Brief Vita


Academic Experience

Assistant Professor of Public & Nonprofit Management, C.U.N.Y. Baruch College Marxe School of Public & International Affairs, 2019-Present

Distinguished Lecturer, C.U.N.Y. Hostos Community College, 2010-2013

College & Professional Service

Delegate (of the Baruch College Chapter), Delegate Assembly, Professional Staff Congress-C.U.N.Y., 2020

Member, Asylum Committee, N.Y. Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2020

Faculty Advisor, MPA Club, Baruch College Marxe School, 2020

Member, Diversity Committee, Baruch College Marxe School, 2019-Present


Ph.D., Political Science Program, C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center, 2015
Areas of Specialization: Public Policy, Public Administration, and American Politics

M.P.A., Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, 1998

J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1995

Governmental Experience

Asylum Officer, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 2017-2019

Commissioner, N.Y.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, 2002-2010
(A member of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s cabinet; led a department with an overall budget of more than $100 million, up to 1,000 staff (including contracted employees), and over 15 detention facilities and group homes. The agency's mission was to care for approximately 5,000 juveniles, annually, who were arrested by the police or ordered to be confined by the courts.)

Consulting Work

Consultant, BlueLaw International L.L.P., 2012
(As part of the Morocco Juvenile Corrections Project, a joint initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs as well as the Agency for International Development, provided subject-matter expertise. This human rights project aimed to improve the Moroccan government’s administration of its juvenile detention centers in order to provide better care for minors.)

Grants & Fellowships

Dean's Research Award, Baruch College Marxe School of Public & International Affairs ($5,000), 2020-2021

Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York Research Award ($3,500), 2020-2021

Dean's Research Award, Baruch College Marxe School of Public & International Affairs ($5,000), 2019-2020

Advanced Research Collaborative Knickerbocker Award for Archival Research in American Studies ($4,000), 2013

Presentations & Papers

Presentation, “How to Interact with the U.S. Asylum System? Research, Practice & Advocacy,” Presented at a Meeting of the African Cultural Alliance of North America, Webinar, 2020

Presentation, “The Basics of the Asylum Interview,” Presented at a Meeting of RIF Asylum Support, Webinar, 2020

Presentation, "Immigration Expansion and Restriction: The Reorganization of the U.S. Immigration System, 1906-1913," Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Public Administration, Washington, D.C., 2019

Lecture, "Centralizing Citizenship: The U.S. Government Takes Control of the Naturalization Process in the Early 20th Century,” USCIS Newark Asylum Office, Lyndhurst, N.J., 2018


Special Act Award, USCIS Newark Asylum Office, 2018

Bright Idea Peer Award, USCIS Refugee, Asylum, & International Operations Directorate, 2018

Proclamation for Promoting Andean Culture & Migrant Affairs, Sisa Pakari Center for Culture & Labor, 2017

Citation of Merit, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., 2016


Member, American Society for Public Administration, Professional Staff Congress-C.U.N.Y., Society for History in the Federal Government, United Nations Association-USA, and the Centro Civico Ecuatoriano New York.


Language: Fluent in Spanish

Computer: Proficient on ATLAS.ti.

Bar Admission

N.Y.S. Supreme Court's Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department, 1996