Research

Part of our work at the Futures Initiative is conducting meaningful, high-level research and connecting it to the wider world in creative ways. Specifically, we focus on continued research and outreach on matters related to equity, diversity, technology, and public support in higher education. Past and current projects conducted by Futures Initiative leadership and fellows include: Putting the Humanities PhD to Work, a book on career pathways and graduate education reform; Gender Bias in Academe, an annotated bibliography documenting CUNY NYC Language Mapping Project; Sociodemographics Map of NYC; Futures Initiative’s Mobile App Project; and the Futures Initiative’s Network Analysis Project.


Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts & Sciences Student Grant Competition, 2019- The Futures Initiative is pleased to announce the second annual Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts & Sciences Grant Competition. Thanks to a generous

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Empowering Students & Creating Social Change through the Humanities- Result of the Humanities Alliance Postconference Survey ** This essay is also cross-posted on the Humanities Alliance and the HASTAC websites. The

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Announcing the Second Annual Lennihan Arts & Sciences Grant Winners- The Futures Initiative is pleased to announce that the second annual Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts and Sciences Grants will be awarded to

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Photo of colored pencils in sparkling water Putting the Humanities Ph.D. to Work- I’m excited to announce that Putting the Humanities Ph.D. to Work: Theory, Practice, and Models for Thriving Beyond the Classroom is in contract with

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Laptop cartoon Developing the FI Events Mobile App- As part of our mission at the Futures Initiative, we conduct research projects aimed at understanding the complexities of the higher education

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Announcing the First Annual Lennihan Arts & Sciences Grant Winners- Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts and Sciences Grants Awarded to Seven GC Students The Futures Initiative is delighted to announce that the first annual

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Network visualization of Catherine of Siena's letters Network Visualizations Across Domains #critviz2016- Here are my remarks from the Unflattening and Enacting Visualization one-day event at the Graduate Center, CUNY on June 9, 2016, convened by

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Word cloud of the blog post text Diversity in Social Research Methods: Embracing More Representative Understandings of Equity and Social Justice- Our research work at the Futures Initiative in our inaugural and second years has explored questions of access and diversity that are

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Mapping Our Network: DH2015 Poster Presentation- One of the major research and pedagogy focuses of the inaugural 2014-2015 year of the Futures Initiative was mapping and geographic information

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The CUNY Sociodemographic Map of NYC Part II: Race and Ethnicity Revisited- Read Part 1 In the Fall of 2014, as the first research activity of the new Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center,

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Why Do Research? Or, Why “The CUNY Map of NYC” Matters #FuturesEd- Quality and Diversity Much has been written lately about the rise in quality of CUNY over the last two decades. Some have

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CUNY Sociodemographics Map of New York City: Part I – Race and Ethnicity- CUNY schools serve a student population as diverse as NYC itself—and sometimes more so By: Michael Dorsch, Futures Initiative Fellow and Doctoral Student,

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Visualizing the Growth of HASTAC and HASTAC Scholars- HASTAC has increased from a few hundred members in 2002 to a thriving online community that now includes more than 13,000 humanists,

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HASTAC Pedagogy Project HASTAC Scholars’ Pedagogy Project- HASTAC has just published its Pedagogy Project, which started about a year ago when several professors asked for specific suggestions on digital

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Gender Bias in Academe: An Annotated Bibliography of Important Recent Studies- Danica Savonick and Cathy N. Davidson Overview The often unconscious and unintentional biases against women, including in academe, have been well documented

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CUNY NYC Language Mapping Project
Michael Dorsch and students in Global Perspectives on Language and Education

In conjunction with the Fall 2015 Futures Initiative sponsored course Global Perspectives on Language and Education—CUNY Language Diversity and Global Language Learning Policies, Futures Initiative Graduate Fellow Michael Dorsch led a research project to map the languages spoken across New York City and to compare the languages spoken in communities closest to each of CUNY’s campuses with language education opportunities offered at each campus. The CUNY NYC Language Mapping Project is hosted on a new Futures Initiative website and includes results of the analysis, interpretation of the results, and an interactive map built using CartoDB that allows users to toggle through different languages spoken across New York City for close analysis of neighborhoods throughout the city and close to CUNY. The interactive map also allows users to navigate snapshots of the languages taught at CUNY campuses and the languages spoken in the communities around those campuses. The results highlight not only CUNY’s incredible linguistic diversity, but also opportunities for greater support and new scholarship on language policy in higher education.