Spring 2021 Faculty Publications

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In a spring semester filled with hard realities but also new hope—we marked the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the emergence of game-changing vaccines—Lehman faculty continued their commitment to world-class research and scholarship. Their work examines an array of timely subjects, from the 2020 election to climate change. What’s more, many turned their scholarly focus to COVID itself, probing and responding to the seismic shifts wrought by the pandemic. See below for articles, books, and creative projects by Lehman faculty produced between January and June 2021. (For Fall 2020 listings, click here.)  


Africana Studies
Professor Mark Christian published  The 20thCentury Civil Rights Movement: An Africana Studies Perspective (Kendall Hunt). 

Associate Professor LaRose T. Parris authored the chapter, “To Be Young, Gifted, and Woman: Reading Rosa Luxemburg through Lorraine Hansberry and the Black Radical Tradition” in Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg (Rowman & Littlefield).

Associate Professor of English Melissa Castillo Planas published “Serving Students of Color at Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Beyond,” at The Latinx Project. 

Assistant Professor Benjamin Holtzman published The Long Crisis: New York City and the Path to Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press). 

Journalism and Media Studies
Assistant Professor Eileen Markey published “Rat-Borne Bacteria and other Amenities in Ved Parkash’s Buildings” in the spring issue of The Village Voice.

Latin American and Latino Studies
Distinguished Professor Laird W. Bergad published the reports, “The Dominican Population of the New York Metropolitan Region, 1970 – 2019” and “Voting Changes between the 2016 and 2020 Presidential Elections in Counties Across the United States with Large Latino-Origin Populations.” In addition, with Luis A. Miranda Jr., a Democratic consultant and the founding president of the Hispanic Federation, Bergad co-authored “Latino Voter Registration and Participation Rates in the 2020 Presidential Election.”

Assistant Professor Mila Burns published the Portuguese edition of her book, Dona Ivone Lara—Sorriso Negro (Editora Cobogó).

Professor Forrest Colburn co-authored the article, “The puzzle of COVID-19 in Central America and Panama” in the Journal of Global Health.

Professor Alyshia Gálvez published “Paqueteros and Paqueteras: Humanizing a Dehumanized Food System” in Gastronomica and “The Future Is Now: Alyshia Gálvez and Sean Sherman On Building Indigenous Futures” in Mold magazine.

Music, Multimedia Theatre, and Dance
Professor of Music and Chair Diana Mittler-Battipaglia performed Robert Schumann’s Fantasietücke, Op.12 and Fantasiestück, Op. 73 in two lecture-recitals streamed on the department’s YouTube Channel.

Professor of Music Penny Prince authored “Mounting a Musical During the Pandemic” in Music Notes, a publication of the Idaho Music Educators Association. Prince also composed and directed an online production, “Cinderella ’21.”

Professor Naomi Zack published The American Tragedy of COVID-19: Social and Political Crises of 2020 (Rowman & Littlefield).


Counseling, Leadership, Literacy, and Special Education
Associate Professor Rosa Rivera-McCutchen published the book, Radical Care: Leading for Justice in Urban Schools (Teachers College Press).


Elgloria Harrison, dean of the School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing, co-authored the chapter, “Adaptive Survival Strategies: A Case Study Analysis of Four Historically Black Colleges and Universities” in Reimagining Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Survival Beyond 2021. The book is part of the "Great Debates in Higher Education” series. Harrison also co-authored “COVID-19 pandemic-related changes in wellness behavior among older Americans” in BMC Public Health.

Health Sciences 
Kate Burt, assistant professor of Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition, published “The whiteness of the Mediterranean Diet: A historical, sociopolitical, and dietary analysis using Critical Race Theory” in the Journal of Critical Dietetics. Burt also co-authored “MSG is A-OK: Exploring the Xenophobic History of and Best Practices for Consuming Monosodium Glutamate” in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  

Burt and Assistant Professor of Recreation Education and Therapy Jacob Eubank co-authored the article, "Optimism, Resilience, and Other Health-Protective Factors Among Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic” in the Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education. In addition, Burt, Eubank, and Health Sciences Adjunct Professor John Orazem co-authored “Examining the psychometric properties of a refined perceived stress scale during the COVID-19 pandemic” in the Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

Assistant Professor of Recreation Education and Therapy Hyangmi Kim co-authored "Memorable travel experiences: recollection vs. belief” in Tourism Recreation Research.

Brad Schoenfeld, associate professor of Exercise Science, co-authored numerous articles, including “Loading Recommendations for Muscle Strength, Hypertrophy, and Local Endurance: A Re-Examination of the Repetition Continuum” in Sports; “Partial range of motion training elicits favorable improvements in muscular adaptations when carried out at long muscle lengths” in the European Journal of Sports Science; "Effect of different eccentric tempos on hypertrophy and strength of the lower limbs" in Biology of Sport; and “Personalized, Evidence-Informed Training Plans for Performance, Fitness, and Health” and “No Time to Lift? Designing Time-Efficient Training Programs for Strength and Hypertrophy: A Narrative Review” in Sports Medicine. With Health Sciences Adjunct Professor John Orazem and other colleagues, Schoenfeld also co-authored “Effects of resistance training performed to repetition failure or non-failure on muscular strength and hypertrophy: A systematic review and meta-analysis” in the Journal of Sport and Health Science. 

