Professor of History
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building
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.
Arts and Urbanization, New York City, The New School
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