Simone Kolysh, MPH, M.Phil, PhD Candidate

1747 West 10th street, Brooklyn, NY 11223| 917-753-9526 |



PhD Program in Sociology, City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, Fall 2011- Present;

Certificate: Women’s Studies; Concentration: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Studies. GPA: 3.9


Master of Public Health, New York University Steinhardt, 2006-2008; Concentrations: Community Public Health, International Community Health. GPA: 3.9


BA – Biology, New York University College of Arts and Science, 2002-2006; Minors: Anthropology, Russian Studies. GPA: 3.5


RESEARCH INTERESTS: Sex & Gender, Sexualities, Race & Ethnicity, Feminist Geography.


PUBLICATIONS (Under previous name: A. Kolychkina)

2013. Book review of Khiara M. Bridges, Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization in Social Problems Forum: SSSP Newsletter 44(3):12.

2012. Unsigned review of Jenny Sunden and Malin Sveningsson, Gender and Sexuality in Online Games: Passionate Play. Contemporary Sociology 42(1):137-8.


Hannan, R., J. Koenkhe, S. Bradu, A. Kolychkina, J. Khutoretskaya, A. Jones, P.C. Nemes, M.R. Pincus, and J. Michl. 2002. “PaCa-Ag1: Isolation and cloning of a marker for pancreatic cancer.” Molecular Biology of the Cell 13: S137a.


Hannan, R., S.M. Bradu, J.R. Jagdeo, B.Sang, A.Kolychkina, J. Saukin, J.S. Jagdeo, P.C. Nemes, J.Koenkhe, B. Sharf, M.R. Pincus and J. Michl. 2002. “Pancreatic cancer associated antigen: Novel diagnostic and therapeutic gateway.” Proceedings American Association Cancer Research 43: 84.

Michl J., M.R. Pincus, C. Hyuhn, M. Kanovsky, L-y. Bao, S. Bradu, B. Sang, J. Jagdeo, J. Saukin, R. Hannan, A. Kolychkina, and B. Sharf. 2002. “The mdm-2 peptide PNC-28 of the binding domain of p53 is a potent inhibitor of carcinoma cells in vivo as shown in a novel pancreatic carcinoma model.” European Journal of Cancer 38: S155.           




Adjunct Instructor:


Introduction to Sociology, Fashion Institute of Technology, Fall 2013, Spring 2014.

Cross-Cultural Studies, Fashion Institute of Technology, Fall 2014.

Aging in America, Brooklyn College, Summer 2013, Summer 2014.

Introduction to Women’s Studies, Brooklyn College, Spring 2013, Fall 2014.

Women’s Sexualities, Brooklyn College, Spring 2013, Spring 2014.

LGBTQ Concepts, Brooklyn College, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014.

Human Sexuality, Queens College, Spring 2012.

Introduction to Sociology, BMCC, 2011 – 2013.

Teaching Assistant:

Statistics I and II, CUNY Graduate Center (Sociology), 2012 – 2013.    

Scholarships and Awards


Doctoral Student Research Grant, CUNY Graduate Center, $1000.


Federal Work Study Award, CUNY Graduate Center, 2013-14: $4,000.

7.5 hours/week – work/research/logistical help under: Patricia Clough.


Conference Presentation Support Fund, CUNY Graduate Center, 2013-14: $300.

Quantitative Reasoning Fellowship, City College, 2013-2014: $20,801 + Tuition Remission: $3590.

15 hours/week – focus group/survey instrument construction/data analysis under: Bob Melara.


Dean K. Harrison Award, 2013-14: $4500.


University Fellowship Award, CUNY Graduate Center, Summer 2013: $1200.

30 hours total – part-time assistant under: Anne Ellis (Provost Office).


Federal Work Study Award, CUNY Graduate Center, Summer 2013: $3000.

15 hours/week –Psychology Department under: Maria Helena Reis (APO).

Ernesto Malave Merit Scholarship, CUNY University Student Senate, Spring 2012: $1000.


ADJ-CET Professional Development Fund, Professional Staff Congress, Fall 2012: $410.

