Faculty members at the New York City university can discuss the history and purpose of this recognition, the psychology of race, class and culture, migration and border policies, and diaspora policies


New York, September 14, 2021 -- Faculty experts at The New School, a progressive New York City university with academic programs in global studies; race, class and culture; migration; psychology and more are available for comment on Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month.

Faculty members can speak on a range of issues including: racial identity and colonialism; global migration; liberation psychology; and mental wellbeing among racial/ethnic minorities and immigrant youth.

The faculty members are:

  • Daniel Gaztambide, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Assistant Director of clinical training in the Department of Clinical Psychology at The New School for Social Research, and director of the Frantz Fanon Center for Intersectional Psychology. He is an expert on Liberation Psychology, race, class and culture in psychodynamic psychotherapy, and Puerto Rican racial identity and colonialism. He is also a spoken word artist and performer in the Nuyorican poetry movement, and an active member of the Puerto Rican poetry troupe, The Títere Poets. He is the author of the book A People’s History of Psychoanalysis: From Freud to Liberation Psychology.

Areas of expertise: Ethnicity in clinical practice; Liberation psychology; Puerto Rican racial identity and colonialism

  • Lillian Polanco-Roman, Assistant Professor of Psychology and a licensed clinical psychologist, is an expert in the intersecting areas of cultural psychology, mental health, and youth development. Her research investigates the sociocultural context of the development of psychopathology as well as the promotion of mental well-being among racial/ethnic minority and immigrant youth. One major goal of her lab is to examine the mental health consequences of experiences of culture-specific stress in its various forms including racial and ethnic discrimination.

Areas of expertise: Cultural psychology; Mental health and well-being among racial/ethnic minority and immigrant youth; Culture-specific stress in its various forms including racial and ethnic discrimination.

  • Alexandra Delano, Associate Professor of Global Studies, research focuses on diaspora policies, the transnational relationships between states and migrants, migration in the Central America-Mexico-US corridor, sanctuary, and the politics of memory in relation to borders, violence and migration. Her current research focuses on transformative practices of solidarity across the Central America-Mexico-US migration corridor. She is co-founder and former co-director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility with Miriam Ticktin.

Areas of expertise: Migration; Border violence; Global studies

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.



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