On the historic date of January 6, 2021, Instructor of Political Science Prof. Douglas Medina was the invited guest on A New Day, a radio broadcast hosted on WBAI 99.5FM by Dr. Johanna Fernandez, author of The Young Lords: A Radical History and Associate Professor of History at Baruch College, CUNY. In the midst of the worst stage of the COVID-19 pandemic to date, the scholars discussed the US response to the coronavirus; the socioeconomic effects on workers and communities of color; the latest in workers’ rights movements; and most prominently, that morning’s dramatic results of the Georgia run-off election and the certification of the 2020 presidential election by Congress.
Prof. Medina joined Guttman as Instructor of Political Science in 2019. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Prof. Medina holds an M.A. in Liberal Studies from The New School and an M.Phil. in Political Science from the CUNY Graduate Center. His research is focused on the political economy of higher education and the influence of race and class politics – as well as mental health – on approaches to solving poverty and inequality. Prof. Medina has over 20 years of experience in higher education, ranging from adjunct instructor of political science to his most recent administrative position as Associate Director of the Undergraduate Honors Program at Baruch College, CUNY. Prof. Medina has also trained over 600 people in Mental Health First Aid, both at CUNY colleges and in communities throughout New York City. His areas of expertise include the political economy of higher education; critiques of dominant ideologies within American capitalism; race and class in policy solutions to poverty and inequality; and mental health in relation to political and social factors.