The coordinators are responsible for facilitating communication and decision-making among the OpenCUNY Board, publicly maintaining an updated Terms of Participation, and ensuring that all activities of OpenCUNY are in compliance with the DSC Constitution and Bylaws. The coordinators perform routine maintenance on the OpenCUNY digital medium, administer user accounts and requests, periodically review alternative free and open source software, and ensure the reliability of the medium and adoption of open standards.

Find us in The Graduate Center, CUNY, in Room 5396!


Zach Muhlbauer | English | Coordinator for Organizing and Action

Room: 5396 | Phone 7887 or 646-926-1796 |


Zach is pursuing a PhD in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research lies at the crossroads of critical pedagogy, writing studies, and the digital humanities. Following a student-centered learning model, Zach’s work integrates process writing pedagogy with open educational resources in an effort to support first-year composition instruction. He is also an advocate for open infrastructure in the context of digital publishing mediums — like CUNY’s installation of Manifold — which aim to democratize academic knowledge through open-source interactive tools and technologies. Before joining The Graduate Center in Fall 2019, Zach worked as an instructional support assistant for SUNY Geneseo, helping adopt and iteratively revise a large-scale OER writing course to supplement the college’s first-year writing program.


Paul L. Hebert | English | Coordinator for Education and Support381405_10100345990449318_2137012347_n

Room: 5396 | 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.


Kristen Hackett4 | Environmental Psychology | Coordinator for Planning and Development

Room: 5396 | 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).


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Laurie Hurson | Environmental Psychology | Coordinator for Planning and Developmentpic down
Room: 5396 | Phone: 7887 or 646-926-1796 | Email:

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

Room: 5396 | Phone: 7887 or 646-926-1796 | Email:

Christina is a doctoral candidate in the sociology program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has also completed all work for the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate. She has taught at Hunter College since 2008. Some of the courses she has taught are Classical Sociological Theory, Current Social Theory, and Sociology of Gender. For the 2011-12 school year she served as a Writing Fellow at Bronx Community College. She is currently working as the OpenCUNY Coordinator for Organizing and Action. Her areas of interest include cultural studies, science and technology, psychoanalytic theory, post-structuralism, race, gender, animal studies, queer theory, (new) materialism and ontology. Her dissertation explores how post-humanism and the ontological turn in critical theory present challenges to subjectivity and identity politics.


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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