Kristen Hackett is a scholar, activist and educator living and working in New York City. She is a PhD Candidate in 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. For her dissertation, Kristen is exploring these themes through the lens of Long Island City, NY – the fastest growing neighborhood in the country.d
These interests have also guided her past and present research and professional endeavors. In addition to pursuing a PhD, Kristen is a GC Digital Fellow with GC Digital Initiatives at the Graduate Center, CUNY, a Digital Pedagogy Fellow with City Tech’s OpenLab, the Coordinator of Organization and Action with OpenCUNY and a member of the Executive Committee of theJustice for All Coalition, a community organization fighting for ‘real affordable housing and equal opportunities for good careers’ in Long Island City and Astoria.
In the past, Kristen has taught psychology and urban studies courses at Queens College (CUNY), John Jay College (CUNY) and the New School. She was also Chair of the Graduate Student Committee of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).