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Achievements

See below for recent news and achievements from Gallatin students, faculty, and alumni. Over the last decade, the Gallatin community has been honored with major international awards and prizes. A full list of student academic awardees, including Fulbright, Marshall, and Rhodes Scholars, can be found on this Fellowship page. Awards for faculty and alumni include the Academy Award, Tony Awards, MacArthur "Genius" Grants, Guggenheim Fellowships, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, and more.

August 2021

faculty

Aug 1, 2021

Remes's Critical Disaster Studies

Critical Disaster Studies, co-edited by Jacob Remes and Andy Horowitz, was published by University of Pennsylvania Press.   

alumni

Aug 1, 2021

De Shields Reprises Lear; Hadestown Returns to Broadway

Legendary actor André De Shields (MA ’91) will reprise the role of King Lear for an upcoming production of Shakespeare’s tragedy but first, he will return to Broadway in Hadestown.

staff

Aug 1, 2021

2021-2022 George Bennett Fellow

Kim Coleman Foote has been selected as the 2021-2022 George Bennett Fellow and will be Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire.

July 2021

student

Jul 15, 2021

2021 NYU Summer Launchpad

Brandon Lee (BA ’22) and George Li’s Middlemen, an online authentication and handling service for safely swapping sneakers online, participated in the 2021 NYU Summer Launchpad and in the NYU-Yale Pitchoff, held on July 15.

alumni

Jul 1, 2021

Fraizer Named Starshine and Clay Fellow

Poet Michael Frazier (BA ’00) is one of the inaugural fellows for Cave Canem’s Starshine and Clay Fellowship, a fellowship that provides financial and professional support to emerging Black poets.  

alumni

Jul 1, 2021

Duk Wins Netflix Script Contest

Joosje Duk (BA ’16) was one of only two winners of the Amsterdam-based Netflix New Voices Script Contest. For her screenplay One and One Equals Three, an anti-rom com about female sexuality, Duk won 25,000 Euros and has her screenplay on track to be adopted as a Netflix original film.  

alumni

Jul 1, 2021

Noche de Fuego nominated for Palme d'Or

The screenplay for Noche de Fuego, a film directed by Mexican-Salvadoran director Tatiana Huezo, was adapted from Prayers for the Stolen (Hogarth, 2014), a novel by Jennifer Clement (BA ’82). Noche de Fuego was nominated for a Palme d'Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

alumni

Jul 1, 2021

We the People Children's Musical Series

We The People, a new animated children's musical series by Chris Nee (BA ’93), was released on Netflix and reviewed in the New York Times, Decider, and Variety. Another Netflix show by Nee, Ridley Jones, launched on July 13.  

faculty

Jul 1, 2021

Haiti is stuck in a cycle of upheaval. Its people suffer the most.

For the Washington Post, Millery Polyné and Laurent Dubois co-authored the Op-Ed “Haiti is stuck in a cycle of upheaval. Its people suffer the most.”

faculty

Jul 1, 2021

The Bio-Informatic Digester

The Bio-Informatic Digester, an art installation that uses mealworms to eat styrofoam packaging developed by Mitchell Joachim and Terreform ONE, was included in A New View Camden, a six-month-long exhibition featuring six unique public art projects in Camden, New Jersey.

faculty

Jul 1, 2021

Global 1979: Geographies and Histories of the Iranian Revolution

Ali Mirsepassi and Arang Keshavarzian co-wrote the multidisciplinary book Global 1979: Geographies and Histories of the Iranian Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

June 2021

alumni

Jun 30, 2021

Dorrance Dance Opens Jacob's Pillow

Dorrance Dance, the award-winning tap dance company founded in 2011 by Michelle Dorrance (BA ’01), opened the 2021 Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

alumni

Jun 29, 2021

Jeongki Lim (BA ’10) Launches Coursera Course

Jeongki Lim (BA ’10), Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons at the New School, collaborated with the Parsons N Ventures team to launch "Creativity & A.I. Specialization," one of the first New School courses on Coursera.

alumni

Jun 18, 2021

John Ridley (BA ’87) Announces New Grant for WI Artists

Academy Award-winner John Ridley (BA ’87; screenwriter, 12 Years A Slave), is co-founder of Milwaukee-based No Studios, which announced $25,000 in grants to six Wisconsin musicians.

alumni

Jun 15, 2021

NYU Profiles Tara Lombardo (BA '06)

To celebrate Pride Month, NYU profiled Tara Lombardo (BA ’06) for her work as executive director of the Institute for Human Identity (IHI), the first and longest-running LGBTQ+ mental health organization.

alumni

Jun 15, 2021

BRAGGING RIGHTS With Josue Ledesma (BA ’12) Re-opens

Josue Ledesma (BA ’12) is part of the cast of BRAGGING RIGHTS, a sketch comedy competition show that re-opened at The Player's Theater.

