and impactful actors in society to help create better policies and social programs?”

Max Stearns

Student Fellow

Max Stearns is a first-year graduate student in the Transdisciplinary Design MFA program at the Parson’s School of Design. Previously, he served as a program director for the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. Max has ceaseless curiosity about the interconnectedness of all things: people, environments, objects, etc. and is a passionate believer in the importance of curiosity, criticality, imagination, and playfulness. He strives to design and build tools with folks, so we can all thrive on our own terms.

Maya Herman

Student Fellow

Maya Herman is a second-year M.A. student in the Department of Sociology at The New School for Social Research. She holds a B.A. in Gender and Women Studies and Political Science from Tel Aviv University. Her research interests are national identities, social movements, social justice, migration, post-coloniality, and cultural and historical sociology.

Mónica Salmón Gómez

Student Fellow

Mónica Salmón Gómez is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Sociology at the New School for Social Research (NSSR). She is a fellow student and the Research Assistant at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. She is an honorary member of the Network of Colombians Victims for Peace Latin America and the Caribbean (Revicpaz-Lac for its initials in Spanish). She holds a BA in International Relations from ITESO and a Masters in Social Sciences from the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico. Mónica co-founded FM4 Paso Libre (NGO in defense of the human rights of migrants in transit during their journey through Mexico), coordinated it from 2009 to October 2014, and is a current board member. From 2015 to 2016 she was the regional coordinator of knowledge management and networks at Asylum Access Latin America, where she coordinated the Regional Working Group for the Brazil Action Plan (GAR-PAB for its initials in Spanish), a Latin America network of more than 40 civil society organizations that work on international protection. From this position, she encouraged the creation of the Revicpaz-Lac. In 2013, she received the Jalisco Women Award granted by the Jalisco Woman Institute, for her outstanding humanitarian work on behalf of migrants and refugees. In addition, she received the UVM Award for Social Development 2013 and the Irene Robledo García Award 2014 for outstanding women granted by the Guadalajara City Council and is winner of the President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship in its fifth convocation (2015-2016), organized by the National University of San Martin of Argentina and the Latin American Observatory (OLA) at The New School, New York. Her research topics focus on international migration, borders, illegalization, international protection, human rights, and migration policies.

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