Past Features

April 20, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 7)

Professor Rosen Named Faculty Fellow at CUNY Center

Marjorie Rosen
Professor Marjorie Rosen
Professor Marjorie Rosen (Journalism, Communication, and Theatre) has been selected to serve as a Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center's Center for Place, Culture, and Politics for 2009-2010. Each year, the Center hosts a series of lectures, seminars, and conferences on a new topic. This year's topic is "Radical Urbanism."

For her part, Professor Rosen will discuss the relationship between gangs and immigration in Bentonville, Ark., Walmart's hometown. She is currently working on a book, titled Boomtown: How Walmart Transformed Bentonville from an All-American Town to an International Community (forthcoming). According to Professor Rosen, Bentonville is one of the fastest-growing areas for Hispanic immigration and has the largest population of Marshall Islanders. In addition, the area is host to Muslim and Hindu communities.

Professor Rosen became interested in the topic after reading an article in The New York Times about a community of Jews who moved to the area to work for the mega chain store.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Professor Rosen earned her master's degree from New York University. Her academic interests include news writing, screenwriting, film, women's studies, media studies, and urban studies. She is the author of Popcorn Venus: Women, Movies, and The American Dream, Mia and Woody: Love and Betrayal (with Kristi Groteké),and What Nigel Knew, A Comic Murder Mystery (with Joy Gould Boyum).