A cultural historian and sociologist of art, Laurin Raiken is a founding faculty member of the Gallatin School and founder of the Gallatin Arts and Society Program and the Gallatin Arts Programs. His teaching and research interests include: the anthropology, sociology and political economy of the arts, cultural policy, arts and social change, the Jewish mystical tradition and art, Native American life, and American society and economy in transition. An activist and community organizer in the art world, Professor Raiken was a founder of the anti-racist, anti violence New York Free Theater and board chairman of the Foundation for the Community of Artists, an artists' service organization. As executive of the Foundation for the Community of Artists, FCA, Professor Raiken helped to create the largest national visual artists health insurance plan in the United States. He has worked in various public and private positions in arts and cultural policy and as a co-chair of Citizens for Artist Housing under the direction of Doris C. Freedman, helped to draft the legislation that legalized loft living for artists in SoHo and NoHo. Laurin has served as a consultant to the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as an education/cultural advisor to the Interfaith Center of New York and as a senior editor for the newspaper, Art and Artists. Professor Raiken serves as a Gallatin liaison for the Gallatin Newington-Cropsey Foundation Fellowship Program and is Senior Fellow at the foundation's Academy of Art. He is President of the Leo Bronstein Trust and literary executor of the late Leo Bronstein's books on "metaphysics, life and art." A founder of the ongoing NYU Community Service Program he has recently become a faculty consultant to NYU's Faculty Resource Network for Native American Higher Education. He has been a faculty convener for FRN's seminar, "Art, Public Policy and Politics. With Debra Szybinski, the Director of FRN, Laurin helped to bring about the first institutional connection in the history of NYU with a Native American College, United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota. Professor Raiken is the Gallatin School's Faculty University Senator. He has recently started the new Arts and Society Program to use the arts and artistic achievements of Gallatin alumni to bring our alumni into closer relation with the growing achievements of our school. Professor Raiken was the youngest member of the faculty to have received the NYU Great Teacher Award up until 1983 and in 1992 was named by Vanderbilt University a University Educator of the Year.
Teaching and Research Interests
comparative social and cultural history; sociology of the arts; analysis of American social, political, and economic institutions; political economy of art, artists, and cultural institutions; arts professions and artists’ careers; arts services; arts management and cultural policy; Native American culture; comparative religion
B.A. Psychology, Brandeis University, 1965 M.A. Sociology, Adelphi University, 1972