Buchanan, Robert

Buchanan, Robert

Robert Buchanan
BA, Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Assistant Professor Writing

I’m a lifelong magazine feature writer with an interest in travel, adventure and alternative sports. I started at Sports Illustrated in 1981, worked for Rolling Stone, Details, and a bunch of other magazines, and am now a contributing editor at Outside and a regular contributor at Men’s Journal. I write a lot about sailing, climbing and mountaineering, environmental politics, and the effects of tourism and development.

At Lang, I teach a number of different journalism and writing seminars as well as a lecture course on the history, geography and politics of the Hudson River. I'm also a member of the Tishman Environmental Design Center, and help to develop events and initiatives for the new Environmental Studies program. Finally, I oversee Lang Outdoors, a series of collaborative, hands-on courses designed to get students off the campus and out into the “urban environment.” In the Lang Outdoors course I teach, Lang on the Hudson, students build 26-foot Whitehall gigs—replicas of 19th-century rowing boats that served as the water taxis of their day—and use them to explore the harbor and the estuary.
Courses Taught:

The New School Free Press (student newspaper)
Introductory Journalism: The City and the Natural World (focused on local and environmental topics)
Introduction to Non-Fiction
Reading for Writers: Journalism: Wilderness and the American Mind (American nature writing and the birth of the conservation movement)
Intermediate Journalism: The Metro Section
The Hudson: The River That Made America (University Lecture)
Lang on the Hudson (boatbuilding, rowing, and the history and politics of New York Harbor)


Recent Publications:

“Obsessed with Everest,” Men’s Journal, June 2006
“Paradise Pretty Soon: Canoeing Gabon’s Djidji River”, Outside, January 2007
"RV There Yet?" Cookie, June 2009
Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
65 West 11th Street, Room 068
New York, NY  10011
Office Hours:
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 x3355


Research Interests:
 The environmental history and restoration of New York Harbor and the Hudson
Coastal development, public access and local and national land-use policy
Waterfront park design and recreational policy
Professional Affiliations:
Creator of  www.newyorkharborbeaches.org, a website about the remaining sandy beaches of the Upper Harbor.
Founding member of the Village Community Boathouse on Pier 40, which offers free community rowing programs and is home to the boats that Lang students build in “Lang on the Hudson”.
Awards and Honors:
Lowell Thomas Award, Society of American Travel Journalists, 2006
The 1st annual Nike Earthwrite Award for Environmental Journalism, 1995

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