Center for Data Arts Staff & Leadership | The New School in New York City
  • Staff and Leadership  

    Ben Rubin, Director
    Artist and designer Ben Rubin was named Director of the Center for Data Arts in January, 2016. Rubin’s innovative applications of media and information technology have been seen at museums, public spaces, and performance venues around the world. Rubin’s best-known work includes the media installations Moveable Type (2007), a permanent artwork for the lobby of the New York Times building, and Listening Post (2002); both installations were created in collaboration with Mark Hansen. Rubin’s groundbreaking projection design for Arguendo, a play by Elevator Repair Service, earned him an Obie Award in 2014. In 2013, with Mark Hansen and Jer Thorp, Rubin co-founded the Office for Creative Research, where he led many data visualization design and user interface projects. Rubin’s design clients have included Microsoft, EES Surgical Instruments, HP, and IBM, as well as architects SOM, Pelli Clarke Pelli, DS+R, and Ennead. Rubin received his BA in Computer Science and Semiotics from Brown University in 1987, and his MS Vis. from the MIT Media Lab in 1989.

    Katie Wanner, Operations Administrator

    Ashawnta Jackson, Editor of the Journal for Data Arts

    Dr. Anne Luther, Research Manager; expert in qualitative data visualization

    Research and Design Team

    Michelle Gorman

    Maggie McNeill

    Noah Pedrini

    Jacob Romer

    Jaime Tanner



  • CDA Associates

    Regina Flores Mir, Interactive Designer, 2016 MFA grad from the Parsons Design and Technology program

    Jacob Romer, Developer, 2016 Data Visualization master's program grad 

    Hang Do Thi Duc, 2016 MFA grad from the Parsons Design and Technology program

    CDA Advisors

    Jad Abumrad is a MacArthur fellow (2011) and host of NPR’s Radio Lab.

    William Bevington is an Information Theorist and Associate Professor of Information Mapping at Parsons School of Art, Media, and Technology. He is also the co-founder of the Parsons Institute for Information Mapping.

    David Carroll is an Associate Professor of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons School of Design.

    Blake Eskin is an author and publisher. He is the former web editor of the New Yorker and the host of The New Yorker Out Loud podcast.

    Dr. Mark Hansen is a statistician, artist, and director of the David & Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia, where he is a professor of journalism.

    Aaron Hill is an Assistant Professor of Data Visualization, Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design.

    David Koosis serves as the Chief Information Officer for the Mental Health Association of NYC. He is the former strategic IT advisor to the NYPD and CIO for the NYC Department of Corrections.

    Dr. Michael Schober is a Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research.

    Lisa Strausfeld is an information designer, data visualization entrepreneur, and principal of the design studio Information Art.

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