ASI Associate Faculty
Sheila Cohen—Literacy, SUNY Cortland
Jason Del Gandio is a writer, thinker, teacher, and activist dedicated to local and global justice. Born in 1974 and raised in a New Jersey working class family, Jason spent his summers doing construction and carpentry with his father. There he learned the rigors of manual labor and the realities of capitalism. Jason was attracted to underground subcultures and non-traditional experiences during his late teens, which led him to philosophical inquiry and cultural critique. He began pursuing questions about human existence, the purpose of life, and alternative ways of being in the world. As a college student, he studied philosophy and speech communication. As a graduate student, he studied the philosophy of communication and performance studies. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the human vibe, which, to the best of his knowledge, is the first and only study of its kind. During his graduate studies, he was heavily impacted by the 1999 W.T.O. protests in Seattle, WA. Witnessing fifty-thousand people shut down an international institution moved Jason in a different direction. He turned to activism and the politics of globalization. Since then he has marched in the streets and stood face-to-face with riot police. He has worked on fair trade, Latin American solidarity, and anti-war campaigns. He has designed and taught college courses such as The Rhetoric of Globalization and Public Advocacy. And he has traveled to Venezuela where he experienced the Bolivarian revolution—a deeply moving experience that opened his eyes to the real possibility of social revolution. Over the past few years, Jason has been working on the theory and practice of “neo-radicalism”—a way of changing the world through rhetoric and communication. That is the underlying theme to his first book, Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for Twenty-First Century Activists. Some of his other writings can be viewed online at Dissident Voice, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Re-Public, Metaphilm, ephemera, Liminalities, and Cultural Logic. Jason is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Janet M. Duncan, Associate Professor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, is also the Director of the Institute for Disability Studies at SUNY Cortland. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Syracuse University where she studied with Dean Douglas Biklen, Dr. Robert Bogdan, and Dr. Steve Taylor, all from the Center on Human Policy and founders of Disability Studies in Education. Her research interests include international human rights for persons with disabilities, inclusive global development, and advocacy for individuals with significant disabilities.
Uri Gordon Ph.D., is an Israeli anarchist theorist and activist. He is a lecturer at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Ketura, Israel. One of several anarchist theorists to come of age during the anti-globalization movement at the turn of the twenty-first century, he has worked with anarchist and radical movements including Indymedia, Peoples' Global Action, and Anarchists Against the Wall. Active primarily in Britain and his native Israel, Gordon has participated in protests at international summits across Europe. Gordon's book Anarchy Alive!, based on his PhD research at Oxford University, was well-received by reviewers. He wrote a guest editorial following the Second Lebanon War in Anarchist Studies volume 14, issue 2, and contributed an article on anarchism in Israel to the subsequent issue. He has written reviews for The New Formulation, and Perspectives on Anarchist Theory. Gordon's work has also appeared in mainstream Israeli newspapers; he has written articles for the English language edition of Haaretz addressing the 2007–2008 world food price crisis, and carbon emission trading, and the Jerusalem Post featured Gordon's "Right of Reply: Anarchy in the Holy Land!" in the op-ed in its June 12, 2007 edition.
Robert Haworth has been interested in anarchism for years; he currently is working on a book on anarchist pedagogy, which will be published with PM Press. He used to play music as a way to express his politics. He comes from a deep background in DIY and put on many benefit shows for Leonard Peltier, Western Shoshone Defense Project, Food Not Bombs, Autonomy House in SLC, Zapatistas, etc. In the 1990's he took his politics on the road and toured around the U.S. and Europe. From '97 to 2000 he co-founded the worker collective Regeneration TV www.regenerationtv.com. . Robert also developed parts of the "Battle of Mexico City" DVD for RATM (Chomsky interview, UNAM and Zapatista pieces). He ended up teaching high school social studies in Northern California while doing his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction at Sonoma State. During the cutbacks Haworth ended up losing his position and moved to New Mexico to pursue a PhD. He received his PhD from NMSU with an emphasis on critical pedagogies. Robert then left the U.S. to teach at Monash University. Currently Robert teaches at University of Wisconsin La Crosse as an Associate Professor in Education.
