Research Team

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Members of HERG Research Team pose for picture while enjoying a relaxing dinner in Toronto during the Annual American Psychological Association Conference in August of 2015. (From left to right, Erit Maor, Susan Saegert and Kristen Hackett).

The Housing Environments Research Team is comprised of students that generally get involved with Dr. Saegert and HERG during their first year of graduate school in hopes of getting grounded experience conducting research at the PhD level, with most continuing to be involved in various capacities over the course of the time in their doctoral program.  While the group is largely comprised of students in the Environmental Psychology sub-program at the Graduate Center, HERG has attracted researchers interested in housing, and more specifically, alternative home ownership models, from other departments of the Graduate Center, as well as other universities in the New York Metro area.  Starting Fall 2015, the HERG team is hoping to agitate this broader appeal by hosting open research meetings, during which any and all graduate students can attend and learn more about how they might be able to be more involved with HERG in the future.
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Susan Saegert

Susan Saegert is Professor of Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center where she has worked since receiving her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She was Director of the Center for Human Environments (CHE) and she was also the first director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society …

Kristen Hackett

Kristen Hackett is a PhD student in Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Kristen’s Master’s Thesis aims to elaborate a deeply contextualized understanding of youth political participation that considers their everyday political negotiations in relation to changing socio-material conditions and the broader political economy of today.  A larger endeavor of this research is to …

Erit Maor

Erit Maor is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center in the area of Environmental Psychology.  She earned her BA in Psychology and Social Behavior (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of California, Irvine’s School of Social Ecology.  She went on to pursue a Masters in Urban and …

Deshonay Dozier

Deshonay Dozier’s research is concerned with working and surplus populations alternative relations to policing, property, and land. Dozier’s dissertation research maps a blues geography by investigating alternative development and cultural forms of social critique against dominant and elite development in Downtown and South Los Angeles.  Her work with the Housing Environments Research Group evaluates alternative …

Jakob K. Schneider

Jakob is a doctoral student at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center in the Environmental Psychology. He began his career as a bricklayer before becoming a construction manager for firms working in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. He completed his BA at Northeastern Illinois University in Sociology (summa cum laude) in 2013. …

Mariya Marinova

Mariya’s Master thesis explores the intertwining between environmental destruction and social transformations due to mountaintop removal in Southern West Virginia. She conducted field research and in-depth interviews with residents near mountaintop removal sites about their lived experiences and perceptions of their changing environment. As part of the Housing Environments Research Group, Mariya is co-authoring a …

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