Our Team

Deepa Kumar

President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Associate Professor, Journalism and Media Studies

Deepa has been active in movements for social justice over the last two and half decades. Her first book, Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike, is about the power of the U.S. working class in effectively challenging the priorities of neoliberalism. She did strike solidarity work in the lead up to the UPS strike and interviewed various Teamsters for her book. In her second book, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire she turns her attention to race and the politics of empire during the War on Terror era.  She received the AAUP’s Georgina Smith award for her work on gender and race equity and the Dallas Smythe award for her engaged scholarship. She brings her knowledge of the labor movement as well as her activism for gender and racial justice to the Rutgers AAUP-AFT to combine class issues with those of race and gender oppression.


David M. Hughes

Vice President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Professor of Anthropology

David served as President of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT from 2015 to 2017.  Prior to that position, he served on the Executive Council and as the steward for the Anthropology Department (New Brunswick). He also sits on the AAUP National Council, the AFT’s Policy and Planning Committee for higher education, and the New Jersey Higher Education Leadership Council. Over the longer term, David has organized against racism, apartheid, and climate change. As an environmental anthropologist, he has conducted fieldwork in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Trinidad and Tobago, and Spain.

Rebecca Givan

Treasurer, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Associate Professor, Labor Studies and Employment Relations, School of Management and Labor Relations

Rebecca is the treasurer of Rutgers AAUP-AFT. She is a scholar of work and employment, primarily in the healthcare sector in the United Kingdom and United States. As a scholar and labor educator, Rebecca works with nurses unions across the country. As a union member she has been active on issues of racial and gender diversity at Rutgers. She is also passionate about support for Dreamers, both on campus and within the immigration enforcement system.


Patrice Mareschal

Camden Chapter President and Chair Legislative Relations Committee
Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy & Administration, Graduate School, Camden Campus

Patrice grew up in a union household and developed an interest in working conditions and workers’ rights at an early age. During college, she worked nights as a janitor and joined her first union—the SEIU. From there she went on to earn a Masters’ degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and a Ph.D. in Political Science.  

She strives to apply her knowledge and skills in labor relations and public policy to mobilize AAUP-AFT members, advocate for favorable policies in the workplace and in the community, and build coalitions with community groups. In her current role as President of the Camden Chapter, Patrice planned and coordinated our Campus Sanctuary Rally, November 2016. On numerous occasions, she has met with elected officials at both the federal and state levels to advocate for higher education policies and issues. In addition, she delivered testimony at legislative hearings in Trenton on a variety of topics including: S2623 (3+1 bill); Access, Support, and Success-College Affordability; and Tuition Equity Bill (Dreamers/DACA). In conjunction with the Southern New Jersey Central Labor Council, organized the Camden Campus South Jersey Labor Walk (Get Out the Vote campaign) October 2005–10.

Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic


Camden Chapter Vice President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Reference Librarian, Paul Robeson Library
Rutgers University Camden Campus

Vibiana is library faculty with the Rutgers Libraries system. She is currently the Vice President of the AAUP Camden Chapter (2016 – 2018). As a high school student she served as a volunteer activist for the United Farm Workers Union in the mid-1960s. In the late 1970s she was a volunteer for Women Organized Against Rape in Philadelphia, one of the first rape crisis center in America.

In her academic career, her areas of scholarly research and writing have included the fair use of copyright and intellectual integrity. She presented at local and regional conferences regarding the effects on libraries of the PATRIOT Act after its passage in 2001. In 2012, she was an active member in the Save Rutgers Camden movement when the state legislature was considering a merger between Rowan University and Camden Campus. In addition to her union activities, Vibiana is active in local peace and justice initiatives in Philadelphia and Camden.

Robert W. Snyder

Newark Chapter President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Professor of Journalism and American Studies, Dept. of Arts, Culture and Media

Robert Snyder, a historian, works with journalists, museum curators, and documentarians to explore the intersections of the past and present. An associate professor in the Dept. of Arts,Culture and Media, he has written widely on New York City history and media issues. His latest book, under contract to Cornell University Press, explores Washington Heights and  New York City since the 1940s.

His reviews and articles have been published in scholarly journals such as  the Journal of Urban History, Journal of American History, Journalism and Reviews in American History and in general interest publications such as the New York Times, The Nation, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Jesuit  magazine America, the Jewish Forward, and the Star-Ledger of New Jersey.

Carla A. Katz, Esq.

New Brunswick Chapter President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations

Carla A. Katz, Esq. is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, where she teaches labor studies and labor and employment law. Carla is also an attorney with the law firm of Cohen Placitella Roth PC in Red Bank, New Jersey. Her legal practice is primarily focused on labor and employment law representing unions and employees. She works closely with New Jersey’s firefighters and other public employees. Carla has a long history of representation of union members and workers, including her service as an Executive Board member of Rutgers AAUP-AFT and nine years as the elected president of the Communications Workers of America, Local 1034. She is currently the New Brunswick Chapter President of the AAUP-AFT local representing FT faculty here at Rutgers University. She also writes and lectures on politics, power, and on a broad spectrum of issues affecting working women and men.

Our staff

Our Union staff with President Deepa Kumar and VP David Hughes: (left to right) Akin, Jacob, Cathy, Patrick, Anna, Sherry, Damon, Victoria, Wendy, Mala, and Galina

Galina Moser, Mala Kakkad, Cathy Stanford and Patrick Nowlan

Contract Enforcement Team: Damon Fillman, BJ Walker, Victoria Pacheco and Wendy Asreen

Organizers: Anna Barcy, Akin Olla, Sherry Wolf, Joe Richard and Jacob Chaffin