Meet the Faculty

Molly Makris, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies

Dr. Molly Vollman Makris

Email: Molly.Makris@guttman.cuny.edu
Phone: 646-313-8012
Location: 609-B

Dr. Molly Vollman Makris, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Urban Studies, holds a Ph.D. in Urban Systems, with concentrations in Urban Educational Policy and the Urban Environment, from Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She received her M.A.L.S. in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center and a B.S. in Secondary Education from NYU. Dr. Makris began her career as a social studies teacher in a public high school in New York City, later working for a nonprofit youth development organization. Her current areas of research are urban education reform, charter schools, school segregation, privatization of public space, and gentrification.

Dr. Makris won the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics’ Choice Book Award and the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Book Award in 2016 for authoring Public Housing and School Choice in a Gentrified City: Youth Experiences of Uneven Opportunity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Her next book, Gentrification Down the Shore  (Rutgers University Press) co-authored with Dr. Mary Gatta will come out in 2020. Her articles have been featured in the Peabody Journal of Education, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Journal of Education Policy. Dr. Makris’ research and teaching have been covered by The Takeaway, The 74 Million, and Chalkbeat, to name a few. She enjoys presenting her work at the conferences of the AESA, the American Educational Research Association, and the21 Urban Affairs Association.

Professor Marcus Allen

Dr. Marcus Allen

Email: Marcus.Allen@guttman.cuny.edu
Phone: 646-313-8072
Location: 610-F

Professor of Urban Studies Dr. Marcus Allen joined the Guttman faculty in 2013, serving as Urban Studies Program Coordinator from 2014 to 2016, administering program operations, and representing its interests to internal and external partners. Since 2015, Dr. Allen has been the committed Program Director of Guttman’s United Men of Color (UMOC), part of the CUNY Black Male Initiative funded by the New York City Council.

Prior to Guttman, Dr. Allen was the Program Coordinator of both the African, African American, Diaspora Studies Program and the South Africa and Botswana Study Abroad Program at Wheaton College. A prolific scholar in his field, Dr. Allen’s publications have appeared in the Journal of Race and Policy, Journal of Black Studies, and The American Review of Politics, among others, and he has presented at numerous conferences in his areas of expertise. Dr. Allen earned his B.A. as a double major in Political Science and Philosophy, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY).

Andrea Morrell

Dr. Andrea Morrell

Email: Andrea.Morrell@guttman.cuny.edu
Phone: 646-313-8094
Location: 605-H

Dr. Andrea Morrell is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Anthropology at Guttman, where she teaches courses on urban inequality, labor, sex and gender, and immigration in the First Year Experience as well as courses in the Urban Studies program. Her research focuses on prisons, race and class, and deindustrialization in the United States. Dr. Morrell is completing a book on race, class, the carceral state, and prison expansion in Elmira, New York. Her writing has been published in the journals Transforming Anthropology and North American Dialogue.

James Rodriguez

Dr. James Rodriguez

Email: James.Rodriguez@guttman.cuny.edu
Phone: 646-313-8009
Location: 610-M

Assistant Professor of History at Guttman since Fall 2017, Dr. Rodriguez graduated from the Ph.D. program in American Studies at New York University (NYU), completing his dissertation on race, police, public housing policy and gentrification. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in both English and Psychology, with a minor in Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Dr. Rodriguez is the co-author of the chapter “Social Capital, Gentrification, and Inequality in New York City,” in Racial Inequality in New York City: Looking Backward and Forward (SUNY Press, 2018). Alongside teaching and academic research, he has worked as a public housing and land use organizer on the Lower East Side and a curriculum developer and consultant at the Murphy Institute, CUNY.