Health Policy Management and Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Jade Tan is a graduate student in Public Health at Columbia University, concentrating in Health Policy Management and Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She has a B.A. from the University of Virginia in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law (PPL), as well as Biomedical Ethics. Her work and interests focus on human genetic engineering ethics, precision medicine technology, neuroscience, synthetic biology, philosophy of mind, jurisprudence and constitutional law, and the ethical, philosophical, sociopolitical, legal, and deeply human dimensions of future technologies.
Graduate Student, New York University
Tiffany Taylor is currently a graduate student at New York University and research fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine. Her research interests span the fields of medicine, public health, and ethics. Most recently, she graduated with an M.P.H. in Epidemiology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, on a fellowship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously she served as the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations and as a Fulbright research fellow in New Delhi, India. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago with majors in Political Science, Sociology, and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies). Outside of academia, Tiffany’s interest are running, hiking, playing the piano, and collecting comic books.
English and Comparative Literature
Kate Trebuss is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her dissertation, entitled "Critical Care: Medical Life Writing, Memory, and the Politics of Health," investigates how contemporary autobiographical stoies of illness and medical care facilitate the remembering and forgetting of certain histories and current conditions of violence, oppression, invisibility and inequality, as well as the connections between them.
Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
Alanna Valdez is a Master’s student in philosophy at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. She also holds a Master’s degree in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University’s School of International Service, where she wrote her thesis on how the recently ratified UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities shifts disability rights to a human rights perspective. Her philosophical interests include: personhood, agency, and non-rational justifications for human rights.
Graduate Student, Columbia University
Stephanie Valentinetti is a Project Coordinator at the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University Medical Center and a graduate student in Columbia's Master's in Bioethics program. She studies ethical issues related to mHealth technology, wearable devices, and data ownership. Stephanie's thesis will focus on the ethics of professional athletes' use of wearable and biometric technologies. Prior to CUMC, she spent four years at Major League Baseball working in anti-doping for the Department of Investigations.
Art History, Hunter College
Emmanuel von Schack is a deaf art history graduate student at Hunter College; his master's thesis focuses on German artists who were veterans of the First World War and the works of art they created during and after the War. By interweaving disability theories with Foucauldian feminist and queer theories, he explores the complex relationship between masculinity and disability as conveyed in Weimar culture and art. He works as an educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R.
Graduate Student, Bioethics, Columbia University
Alexa Woodward is a newly accepted graduate student in the Bioethics program at Columbia University School of Professional Studies. She graduated with honors from California State University Chico with a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2015, having also competed an Honors Thesis focused on autonomy, futility, and end of life issues. After graduate school, she plans on attending medical school or pursuing a Ph.D. program. Outside of academia, Alexa is an ardent fitness enthusiast, artist, and vocalist.
Armanc Yildiz is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. His current research interests are sexuality, race, labor, political economy, colonialism, migration, Germany, and the anthropology of Europe. He received his master’s degree (with Distinction) in International Performance Research at the University of Warwick. He has a bachelor’s degree (with Honors) in Cultural Studies with a minor on Art Theory and Criticism at Sabanci University.
Rafia Zaman is presently pursuing her doctoral thesis in Political Science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India under the supervision of Prof. Gurpreet Mahajan. She is interested in the intersectionality of gender and identity politics represented by Muslim women. As part of her M.Phil, she wrote a dissertation on the topic “ ‘Islamic Feminism’: A Critical Appraisal”. Her current research focuses on Muslim women’s activism in India from the period following the Shah Bano controversy till the present.