Aviva Taubenfeld is Associate Professor of Literature and Director of Writing at Purchase College. Aviva received her PhD in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in 2003 and has been on the faculty of Purchase ever since. This year she will serve as Chair of the School of Humanities. A scholar of US literature specializing in the literature and politics of immigration, Aviva’s favorite courses to teach are Childhood in US Literature and Immigration and Ethnicity in US Literature, both of which she had taught at Purchase and in the Bedford Hills College Program for incarcerated women. Aviva is a first generation college graduate who has experienced both the challenges and joys of academic life; she loves helping students find their own path to success.