Noelle Chaddock Paley teaches in Africana Studies and Philosophy and is the interim director of SUNY Cortland's Multicultural Life Office. She also serves as a student, faculty and staff advocate to ensure fair and equitable treatment institutionally at SUNY Cortland. Paley has been working with the Office of Diversity and Equity in Education at the SUNY System level and attended the 2010 Chief Diversity Officer’s Conference in Albany. Paley advises student organizations and supervises professional staff members and student workers. SUNY Cortland students have honored her the last two spring semesters as an “Exemplary Woman of Color.” Paley is currently pursuing a doctorate in philosophy, interpretation and culture; was a Clark Fellow; and will be awarded a women’s studies certificate at graduation from SUNY Binghamton, where she previously earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. Paley received the SUNY Binghamton Human Development Faculty Award for Scholar Activist as well as its Human Development Faculty Award for Outstanding Commitment to Racial and Gender Justice. Her areas of teaching and research include mixed race identity politics and formations; Hip Hop culture; Hip Hop as a philosophic discourse; Africana women on film; prejudiced, discrimination and morality; diasporic fiction; philosophy and law; markets, ethics and law; methods of reasoning; reproductive justice; racial and gender justice; prison abolition; research methods; performance activism and voice training.
Brice Smith graduated with a B.S. in Applied Physics from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997 (cum laude) and received a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003. While an undergraduate he worked at Sundstrand Aerospace as an engineer through the cooperative education program and later joined the company full-time prior to graduate school. At Sundstrand he designed flight critical software for aircraft electric power systems (mainly in the Ada programming language) and helped to develop a PC-based simulation tool to allow designers to test their code before the hardware had been built. In graduate school his focus was on soft condensed matter and biological physics. While at MIT Smith studied the mechanical properties of self-assembled biological structures on both experimental and theoretical grounds. Following graduate school he worked for the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, a non-profit research institute dedicated to applying science in the public interest. While there Smith authored or co-authored numerous reports on technical and environmental issues surrounding nuclear power and nuclear weapons production and on the economics and technical viability of renewable resources to meet our energy needs. In May 2006, he published his first book, entitled Insurmountable Risks: The Dangers of Using Nuclear Power to Combat Global Climate Change. At Cortland he is continuing his research on the environmental and health impacts of radioactive wastes. He also is continuing to explore issues relating to the U.S. and global energy systems, particularly as they relate to nuclear power, renewable energy, and the threat of global warming. Feel free to contact him at: http://www.cortland.edu/physics/FacultyStaff/Smith.htm
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of Kansas
Editor, New York Journal of Sociology
Associate Editor, Critical Sociology
Courses Taught: Sociological Theory, Modern Western Thought, Political Sociology, Sociology of Religion and other cultural sociology courses, American Society, and Introduction to Sociology Research interests: antisemitism and other forms of authoritarianism and right-wing political movements; labor history; the history of the American communist movement; contemporary, critical, and classical theory; intellectual history; political economy. Recent and Forthcoming Publications: Dialectic of Solidarity: Labor, Antisemitism, and the Frankfurt School (Brill) and articles in the journals Telos, Fast Capitalism, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Critical Sociology, and Rethinking Marxism. For the latest visit: http://web.cortland.edu/worrellm/
Ali Shehzad Zaidi is the Director of Publications at the Transformative Studies Institute. Zaidi is also the Vice President of the Southeast European Studies Association (2009-2013): www.seesa.info. He currently teaches as an assistant professor of humanities at the State University of New York at Canton. Zaidi holds a masters degree in English literature from the University of Peshawar (Pakistan), a masters degree in Spanish literature from Queens College (City University of New York) and a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Rochester. Zaidi has published comparative studies on Shakespeare and Calderón in Studies in Philology, Hispanófila, Bulletin of the Comediantes, and The Grove. His essays on the fantastic fiction of Mircea Eliade have appeared in Balkanistica, Neohelicon,Interlitteraria, and International Journal on Humanistic Ideology. Zaidi has written extensively on higher education in New York, publishing in Against The Current, Z, New Politics, Monthly Review, Covert Action Quarterly, Dollars and Sense, Political Affairs, and New Politics. In 2000, his investigative reporting on medical experimentation at the University of Rochester won an honorable mention from Project Censored.
Tiantian Zheng received her Ph.D. in anthropology at Yale University in 2003, and currently teaches as an associate professor of anthropology in the department of Sociology/Anthropology at SUNY Cortland. She is the author of four books on sex, gender, migration, HIV/AIDS, and the state: (2009) Red Lights: The Lives of Sex Workers in Postsocialist China. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press; (2009) Ethnographies of Prostitution in Contemporary China: Gender Relations, HIV/AIDS, and Nationalism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press; (2009) HIV/AIDS Through an Anthropological Lens. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt Publishing; and (forthcoming) Sex-Trafficking, Human Rights, and Social Justice, Routledge. She has also published a number of book chapters by Columbia University Press, Routledge, Edward Elgar, Assoziation A, Germany, and Shanghai Wenhui Press, and articles in journals such as Critical Asian Studies, China Quarterly, City and Society, Journal of Contemporary China, Modern China, China Perspectives, China: An International Journal, Wagadu, A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies; Altérités, and Yale Journal of Student Anthropology.