faculty experts at the new school available for comment on black history month

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; Baby bonds and socioeconomic stratification; Racial and ethnic disparities in the economy, healthcare, urban renewal, mental health, and education

NEW YORK, February 1, 2024 – 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

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 of 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, Assistant Professor of 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

Lillian Polanco-Roman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is a licensed clinical psychologist who researches the intersecting areas of cultural psychology, mental health, and youth development. Her work aims to investigate the sociocultural context of the development of psychopathology as well as in the promotion of mental well-being among racial/ethnic minority and immigrant youth. 
Areas of Expertise: Mental health and youth development 

Rory Solomon, Assistant Professor of Code and Liberal Arts, researches the areas of infrastructure 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 

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 

Saudi Garcia, Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, is an anthropologist, writer, ethnographic researcher and social transformation practitioner who examines racial capitalism, environmental health, and ecological crisis with a focus on Afro-Caribbean people. 
Areas of Expertise: Race and capitalism, environmental health, and ecological crisis.

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 more than 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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