Alumni-in-Residence: Fall 2021

Location: United States

Alexandra Juhasz smilingDr. Alexandra Juhasz ’86 is Distinguished Professor of Film at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She is a core faculty member in the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program at the CUNY Graduate Center.

She has a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU (1991) and attended the Whitney Independent Studio program as a videomaker (1988).

Dr. Juhasz has taught at NYU, Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr Colleges, Claremont Graduate University, USC, Pitzer College, and Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY on YouTube, media archives, activist media, documentary, and feminist film and video as well as media production, history and theory.

Dr. Juhasz writes about and makes feminist, queer, fake, and AIDS documentary. Her current work is on online feminist pedagogy, YouTube, and other more radical uses of digital media and their archives. Her work as media artist, curator, and writer engages with linked social justice commitments, including COVID-19, AIDS, black queer and lesbian media, feminist and queer/trans film, and activist archives and collectives. She publishes about her cultural and political commitments in scholarly and more public platforms including Hyperallergic, BOMB, MS, X-tra, and Lamda Literary Review.

William Turner smilingWill Turner ’94 is a practicing hospitalist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he completed his undergraduate studies in Black Studies and Biology at Amherst College and received his medical degree from Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City. After completing his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at NYP/Columbia in 2002 Dr. Turner joined the faculty of Columbia University’s Vagelos School of Physicians and Surgeons where he is an Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Faculty Advisor for the Black and Latino Student Organization (BALSO) and has clinical and research interests in medical education and diversity in medicine.

Scottn MacMillan smilingScott MacMillan ’96 works as Director of Learning and Innovation for BRAC USA, where he manages BRAC USA’s portfolio of research grants along with other special projects.

As a writer and former journalist, his work has taken him to over 50 countries. He covered the transition from communism as a business journalist in central and Eastern Europe in the 1990s, then worked as an editor and freelance writer in the Middle East in the 2000s. His stint as a travel writer took him to Southeast
Asia, China, India, and Africa. He joined BRAC USA in 2011.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Amherst College. His work has been published in Slate, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Tribune. His is the author of a forthcoming biography of BRAC’s founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed.

Newton Juhng smiling

April 27, 2017, Newton Juhng, 299 Park Ave, NYC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images for Capital One)

Newton Juhng ’96 is a portfolio manager and head of healthcare at A-CAP Management based in New York, NY.  He is focused on private credit investments for both private equity-backed leveraged finance transactions and direct lending to healthcare companies.

Mr. Juhng has a decade of experience working in leveraged finance including as a managing director at Capital One Healthcare and as a senior vice president at GE Capital’s Healthcare Financial Services unit. Prior to joining GE Capital in 2011, Mr. Juhng was a sell-side senior equity analyst covering the healthcare services industry for over a decade. He has experience in the following subsectors: healthcare IT, health and wellness, laboratory services, diagnostic imaging, post-acute care services, managed care, pharmacy benefit managers, facilities, and distributors. Mr. Juhng previously worked at FBR Capital Markets and helped create BB&T Capital Markets’ equity research effort in healthcare. He also followed healthcare services companies at Piper Jaffray, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.

A graduate of Amherst College, where he earned a B.A. in psychology, Mr. Juhng also completed graduate-level coursework at Georgetown University in human physiology and biophysics. Additionally, he spent three years as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he conducted basic science and clinical research in epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neuroimmunology disorders.

Ashley Finigan smilingAshley J. Finigan ’08 is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Chicago and an Upper School History and American Studies Teacher at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, Ashley earned her B.A, cum laude in History and Black Studies from Amherst College and received her M.A in African American Studies from Columbia University. She is also an NYU’s Faculty First Look scholar and has given talks on her work and research across many venues including Sony BMG, Cal Poly Pomona and scholarly and professional conferences.

Ashley will be defending her dissertation – “The National Council of Negro Women has been there even when our story has not been told…” The NCNW and the Creation of an International Black Women’s Civil Rights Movement, 1935-1975, this fall and developing the project as a book.

Her research and scholarly interests include curriculum and exhibit design, 19th and 20th century African
American History, Black women’s studies, Black popular music and culture and the cultural productions of
the African diaspora.

Along, with her academic pursuits Ashley has launched a wine brand with her fiancé Randy James, called
the A Line Wine, in homage to the shared first initials with her siblings and the unique histories of Black New
York City.

Sue Swalley smilingSue Swalley ’93 is a Vice President at Dewpoint Therapeutics overseeing high throughput screening, in vitro pharmacology and target deconvolution. Trained as a chemist, her current research focuses on discovering small molecules that modulate the function of biomolecular condensates in order to treat diseases with high unmet medical need. Prior to Dewpoint, she led a chemical biology laboratory at Biogen as Principal Scientist, developing and applying methodologies for target deconvolution of small molecule hits from phenotypic screens. Her earlier roles included positions of Senior Investigator at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research where she identified and validated targets using biophysical approaches, and Research Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals where she contributed to the evaluation and screening of new targets.

Sue graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and music, and she obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology with Dr. Peter Dervan. Her postdoctoral training was at Harvard University in the laboratories of Dr. Don Wiley and Dr. Stephen Harrison.