In March New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman named Kathleen McGee, AM’96, chief of the state’s Internet Bureau. Before joining the attorney general’s office, McGee was director and lead counsel for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement, supervising the city’s legal team and developing policy initiatives on criminal and civil issues, including intellectual property enforcement. McGee also served the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney in the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Bureau.
In March Richard Weston, AM’71 (History), retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after 15 years in the Washington office and a total of 35 years in the legislative and executive branches. Weston worked for the Secretary’s Panel for the Evaluation of Epidemiologic Research Activities at the Department of Energy. Last year, after the chemical release into Charleston, West Virginia’s Elk River, Weston provided briefings for the state’s congressional delegation about the CDC’s investigation of potential public health effects from exposure to the contaminated water supply. Virginia representative James Moran recognized Weston’s work on the floor of Congress in February. Weston and his wife, Martha Pascale Weston, MST’76, live in Arlington, Virginia.
Rolando Herts, AM’97, has become director of Delta State University’s Delta Center for Culture and Learning. Herts, who served as Rutgers University-Newark’s associate director of the Office of University-Community Partnerships, earned a PhD in planning and public policy from Rutgers University Graduate School-New Brunswick for his dissertation on land-grant universities’ increasing role in local tourism planning and development. Most recently he was associate director of Rutgers-Newark’s Office of University-Community Partnerships. The Delta Center serves as the management entity for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.
University of Houston visiting associate professor José Angel Hernández, PhD’08 (History), was named a Fulbright Scholar in May. Hernández will use the grant to continue his research on Mexico’s immigration and colonization policies, collecting data in Mexico City, Baja California, and Sonora. As a PhD candidate, Hernández also won a Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship. Hernández is author of Mexican American Colonization during the Nineteenth Century: A History of the US Mexico Borderlands(Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Harry Perlstadt, AM’66, PhD’73 (Sociology), received the American Sociological Association’s 2014 Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology. A professor emeritus at Michigan State University, Perlstadt has evaluated health programs and initiatives funded by agencies including the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Health Resources Services Administration, and World Health Organization/Europe.
Antonio Sotomayor, PhD’12 (History), became an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library and librarian for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He also has an appointment in the Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism. At UChicago, his dissertation on the history of sport in Puerto Rico was funded by a Social Sciences Division/Mellon Foundation fellowship. Among other projects, he is working on a book on Puerto Rican colonialism, national identity, and international politics.