Student Work

Documentary: Guanajoto Norte

A man from Guanajato, Mexico working on a farm in Connecticut contends with being away from his family and home for years in order to support their dreams and build a new life for them. A film by M.S. Documentary '18 students Ingrid Holmquist and Sana A. Malik.

Guanajato Norte
Documentary: She's Not a Boy

She's Not a Boy, a documentary from M.S. Documentary '18 students Yuhong Pang and Robert Tokanel, follows Tatenda Ngwaru, an asylum-seeking intersex woman from Zimbabwe as she tries to make a home in New York City.

Documentary: 22 Months by Stephanie Tangkilisan

An MBA student's life is derailed when he gets indicted in New York's largest gang takedown. A project by M.S. Documentary '18 student Stephanie Tangkilisan and winner of the Vital Projects Criminal Justice Grant.

22 Months
Prison Hepatitis-C Story

Sriphaphob Thanthong-Knight, '18 M.S. Stabile, sent FOIA requests to 50 states to find out whether state prisons were providing medication to thousands of inmates with Hepatitis C. He found that nationwide, roughly 97 percent of inmates with hepatitis C are not getting the cure, risking not only their health but also of others, as the disease is highly infectious.

NYT Hit & Run Story

Maya Kaufman, '18 Stabile M.S., examined the failures of a special unit of the New York Police Department to investigate car crashes. Her story led the Sunday Metro section of The New York Times.

Social Media Monitoring

Aaron Leibowitz, '18 Stabile M.S., examined how schools are using social media monitoring firms to monitor students in the hope of preventing mass shootings and suicides. His findings were published on the Times front page.

Bianca Fortis, '19 Stabile M.S.

Bianca Fortis, '19 Stabile M.S., writes for Citylimits.org about the state's requirement that the city pump oxygen into the Newtown Creek, a superfund site in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to help maintain aquatic life. Critics think the aeration systems installed in the creek may be concerning for public health, because the action pumps bacteria into the air

Gabby Shacknai, '19 PT M.S., explores Manhattan's artisinal ice cream scene AMNY. Shacknai writes "But is the allure the non-traditional flavors, the higher quality ingredients or simply the Instagram opportunity?"

Olivia Carville worked as an investigative reporter for the biggest newspapers in Canada and New Zealand before enrolling in the M.A. program in Business and Economics. Her thesis reporting led to this story about an activist investor taking on the gun industry, which ran in The New York Times. Olivia is now a reporter at Bloomberg News.

For his Master’s Project, '16 M.A., student Hassan Ghedi Santur traveled to Calais, France, over Winter Break to report on migrants in the notorious “Calais Camp.” Warscapes published his "Calais Jungle": Lives in Limbo based on that reporting, and a longer project that began with the Calais story became the e-book Maps of Exile.

Since the Covering Religion class began in 2001, classes have gone to Russia, India, Jordan and Palestine, Italy, Israel, and Ireland and Northern Ireland. The trips build on reporting students have done in New York. Multimedia work done by the class of 2017 appears at Sangam: Reporting on the religions of India. The Covering Religion class of 2018 traveled to Israel, and its reporting can be found at Godland.

For Prof. Howard French’s China Seminar, Kelsey Ables, '18 M.S., wrote about the rising tech costs for Chinese who want to jump the Great Firewall that their government uses to restrict Internet access. The Diplomat published her story.