alumni

Jun 14, 2021

Madeline Sayet (MA ’12) Performs Solo Play

In association with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Mohegan theater-maker Madeline Sayet (MA ’12) performed Where We Belong, a solo play that unpacks the legacy of solo play about the role of the UK in colonialism and Brexit. To unpack her work, Sayet was invited as a guest speaker on Shakespeare Unlimited, a podcast from the Folger Shakespeare library

alumni

Jun 13, 2021

Chinaka Hodge (BA ’06) Announced as Midnight Club Writer

Chinaka Hodge (BA ’06) was announced one of the writers for The Midnight Club, a new Netflix horror show based on Christopher Pike’s 1994 novel.

alumni

Jun 9, 2021

Jane Rosenthal (BA ’77) Celebrates 20th Tribeca Film Festival

Jane Rosenthal (BA '77) and Robert de Niro, the co-creators of the Tribeca Film Festival, celebrated the festival's 20th anniversary with a series of in-person gatherings throughout the city. 

alumni

Jun 6, 2021

Melissa Larsen (BA ’15) Publishes Psychological thriller

Shutter (Penguin Random House, 2021), a psychological thriller by Melissa Larsen (BA ’15), was reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Mystery and Suspense Magazine, Criminal Element, and was a New York Times selection for “Summer Reads Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Thump and Your Skin Crawl.”

alumni

Jun 1, 2021

Barnes Joins ASU Faculty

LaTasha Barnes (MA ’19) joined the faculty at Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance, and Theatre.

faculty

Jun 1, 2021

Poppyseed by Michael Dinwiddie

Poppyseed, a 10-minute play by Michael Dinwiddie (BA ’80; TSOA ’83), streamed in the Metropolitan Playhouse series “East Side Stories Unmasked: Welcome to the ​​Neighborhood.”  

faculty

Jun 1, 2021

New York's Post-COVID Recovery

For The New York Times, Kim Phillips-Fein wrote “New York City's Post-Covid Recovery,” an Op-Ed on how New York can become a more equitable city, post-pandemic.

staff

Jun 1, 2021

The Common Interview

KC Trommer was interviewed by Emily Everett for The Common’s podcast, New Books in Literature, about her new poem “The Couple” and about her work with QUEENSBOUND poets.

May 2021

faculty

May 27, 2021

Why Is Caste Inequality Still Legal in America?

Paula Chakravartty and Ajantha Subramanian wrote “Why Is Caste Inequality Still Legal in America?,” for the May 25, 2021 edition of The New York Times.

faculty

May 27, 2021

Katchadourian at Pace Gallery

Cumulus, Nina Katchadourian's first show at New York’s Pace Gallery, was reviewed in the May 27, 2021, issue of the New York Times: “Nina Katchadourian’s Eccentric Existentialism.”

alumni

May 22, 2021

Julius Galacki (MA ’89) Reads New Play

A reading of The Master and the Magician, a comedic play about love, gender, leadership, and art, written and directed by Julius Galacki (MA ’89) was staged on Zoom.

alumni

May 11, 2021

Susan Fritz (BA ’02) Publishes Memoir

Susan Fritz (BA ’02) published Everything Relevant Has Already Been Said (2021), a memoir about the death of her husband from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

alumni

May 10, 2021

Jennifer Rittner (BA ’92) Edited Issue of Design Museum Magazine

Jennifer Rittner (BA ’92) served as the Guest Editor of The Policing Issue, an issue of Design Museum Magazine dedicated to exploring the relationship between design, narrative, and the oppression of BIPOC.

alumni

May 9, 2021

John Ridley (BA ’87) Nominated for Eisner Award

Academy Award-winner John Ridley (BA ’87; screenwriter, 12 Years A Slave) and Giuseppe Camuncoli wrote the first issue of The Other History of the DC Universe, which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Single Issue.

alumni

May 7, 2021

Fulbright Awardees Announced

Saransh Desai-Chowdhry (BA ’20), Valerie Kipnis (BA ’16), and Valerie Tu (BA ’20) were announced as 2021 Fulbright Scholars. Locations for these scholars include India for Desai-Chowdhry, Ukraine for Kipnis, and Taiwan for Tu.

alumni

May 3, 2021

Christina Schuler (BA ’20) Named New York Urban Fellow

Christina Schuler (BA ’20) was named a 2021-2022 New York Urban Fellow, a competitive nine-month fellowship which places recent college graduates in positions in the New York City government.

alumni

May 1, 2021

We Can Recover Published

Susie Bartley (BA '00) published We Can Recover: Healing Words for Family and Friends of Addicts (Luminare Press, 2021).

student

May 1, 2021

Stalled Release

With funds from a Dean's Award for Graduating Seniors, Gallatin students Lia Hagen (BA ’19) and Anika Hussen (BA '21) created Stalled, a five-episode comedy series about 19-year-old nonbinary person that featues a cast of Gallatin students. Gallatin faculty Cynthia Allen served as executive producer.  

