Faculty members at the New York City university can discuss the history and purpose of this event; African-American contributions to art, design and literature; Black Lives Matter and social protest; and racial and ethnic disparities in the economy, healthcare, urban renewal, mental health, and education

New York, January 24, 2023—Faculty experts at The New School, a progressive New York City university with academic programs in race and ethnicity, social justice, economics, international affairs, liberal arts and more, are available for comment on Black History Month.

Faculty members can speak on a range of issues, including the history and purpose of Black History Month; African-American contributions to art, design, literature, and the liberal arts; Black Lives Matter and social protest movements; and racial and ethnic disparities in the economy, healthcare.

The faculty members are:

  • Darrick Hamilton, Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy and a University Professor, has written extensively about socioeconomic stratification in education, health, wealth, homeownership, marriage, and labor market outcomes.
    Areas of Expertise: Racial and ethnic disparities in the economy and healthcare; Baby bonds
  • Deva Woodly, Associate Professor of Politics, is the author of Reckoning: Black Lives Matter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements and The Politics of Common Sense: How Social Movements Use Public Discourse to Change Politics and Win Acceptance.
    Areas of Expertise: Social movements and Black Lives Matter; Race and politics; Media representation
  • Latha Poonamallee, Associate Professor of Management and Social Innovation, founded the Management and Social Justice Conversation Series at the New School, which explores the idea what if management was a vehicle for attaining social justice and advancing equity and inclusion.
    Areas of Expertise: Socio-tech innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Mark Gardner, Assistant Professor of Architectural Practice and Society, is a principal at NYC-based Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects (J/GA) and works to best understand the role of design as a social practice. He is also Advocacy Chair for nycobaNOMA, the New York chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects; and past co-chair of the AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
    Areas of Expertise: Design as a social practice; BIPOC in architecture and design
  • Mia White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, is an expert in the intersection of Black studies, environmental studies, critical urban studies, political ecology, social movements, and community development.
    Areas of Expertise: Environmental justice; Race and natural resource management; Sustainable community and resource development
  • Romy Opperman, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy, bridges Africana, continental, decolonial, environmental, and feminist philosophy to foreground issues of racism and colonialism for environmental ethics and justice.
    Areas of Expertise:  Colonialism, Environmental ethics and justice, Feminist philosophy
  • Patrick Hughes, Associate Teaching Professor, is a fashion and decorative arts historian and the author of Barkley L. Hendricks, a Master of Sartorial Identity – a reflection of the political and fashion narrative of an artist's work during the Pan-African Movement of the 1970's (IRK Magazine France).
    Areas of Expertise: Fashion and race; 1970’s Pan-African Movement
  • Rich Blint, Assistant Professor of Literature, is the director of the Program in Race and Ethnicity, affiliate faculty in Gender Studies, and the author of the forthcoming books A Queer Spirit: Incidents in the Life of the Americas and A Radical Interiority: James Baldwin and the Personified Self in Modern American Culture.
    Areas of Expertise: Race, gender and politics; the 1619 Project; African-American Literature
  • Rory Solomon, Assistant Professor of Code and Liberal Arts, researches the areas of infrastucture studies, network studies, and software studies, and focuses on objects including antennae, ham and citizens' band radio, and other wireless media.
    Areas of Expertise: Access and equity in coding; Communications infrastructure; Software engineering pedagogy; 20th century media history
  • Sharon Egretta Sutton, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Architecture, FAIA is an activist educator and public scholar who promotes inclusivity in the cultural makeup of the city-making professions and in the populations they serve, and also advocates for participatory planning and design processes in disenfranchised communities.
    Areas of Expertise: Inclusivity in architecture, planning and design
  • Ayo Okunseinde, Assistant Professor of Interaction and Media Design, is an artist and designer whose work explores the physical and digital spaces and asks us, through technology, to reimagine notions of race, identity, politics and culture.
    Areas of Expertise: Race and identity in interactive media design and the arts

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.




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