Assistant Director, CSER
Josephine Caputo is Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER). She provides support in the creative process and for the center’s main mission to show artistic and thematic exhibits around CSER’s key areas of interest, including immigration, citizenship, national formations, public space, race, ethnicity and indigeneity. Her role mainly comprises of safeguarding the continuous success for CSER to remain Columbia’s leading interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race. Aiding the center to cultivate a setting for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. Josephine coordinates a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum and Studies Program Series, Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series.
Prior to joining the Center, Josephine was manager of continuing medical education and community events for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for the University of Miami. Josephine has used her gifts and talents in marketing, grant writing and fund-raising. Formerly, she worked at New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a certified surgical technologist. Josephine received her B.A. from The College of New Rochelle, and is currently pursuing her Masters.
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Mae M. Ngai
Mae M. Ngai, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies, is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia in 1998 and taught at the University of Chicago before returning to Columbia in 2006. Ngai is author of Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton 2004), which won six awards, including the Frederick Jackson Turner prize (best first book) from the OAH and the Littleton Griswold prize (best book in legal history) from the AHA. She has held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, NYU Law School, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Ngai has written on immigration history and policy matters for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The Boston Review.
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Karl Jacoby has devoted his career to understanding the ways in which the making of the United States intertwined with the unmaking of a variety of other societies—from Native American nations to the communities of northern Mexico—and the ecologies upon which they rested. His scholarship is distinguished by its close attention to questions of narrative and storytelling, in-depth micro-historical approach, and border-crossing nature. Professor Jacoby’s published work straddles multiple boundaries—not only the geographic divisions between East and West, and Mexico and the United States, but also the methodological divides between labor history and environmental history, genocide studies and Native American history, and borderlands history and African-American history.
Professor Jacoby received his A.B. in 1987 from Brown University and his Ph.D. in American history in 1997 from Yale University. After a year as a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College, he returned to Brown as an assistant professor of history in 1999 and was named full professor in 2009. In the fall of 2012, he moved to Columbia University, where he currently serves as a professor in the Department of History and in the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.
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Raymond Garcia brings his administrative talents to the role of Coordinator at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER). He holds a Bachelors of Technology in Hospitality Management, and has overseen several cultural programs at The Museum of the City of New York, The Intrepid, and The Transit museum. Prior to these positions, Raymond has accrued many years of experience in hotel management, vendor relations and corporate accounting.
With Dominican-born parents, Raymond traces his heritage to an island rich with diverse global influences. He understands the cultural significance of community innate to Ethnicity & Race Studies, and is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace. With the help of his vibrant professional and cultural background, Raymond looks forward to bringing his expertise and enthusiasm to CSER.
MA Program in American Studies
Program Director, MA in American Studies
Matt Sandler has a Ph.D. in English from Columbia. After graduate school, he taught at Louisiana State University, Gettysburg College, and the University of Oregon, before returning to Columbia. His work has appeared in African American Review, Atlantic Studies, Callaloo, Comparative Literature, European Romantic Review, Twentieth Century Literature, the Journal of American Studies, and the L.A. Review of Books, as well as a number of anthologies. His book, "The Black Romantic Revolution: Abolitionist Poetics in the Civil War Era and Beyond" is forthcoming from Verso in 2020. He also acts as co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar in American Studies.