April 2021

faculty

Apr 27, 2021

BLACK FEMINIST VIDEO GAME Opened Off-Broadway

BLACK FEMINIST VIDEO GAME, a new play written by Darrel Alejandro Holnes and performed by a cast featuring Kyla Jeanne Butts (BA ’23) was announced by the Civilian Theater Company in Brooklyn.

alumni

Apr 13, 2021

Keli Goff (BA ’01) Writes About Race and Media

Keli Goff (BA ’01) spoke with female TV writers of color for “Creating Entertainment in a Year of Heartbreak and Horror,” published in the Hollywood Reporter For Vogue, Goff wrote a short personal essay about becoming a screenwriter: “How my Hair Drove me from Cable News to my Dream Career.” 

faculty

Apr 12, 2021

Kristoffer Diaz (BA ’99) Elected Secretary of the Dramatists Guild of America

Playwright and Gallatin faculty member Kristoffer Diaz (BA ’99) was elected as the Secretary of the most inclusive board yet of the Dramatists Guild of America.

alumni

Apr 8, 2021

April 8 Named André De Shields Appreciation Day

April 8, 2021 was named André De Shields Appreciation Day to honor the work, activism, and influence that the Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning De Shields (MA ’91) has had on both stage and screen.

faculty

Apr 1, 2021

Gallatin Announces Faculty Awards

Julian Cornell, Vasuki Nesiah, and Carol Zoref were honored with a 2021 Gallatin Dean's Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Cynthia Allen won Gallatin’s 2021 Adviser of Distinction Award.

March 2021

student

Mar 29, 2021

Sabrina Choudhary (BA ’22) Appointed WSN Editor

Sabrina Choudhary (BA ’22) was appointed as the Deputy Culture Editor at Washington Square News, NYU's official student newspaper. 

alumni

Mar 29, 2021

Luce Scholarship for Maame Boatemaa (BA '19)

In the fall of 2021, Maame Boatemaa (BA ’19) will visit Asia on a year-long Luce Scholarship. A nationally competitive fellowship program aimed at enhancing the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society, the Luce Program will welcome Boatemaa and seventeen other scholars, all of whom receive stipends, language training, and professional placements at various locations around Asia. While placements have not yet been decided, it’s likely Boatemaa will be living and working in Seoul, South Korea, or in Thailand for 2021-2022, where she plans to focus on transportation and urban planning.

alumni

Mar 11, 2021

Documentary by Zach McMillan (BA ’08) Opened Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Invisible Valley, a documentary film from Zach McMillan (BA ’08) and Aaron Maurer, opened the 2021 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).

alumni

Mar 1, 2021

Independence Media Award

Eunice Levis (MA ’21) was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Independence Public Media Foundation to fund InVade, a short film about an 8-year-old boy detained with his father during an ICE raid.

alumni

Mar 1, 2021

Homeless Hotel Release

MA student Renata Romain directed Homeless Hotel, a documentary film about the homelessness crisis in New York City which was released on December 22, 2020.

faculty

Mar 1, 2021

Washington Square North Faculty Fellowship

Duncan Yoon and Pedro Monaville (NYU-AD) have been awarded a 2022 Washington Square North Faculty Fellowship for their project “Kinshasaʼs Ambiance: Remembering TK Biaya,” which will focus on the work of the Congolese interdisciplinary scholar.

faculty

Mar 1, 2021

Katchadourian at Catherine Clarke

Nina Katchadourianʼs first solo exhibition at the Catharine Clark Gallery, “To Feel Something That Was Not of Our World,” was celebrated in a full page review in the New York Times and in the San Francisco Chronicle. Katchadourianʼs sound sculpture, “Talking Popcorn,” was included in Imagining Data, a virtual exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design.

faculty

Mar 1, 2021

Migrant Psalms Launch

The Poetry Foundation hosted the launch of Migrant Psalms (Northwestern University Press, 2021) by Darrel Alejandro Holnes, winner of the 2021 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize.

faculty

Mar 1, 2021

Kluge Fellowship

Subah Dayal has been awarded a 2022 Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress to research “The Household State: Empire and Belonging in the Mughal World.” Dayal will examine the Naqvi Family Collection in the Africa and Middle East Division.

faculty

Mar 1, 2021

NYU Humanities Center Fellowship

Paula Chakravartty has been awarded a 2022 NYU Humanities Center Fellowship to support her book project Technologies of Freedom? Racial Capitalism and the Infrastructures of Empire, a study that charts the Cold War lineages of today’s rise of algorithmic right-wing nationalisms and social media-triggered fake news targeting minorities and migrants.  

alumni

Mar 1, 2021

Alum Awarded Pickering Fellowship

John Leake (BA '18) was awarded a 2021 Pickering Fellowship, which provides two years of funding for graduate school and selection into the US Foreign Service.