Dr. Alexia Ferracuti develops and facilitates programming and services that promote reflection, inquiry, and inclusive pedagogy. She is especially interested in the integration of contemplative practices in higher education, intercultural pedagogies, and embodied forms of learning. Alexia joins Northeastern from Columbia University, where she served as Assistant Director at the Center for Teaching and Learning. Previously, she was Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Yale University, where she focused on the mentorship and professional development of doctoral students and oversaw the Graduate Teaching Fellows Program.
Alexia earned her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University in Italian and Renaissance Studies with a research focus on the multivalence of sexual ambiguity and imitation in early modern comedy, art, and performance. She has taught courses at Yale University and Wesleyan University in Italian Language and Literature, Theatre Studies, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Dr. Horwitz joined CATLR as a Research and Data Analyst in December 2018. Prior to joining CATLR’s Research and Assessment team, Dr. Horwitz earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in Psychology and completed Postdoctoral Training at the Yale School of Management.
Her previous research examined people’s implicit, subconscious attitudes and how these subconscious attitudes shape behavior. Drawing from different areas within psychology, she has studied how social group attitudes develop during childhood, how social group attitudes affect interpersonal interactions, and how implicit attitudes shape consumer behaviors.
She has published her research in journals such as Developmental Science, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, Socius and PLoS ONE.
Ms. Parella is the Digital Communications Specialist at CATLR and began working with the Center in November, 2018. Ms. Parella began her career as the Communications Specialist at the Five College Consortium in Amherst, MA. She helped teach accurate Indigenous history during a National Endowment for the Arts summer intensive, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During her time there, she also interviewed indigenous peoples and historians to compile a resource database for K-12 teachers.
Vincenza worked most recently as the Marketing and Communications Specialist for an edtech start-up which works to connect with high school students, school counselors, and college admissions officers.She earned her B.S. in Journalism, with a minor in Indigenous Studies, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Matt San Miguel is a second year combined Communication/Media and Screen Studies Major with a minor in business administration here at Northeastern University. Matt’s background is in digital media and education. He worked for two summers at a production company called Spot Creative located in New York City. While there, Matt spent his time helping with the creation of a variety of videos and special media projects, as well as developing several social media accounts to increase company awareness. To increase the likelihood that teenage survivors of pediatric cancer attend college, Matt was instrumental in the creation of a program that taught campers about a myriad of STEM topics, analytic research, and college preparatory tips while working for Happiness is Camping, a nonprofit camp located in New Jersey for children with cancer and their siblings.
Matt is joining the CATLR team as a full time co-op starting in January of 2019, with the role of Media Campaign Producer. He will be working on communications and social media development for CATLR as they launch the newest education platform at Northeastern, SAIL.