About OpenCUNY

Founded in 2008 by GC student Greg Donovan, OpenCUNY is a DSC-sponsored, student-run, open-source WordPress platform that is free and open to all students at the Graduate Center, CUNY. It is ideal for professional portfolios (using your own domain, if you have one), academic blogs, community organizations, research projects, and more.

What Makes OpenCUNY Unique

What You can do with OpenCUNY

To date, GC students have used OpenCUNY to develop websites for DGSC chartered organizations, program student associations, courses, conferences, research, health initiatives, student and community organizing, personal and professional websites, and an array of DGSC initiatives.

If you have an idea for a project or site and are not sure if OpenCUNY is the best tool, ask us! Email us at and one of our coordinators will be in touch to discuss your idea and ways to make it work.

Visit OpenCUNY Activity to keep up on all the public activity happening at

Current OpenCUNY Coordinators

Zach Muhlbauer | English | Coordinator for Education and Support

Room: 5397 | Phone 7887 or 646-926-1796 | Email:


Zach Muhlbauer is a third-year doctoral student in English Language and Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where he explores the intersection of critical university studies, educational technology, and new literacy. His research foregrounds the emergent role of digital literacy in composition pedagogy and writing program administration, meanwhile advocating for data sovereignty and open infrastructure within public higher education. In addition to teaching first-year writing sections at Baruch College, Zach serves as a HASTAC Scholar (’22-24) as well as a Workshop Kit Designer & Facilitator at Queens College. A recent alum of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, he is also a recent member of the Editorial Collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

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Paul L. Hebert | English | Coordinator for Planning and Development381405_10100345990449318_2137012347_n

Room: 5397 | Phone: 7887 or 646-926-1796 | Email:

Paul is a doctoral candidate in the English Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He teaches at Queens College. His courses have included English Composition, Great Works of American Literature , Literary History, and Literary Theory. Paul’s dissertation is about early nineteenth century popular maritime literature focusing on the ship as a critical paraspace. His research interests include Critical Race Studies, Transnational Literature, and Queer Theory. Paul is also a Social Media Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY. In 2014-2015 he served as co-chair of the English Student Association (ESA) and co-chair of the 2012-2013 ESA Conference. In his teaching, Paul emphasizes democratic pedagogy and open access.


Former OpenCUNY Coordinators

Kristen Hackett | Environmental Psychology | Coordinator for Planning and Development

Room: 5397 | Phone: 7887 or 646-926-1796 | Email:


Kristen Hackett is pursuing a PhD in the Environmental Psychology Program at the Graduate Center of the City of New York. Her research interests are in housing and community development in NYC, political and social responses to increasing insecurity and precarity and how art and technology can be used in consciousness-raising and resistance efforts and to advocate for community/human-centered policy development.

These interests have guided her past and present research endeavors – including her recent project entitled ‘Walking in My Shoes‘ – as well as her professional pursuits. In this vein, she currently works as a Digital Fellow at the CUNY Gradaute Center, as a Digital Pedagogy Fellow with City Tech’s OpenLab, and as an Adjunct faculty member in the Urban Studies Department at Queens College.  Kristen is also the Chair of the Graduate Student Committee of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) (2016/2017).


Laurie Hurson | Environmental Psychology | Coordinator for Planning and Development (2013-2019)pic down

Laurie is a doctoral candidate in the Environmental Psychology program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research and work falls at the intersection of digital/physical space, pedagogy, and critical university studies. She is interested in the role that technology plays within the university and how technology shapes student learning processes.

She is also an Instructional Technology Fellow at the Macaulay Honors College and a Hybrid Coordinator in Baruch College’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Collaborating with Professor Shelly Eversley, she developed the Equality Archive, an open access resource about the history of sex and gender equality in the United States. She has taught psychology and digital media classes throughout CUNY.


Christina Nadler | Sociology | Coordinator for Organizing and Actionphoto 2

Christina received her PhD in sociology in 2017. Prior to her graduation, she served as Coordinator for Organizing and Action. As the first person to hold this position, created in 2013, she crafted the role and found her place in the community, helping to support many student and student organization’s projects.


Maggie Galvan | English | Coordinator for Education and Support (2010-2016)
Maggie GalvanTwitter: @magdor

During her six-year tenure as Coordinator for Education and Support, Maggie Galvan created and developed systems to provide online and in-person support for participants on OpenCUNY. One of her more visible contributions, the creation of, provided participants with a repository of how-to guides and forms designed to handle FAQ on the platform. She also ran a series of events, from hands-on workshops to collaborations with the Graduate Center’s librarians and Office of Career Planning and Professional Development as well as NYC-based techno activists. From these larger scale projects to the welcome messages she penned each semester, Maggie strove to build OpenCUNY as a socially active platform of engaged participants aware of the changing landscape of the digital world around them. During her time with OpenCUNY, the number of participants more than quadrupled and the number of websites quintupled. For more information on her current digital work and research on 1980s women’s visual culture, visit her personal website.

Gregory Donovan | Environmental Psychology | OpenCUNY Founder | Coordinator for Planning and Development (2008-2013)
Twitter: @gdonovan

Gregory Donovan received his Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology and a certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is currently a Senior Instructional Technology Fellow at the Macaulay Honors College, a researcher at the Public Science Project, and a member of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy’s editorial collective. He has held fellowships at The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics and The Stanton/Heiskell Center for Telecommunication Policy, and has conducted research at The CUNY New Media Lab, The Center for Human Environments, and Sesame Workshop. His research focuses on 
young people’s everyday development within proprietary information ecologies and operates at the intersection of Urban Studies, Youth Studies, and Media Studies.

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