Welcome, 2020-2021 Futures Initiative Fellows!

We are delighted to introduce you to our incoming Futures Initiative Fellows for 2020-2021: Coline Chevrin, Jessie Fredlund, and Shaun Lin. Welcome!

Coline Chevrin, Cross-Program Liaison and Digital Strategist

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Coline Chevrin is a PhD Student in Geography at the Earth and Environmental program of the Graduate Center. She earned a Master’s Degree in Territorial Policies for Sustainable Development in France and was adjunct and researcher in Argentina at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Her work focuses on the impact of extractive economy on the urban planning of intermediary cities in Latin America and the displacement and resistances they generate. She is specifically interested in the articulation between different scales within urban environments, analyzing the tension between development models implemented to insert the cities within current globalization patterns and local collective strategies of social reproduction. She specifically studies local mobilizations and development alternatives from a decolonial perspective.

Coline has taught courses at The National University of Rosario in Argentina and at Sciences Po Paris, and she is now an adjunct at the Geography Department at Hunter College. She was also part of the team in charge of creating the most recent National University in Rafaela, Argentina, and was involved in the preparation of the strategic plan of the institution. She was adjunct professor for the courses “University, society and knowledge” and “Contemporary issues” for the first cohort of students of the University. She is particularly interested in Latin American pedagogy, liberation theory and situated knowledge and is committed to Public University systems and higher education as a right.

Jessie Fredlund, Web Developer and Researcher

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Jessie Fredlund is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is currently writing her dissertation on the political history of rain in a key water catchment area in Tanzania. She is a Dissertation Writing Fellow with the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center and a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in Women’s Studies. Since 2014, she has taught courses on anthropology, religion and social justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and New York University School for Professional Studies. She also serves on the editorial collective for Barricade: A Journal of Antifascism and Translation.

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Shaun Lin, Community Engagement Specialist and Designer

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Shaun is pursuing a PhD in geography at the CUNY Graduate Center, where his research interests include immigrant communities, food and foodways, and abolition geography. He is an adjunct lecturer in Urban Studies at Queens College. Originally from Los Angeles, Shaun is a longtime resident of Sunset Park, Brooklyn where he organizes with Sunset Park for a Liberated Future, Sunset Park Popular Assembly, and No New Jails NYC against gentrification, displacement, policing and prisons.

These three terrific doctoral students join our continuing Fellows:

  • Kashema Hutchinson, Co-Director, CUNY Peer Leadership Fellows
  • Gustavo Jiménez, Communications Director
  • Christina Katopodis, Teaching and Learning Specialist
  • Adashima Oyo, HASTAC Scholars Director
  • Cihan Tekay, Assistant Director

Please join us in welcoming them to our team.

Featured photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash.


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