A Message from the Provost

Welcome to TNSresearch

Tim Marshall

In recognizing the value that faculty members, staff researchers, and students bring to the New School community through their scholarship, the Provost Office is pleased to introduce TNSresearch, an online report dedicated to supporting and promoting research at The New School. This report features diverse projects from faculty and students, and its goal is to highlight recent efforts and achievements in scholarship and creative professional practice made by those within the New School community, particularly among those faculty and students engaged in sponsored projects and research at the university.

Research at The New School is innovative and wide in its scope, spanning the humanities and arts, the social sciences, and design and policy fields. As this report is launched, we hope to demonstrate a wide breadth of projects and methodological approaches toward addressing local and global challenges and critical questions facing society today.

The first issue features four current projects led by faculty and staff at The New School.

Andrew White currently leads Child Welfare Watch, a project of the Center for New York City Affairs, that provides in-depth investigative reporting on and analysis of children and family services, while tracking the real-life impact of public policy and reform initiatives on families and the service agencies who work with them.

Successfully concluding its second exhibition and workshop series on social innovation in New York City, AMPLIFY, a project of the DESIS Lab at Parsons—led by Lara Penin and Eduardo Staszowski, assistant professors in the School of Design Strategies—explores the often hidden examples of how communities create alternatives to standard commercial and government services for more sustainable city living.

Sanjay Reddy, associate professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research, calls into question how economic theory, study, and practice are applied in classrooms and the market today. He questions exactly how neutral and scientific our thinking and approach are and discusses his project on value-entangled economics.

In an interview, Laura Auricchio, Chair of Humanities and associate professor of Art History, discusses her collaborative research project that brought scholars together to contribute to a forthcoming volume on arboreal values. She also describes how the work aims to encourage conversations among various fields of inquiry towards an emerging, hybrid discipline of tree studies.

The articles in this first issue are just a few examples of research taking place at the university. We hope to update this report regularly based on input from faculty members about their research and project support. 

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