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Judith Weissman co-authored “The current social environment and its association with serious psychological distress among adults who identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual: findings from the National Health Interview Survey (2013–2018)” in the Journal of Public Health.

Social Work
Associate Professor Justine McGovern, joined by Assistant Professor of Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition Kate Burt and Assistant Professor of Art David Schwittek, co-authored the article “Food for Thought: Culturally Diverse Older Adults’ Views on Food and Meals Captured by Student-Led Digital Storytelling in the Bronx” in Urban Social Work.  

Professor Evan Senreich co-authored “Adverse Childhood Experiences and Career-Related Issues among Licensed Social Workers: A Qualitative Study” in Smith College Studies in Social Work. He also co-authored “Racial and Age Disparities in Licensing Rates Among a Sample of Urban MSW Graduates” in Social Work and, along with Associate Professor Brenda Williams-Gray, “Factors Impacting Diverse Students’ Perceptions of the Police at Two Urban Colleges” in the Journal of College Student Development.

Assistant Professor Amanda Sisselman-Borgia authored “An Adapted Life Skills Empowerment Program for Homeless Youth: Preliminary Findings” in Child & Youth Services. With Associate Professor of Psychology Mia Budescu and Massiel Ramos, a Department of Social Work alum, she co-authored “Mental Health Among Black Youth Experiencing Socioeconomic Microaggressions” in Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.

Assistant Professor and Business Librarian Martha Lerski, who serves as a liaison to the Economics and Business and Art Departments, co-authored “Intangible cultural heritage: a benefit to climate-displaced and host communities” in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.


Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor Julio Gallego-Delgado co-authored “Increased miR-21-3p and miR-487b-3p serum levels during anaphylactic reaction in food allergic children” in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

Joseph Rachlin, professor of Plant Sciences, co-authored “Eighty-three years of vascular plant change at Alley Pond Park, Queens County, New York” in The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society and “A Forty-Seven Year Comparison Of the Vascular Flora at Three Abandoned Rice Fields, Georgetown, South Carolina, U.S.A.” in the Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

Eleanore Wurtzel, professor of Plant Sciences, co-authored the articles “Regulation of carotenoid and chlorophyll pools in hesperidia, anatomically unique fruits found only in Citrus in Plant Physiology andBuilding the Synthetic Biology Toolbox with Enzyme Variants to Expand Opportunities for Biofortification of Provitamin A and Other Health-Promoting Carotenoids” in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Wurtzel also co-authored the book chapters “Improved Expression and Purification of the Carotenoid Biosynthetic Enzyme Z-ISO” and “Elucidating Carotenoid Biosynthetic Enzyme Localization and Interactions Using Fluorescent Microscopy” in Plant and Food Carotenoids: Methods and Protocols in the Methods in Molecular Biology series. 

Economics and Business
Assistant Professor Sean Stein Smith published two books: Shifting from Accounting Practitioner to Academia: Tactics, Tips, and Strategies for the Transition (Palgrave) and The Emerald Handbook of Blockchain for Business (Emerald Publishing), which he co-authored. He also authored several articles, including “Cryptoasset Development, Regulatory Maturation, and Future Directions – Considerations for Accounting Practitioners” in Accountancy Business and the Public Interest and “Central Bank Digital Currencies – An Analysis of Implications and Considerations for Accounting Professionals” in the Journal of Theoretical Accounting Research. In addition, Smith writes a weekly column for Forbes magazine, and his articles, “How Blockchain and Cryptoasset Banking Developments Could Enhance the Cannabis Marketplace” and “How the Cannabis Industry Can Benefit from a Blockchain and Cryptoasset Payment System” were published on NJCPA.org, the website of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Assistant Professor Renato Ghini Bettiol co-authored “Convex Algebraic Geometry of Curvature Operators” in SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry and “Nonuniqueness of Conformal Metrics With Constant Q-curvature” in International Mathematics Research Notices.  

Professor Christina Sormani co-authored “Sequences of three dimensional manifolds with positive scalar curvaturein Differential Geometry and its Applications and “Smocked Metric Spaces and their Tangent Cones” in the Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences.

Brian Wynne, a doctoral lecturer, authored “Construction of existentially closed Abelian lattice-ordered groups using Fraïssé limits” in Algebra Universalis and co-authored “Atoms in the lattice of covering operators in compact Hausdorff spaces” in Topology and its Applications.

Physics and Astronomy
Professor of Physics and Deputy Chair Luis Anchordoqui co-authored  “Health threat from cosmic radiation during manned missions to Mars” in Proceedings of Science, along with graduate students Alexandra Bloshenko and Jasmin Robinson. 

Political Science
Assistant Professor Duran Fiack authored “Governing for resilience: a new epoch in U.S. environmental policy and politics?” in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

He also co-authored the article “Sustainable adaptation: Social equity and local climate adaptation planning in U.S. cities” in the journal Cities with three of his students, Jeremy Cumberbatch, Michael Sutherland, and Nadine Zerphey.

Professor and Chair Elhum Haghighat authored the review of "Women in Place: The Politics of Gender Segregation in Iran," by Nazanin Shahrokni, in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies