Dani Lucchese

Adjunct Faculty, Disability Studies

Dani Lucchese

Dani Lucchese is an adjunct faculty member in the Disability Studies department at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Professor Lucchese began their career as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) at Lifestyles for the Disabled in Staten Island New York. While at Lifestyles, Prof. Lucchese taught a variety of social skills and mentoring skills to intellectually disabled adults. They began teaching at CUNY SPS in the Spring 2019.

In addition to teaching in both the BA and MA in Disability Studies programs at CUNY SPS, they currently teach Disability Studies courses at Lehman College. Previously, Prof. Lucchese has taught in the Sociology Department at the CUNY College of Staten Island and the BA in Disability Studies program at William Patterson University. Prof. Lucchese graduated from Wagner College with their BA in Sociology with a double minor in Journalism and English literature in 2014. They earned their MA in Disability Studies from CUNY SPS in 2016. Prof. Lucchese graduated with their MA in Sociology with a minor in Design Studies from the New School for Social Research in May, 2020. They will begin their PhD in Higher Education at the University of Arizona in August, 2022.

Recent News

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New Alumni-Student Initiative Launched with Mentoring Event

March 30, 2022

Panelists discussed the importance of building community during a kick-off event for the Circle of Success alumni program.

In-Person Arts Events Are Back and Pandemic Accessibility Is Quietly Disappearing

July 28, 2021


Dani Lucchese, a former student and adjunct faculty member in the CUNY SPS disability studies program who also serves as the School's alumni relations assistant, is cited in an article published by the Observer. In the piece, the author reflects how the return to live arts events is limiting accessibility for people with disabilities and/or chronic illness.