Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Julia Foulkes

    Professor of History

    Office Location:

    Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building

    Profile:

    Julia Foulkes investigates interdisciplinary questions about the arts, urban studies, and history in her research and teaching. Her most recent book is A Place for Us: West Side Story and New York (2016). She is also the author of Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey (2002); To the City: Urban Photographs of the New Deal (2011); and the editor of two journal volumes, The Arts in Place (Journal of Social History, 2010) and, with Aaron Shkuda, essays on arts and urban development in the Journal of Urban History (2015). Currently she is researching the rise of New York as a capital of culture in the 20th century.

    With Mark Larrimore, she is also leading efforts to research the history of The New School and oversees a website devoted to exploring the complex and far-reaching history of this institution. She has also been a lead faculty member of the Humanities Action Lab, an international hub where the humanities and design generate innovative curricula and public enagement on urgent social issues. The first exhibition, States of Incarceration, examines the history of imprisonment in the U.S.

    Recent Publications:

    A Place for Us: West Side Story and New York (2016)
    Introduction, Dancing in the Streets: The Arts in Postwar U.S. Cities, Journal of Urban History (2015)
    "Seeing the City: The Filming of West Side Story," Journal of Urban History (2015)
    “Dance and the City,” Festschrift for Rüdiger Kunow (2013)
    To the City: Urban Photographs of the New Deal (2011)
    Introduction, The Arts in Place, Journal of Social History (2010)
    “Streets and Stages: Urban Renewal and the Arts after World War II,” Journal of Social History (2010)
    Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey (2002)
     

    Research Interests:

    Arts and Urbanization, New York City, The New School

    Awards And Honors:

    Fellow, GIDEST, The New School, 2016-17

    Fellow, Center for Ballet and the Arts, NYU, Spring 2016

    Research Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, July 2011

    Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2005-06

    Scholar-in-Residence, Rockefeller Archive Center, Summer 2005

    Honorable Mention, American Studies Association’s 2003 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize

    Postdoctoral Fellowship, David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, 2002-03

    Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Columbia College Chicago, 1997-98
     

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