Class Notes, Fall 2020

September 30, 2020

Craig Lanier Allen, PhD ’19,  was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Emerging Voices fellowship. He will serve on the faculties of History and French Studies at New York University and direct NYU's Public Humanities Initiative.

Sara Awartani, PhD ’20, was awarded a Global American Studies postdoctoral fellowship from the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University.

Cary Cheifetz, BA ’76,  has been installed as an officer of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, a national charity which provides grants to eligible organizations that protect families and children.

Kenneth Cotton, BA ’75, currently resides in Los Angeles and is a partner in the private equity firm Wilson, Cross, & Talbot. He was formally the vice president of operations and now concentrates on a specific group of acquisitions in the healthcare sector.

Michelle Delaney, MA ’91, just celebrated 31 years working at the Smithsonian Institution in 2020, and started a new position at the National Museum of the American Indian as assistant director for history and culture.

In Memoriam: James Moore Goode, PhD ’95, Read Emeritus Professor Richard Longstreth’s tribute to him.

Talib Hudson, BA ’04, is the new policy director at Community Justice Action fund, an organization that builds power with and for communities of color to end gun violence.

Paul Kaplan, MA ’79, has been a museum curator (while still in school), technical writer and a technical and healthcare editor. He lives in Philadelphia and works at a pharmaceutical company.

Mark Kates, BA ’82 is proud to be a founding member of the WRGW Alumni Committee who seeks to identify alumni. He is asking fellow alumni to please let him know if you were part of the station in any way while at GW.

Michael La Place, BA ’85, MA ’89, is the planning director for Princeton, New Jersey. Michael is managing the implementation of the Fair Share Affordable Housing Plan and providing design review of several major new campus projects at Princeton University.

Ciaran Lithgow, BA ’17, is currently working towards a master’s of community and regional planning at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. They are also working full time at CBRE, the world's largest international commercial real estate firm.

Robert Michaels, BA ’74, recently retired after nearly 40 years as a city planning consultant. Robert also moved from New Jersey to Hilton Head, S.C.  He is dividing his time between Hilton Head and Ashburn, Virginia.

Makiko Monden, BA ’77, now lives in Tokyo.

Anayeli Nunez Almengor, BA ’19, just moved to the Bay Area where she is starting her PhD at UC Berkeley in history. She will be looking primarily at Mexico and it's transnational connections in the 20th century.

Kim Probolus, PhD ’19, authored the opinion piece “Men, You Need to Listen to Women” for The New York Times

Torrey Sanders, BA ’17 was accepted into NYU’s Music Business program.

Brian Santana, PhD ’12 is currently a lecturer of English and Modern Languages at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Renee Scott, MA ’19 is now a doctoral student in the Department of Women's Studies at The University of Maryland, College Park.

Liz Sieck, BA ’13, is slated to begin her PhD at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in October 2020. She will utilize a multidisciplinary approach to assess through qualitative research the cultural barriers to success and failure for Bedouin women in the Negev.

Kelly Straw, BA ’09,  is an artist manager in the music industry.  She heads up the Los Angeles outpost of U.K.-based firm Modest! Management.

Scotty Suter, PhD ’94, published his book A Potter's Progress: Emanuel Suter and the Business of Craft earlier this year by the University of Tennessee Press. He is a professor of English and American Studies at Bridgewater College.