The Peer Effect: How Your Peers Shape Who You Are and Who You Will Become with Syed Ali ’85 and Margaret Chin ’80

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Stuyvesant Alumni from all class years are invited to join authors Syed Ali ’85 and Margaret Chin ’80 for a virtual book talk of their latest book, The Peer Effect: How Your Peers Shape Who You Are and Who You Will Become, on May 1, 2024. The discussion will be moderated by Annie Thoms ’93, an esteemed faculty member of the English Department at Stuyvesant.

A Q&A will follow the discussion.

We are glad to extend this book talk opportunity to Stuyvesant alumni, students, and friends. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 1 at 7PM (ET) via Zoom. (Zoom Link to be provided upon RSVP.)

Please note, this event requires a ticket. Your registration confirmation will serve as your ticket.







  • SHSAA Members: $5
  • General Alumni and Guests: $10*
  • Event Ticket + SHSAA Membership: $25
  • Stuyvesant Students & Faculty/Staff: FREE

Your registration confirmation email will serve as your ticket(s).

Current Stuyvesant students and faculty/staff can join this event for free. Please select the appropriate ticket above (under “General Alumni and Guests”) or email us at [email protected] for details on how to attend.

*If you are experiencing financial hardship but still want to attend, please email [email protected] and we will make accommodations.



Syed Ali ’85

Syed Ali ’85 is a ceramicist and sociologist in Brooklyn. He is the author of Dubai: Gilded Cage, and the co-author of Migration, Incorporation, and Change in an Interconnected World. He was also co-editor of the sociology magazine, Contexts.

Margaret Chin ’80

Margaret M. Chin ’80 is Professor of Sociology at CUNY Hunter College and the Graduate Center, and is author of two other award winning books, Stuck: Why Asian Americans Don’t Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder and Sewing Women: Immigrants and the New York City Garment Industry. Margaret was a witness supporting holistic admissions and affirmative action in the Harvard admissions case represented by NAACP LDF. She serves on the Board of the Tenement Museum and of the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard.



Annie Thoms ’93

Annie Thoms ’93 graduated from Stuyvesant High School and has taught English there since 2000, with a few breaks to care for her three children and to work as a Teacher Consultant with the NYC Writing Project. At Stuyvesant, her courses have included Freshman Composition, American Short Stories, Writers’ Workshop, Women’s Voices, Writing in the World, and her current selective, Writing to Make Change. She is the editor of the play with their eyes: September 11th–the view from a high school at ground zero.


If you have any questions about this event, please reach out to [email protected].