Graduate Assistantship B Award, CUNY Graduate Center, Fall 2012: $5420 + Tuition Remission: $3750.

7.5 hours/week – teaching assistant for Statistics I under: Elena Vesselinov.


University Fellowship, Spring 2012: $3750 + Tuition Remission: $3750.

7.5 hours/week – teaching assistant for Statistics II under: Jeremy Porter.


Dean K. Harrison Award, 2012-13: $6500.


Federal Work Study Award, CUNY Graduate Center, 2012-13: $4,000.

7.5 hours/week – work/research/logistical help under: Patricia Clough.


Federal Work Study Award, CUNY Graduate Center, Summer 2012: $4,032.

20 hours/week – Financial Aid Office under: Anne V. Johnson.


Graduate Assistantship B Award, CUNY Graduate Center, 2011-12: $10,841 + Tuition Remission: $7340.   

7.5 hours/week – work/research/logistical help under: Patricia Clough.



2014                  “Analysis of Old and New Homonormativities Rooted in Rubin's "Thinking Sex,"    “Cat-Calling as Heterosexual Norm: An Ethnographic Study of Men that Cat-Call,” “Foglet Feminism: Keeping Intersectionality in Tension with Assemblage and  Learning from Utility Fog. Refereed Roundables. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

2014                “From the Cat-Call to the Slur: How Gender and Sexuality are Shaped by the Streets.”   Queering the Quotidian: Differential and Contested Spaces Within Neoliberalism Symposium. The Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

2013                “An Intersectional Critique of Dabhoiwala’s Origins of Sex and the Slutwalk Phenomenon” and “On Foglets, Storms and Feminisms: Learning from Utility Fog, Occupy Wall Street and the OccupySandy Response.” Annual Women & Society Conference. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY.

2013                “No Disrespect: Talking to Cat-Callers on the Streets of New York.” Paper presented at Critical Dialogue: Contesting Gender Presentation session. Society for the Study of Social Problems 2013 Annual Meeting. New York, NY.

2013                  Speaker. “An Introduction to Intersectionality and Queer Terminology.”  LGBTQ Studies Workshop Series. Brooklyn College. Brooklyn, NY.

2013                  Co-Facilitator, “Feminism and Parenting: A Workshop for Parents, Caregivers and Allies.” A Scholar & a Feminist Conference.  Barnard Center for Research on Women. New York, NY.

2013                “That Which Makes Gender: How Race, Class and Sexuality Shape Lives of Black Transgender/Gender-Variant People in the U.S.” Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. New York, NY.

2013    Co-Facilitator, “"Self": Time Management and Preparing to teach Challenging Issues (like LGBT, Race, etc.) as an Activist (or Not).” 2nd Annual Purposeful Pedagogy Workshop. The CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY.

2012                “And Still I Rise: How Race Makes Gender in the Lives of Black Transgender/Gender-Variant people.” Post-Racial America?: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Bucknell University, PA. (Accepted, unable to present)

2012                “Theorizing Gender Presents and Futures” and “Gendered While Black: An Historical Analysis of Black Gender ‘Deviance.’” Annual Women & Society Conference. Marist College. Poughkeepsie, NY.

2012                  Closed Seminar Participant. “Interdisciplinary Beyond Discipline” and “Techknowledgies – a Seminar Inquiry into the Politics and Practice of Pedagogy in an Era of Enhanced Techno-Fetishism in Higher Education.” Cultural Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

2011                  Co-Facilitator, Hey, where’s My (Queer!) Robot Girlfriend?!: Queering Sexual Technology with Laura G. Duncan” – a Queer Commons event, The CUNY Graduate Center.

2011                  Speaker, “Check Your Parts: Cancer Risks and Prevention for Folks of All Genders” – a Healthier Me workshop, Project Connect, APICHA.

2010                  Facilitator, “Discussing Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences by Rebecca Jordan-Young.” A Queer Commons discussion, Book Thug Nation.

2010                  Panelist, “Trans Out Loud: Conversations on Trans Identities.” Judson Church, NY.                                                                                                                                     


Professional EXPERIENCE


Patient Navigator, American Cancer Society; Brooklyn, NY, Aug. 2009 – Dec. 2011; Maintained a caseload of 50 cancer patients per week, made aware of information and resources; processed applications for financial help resulting in over $750,000 obtained aid.


SPARK Program Coordinator, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Apr. 2009 – Jun. 2009; Conducted city-wide site visits, oversaw site recruitment and organized workshops for staff on physical activity, followed through with technical assistance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Data Collector, New York University Center for Health and Public Service Research, Jan. 2008 – May 2008;                                                                                                                            

Conducted surveys on food and drink consumption by 2nd and 6th graders in NYC public schools, obtained height/weight measurements; photographed school meals and completed assessments.


Data Collector, New York University Child and Family Policy Center, Oct. 2006 – Dec. 2007;                                                                                                                          Performed assessments of childhood literacy in students attending NYC Head Start schools.


Researcher, New York University Department of Biology, Jun. 2004 – May 2006;                                                                                                                                     

Completed an intensive (70 hours/week) Howard Hughes Honors Institute Fellowship in evolutionary biology which led to new data regarding worm species related to c.elegans through neural antibody staining, Nomarsky DIC/fluorescence microscopy, and OpenLab 3D Reconstruction Imaging.    


Researcher, State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine, Sep. 2000 – Aug. 2002;                                                                                                                                   

Worked on identifying and characterizing pancreatic cancer specific antigens and associated cytoskeletal structures; performed cell culturing with human and rodent pancreatic cancer cells.




Program Intern, Triangle Project, Cape Town, South Africa, Jul. 2008 – Aug. 2008;

Shadowed the director and the community outreach coordinator in daily activities, conducted literature search to create educational materials focused on female-to-female HIV transmission and safe sex practices.


Policy Intern, Care for the Homeless, New York, NY, May 2008 – Jul. 2008;

Worked with director of policy, received an overview of coalition work, collaborative partnerships and policy decision-makers; conducted research on housing reform and the Housing First initiative.


Research Intern, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Jan. 2008 – May 2008;

Conducted interviews in English and Russian on screening behavior, access to care, and health information seeking behavior in twenty neighborhoods of Queens; analyzed epidemiological survey data and created reports displaying local health data.




Steering Committee Member, Queer Commons, Mar. 2011 – Jul. 2011;                                                                                              

Planned and ran free educational events for LGBT people of NYC by conducting discussion groups, hosting book swaps and co-sponsoring a variety of events with other organizations.


Steering Committee Member, Counterpublic Collective, Jun. 2010 – Mar. 2011;    

Attended ‘Queer theory and Queer theory of Color’ Workgroup; helped form the collective.


Transgender Programming Workgroup Member, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Jan. 2010 – Sep. 2010; Attended BCPC's Transgender Programming Workgroup monthly and planned relevant programming for members of the transgender and gender non-conforming communities in NYC.


Volunteer, Saint Vincent Medical Center, Aug. 2004 – Jan. 2006

Contributed over 400 hours as part of the pre-health service and learning rotation program.


OUTSPOKEN Peer Educator, New York University LGBTQ Office, Aug. 2002 – Jun. 2008;

Planned and facilitated training, outreach and advocacy on sexual orientation and gender topics to more than a 1000 staff and students. Co-ran Pride Month; directed Diva Ball and coordinated 40 peer educators.




American Sociological Association, Fall 2011 – present.

Student Sociological Association, Fall 2011 – present.

Sociologists for Women in Society, Spring 2014 – present.

Association for Humanist Sociology, Spring 2012 – present.

National Women’s Studies Association, Spring 2014 – present.

Cultural Studies Association, Spring 2012 – Spring 2013.

Society for the Study of Social Problems, Spring 2013 – Spring 2014.



2012-16           Graduate Council Representative – Sociology Department

2013                 Presider. “Gender, Education, and Knowledge.” Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, New York, NY.



Software/Databases – SPSS 20.0 – Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, STATA (limited), HLM 7 (limited),  JSTOR, MS Office Suite, Outlook, Access.


Analytic methods – descriptive analysis, linear regression, logistic regression, factor analysis, HLM and qualitative analysis.


Languages - proficient in conversational and written Russian.