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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.

April 2022

alumni

Apr 5, 2022

Christy Turlington Burns (BA ’99) Co-Edits New Book

Christy Turlington Burns (BA ’99) and Amy Shumer co-edited Arrival Stories: Women Share Their Experiences of Becoming Mothers (Penguin Random House, 2022), an anthology of stories of motherhood.

February 2022

faculty

Feb 1, 2022

Darrel Alejandro Holnes Announces New Book

Darrel Alejandro Holnes announced Stepmotherland, (Notre Dame Press, February 2022) his first full-length collection of poems that chronicle and question identity, family, and allegiance.

October 2021

faculty

Oct 1, 2021

Steve Duncombe Co-Writes New Book

The Art of Activism: Your All-Purpose Guide to Making the Impossible Possible (O/R Books, 2021) by Steve Duncombe and Steve Lambert brings together the authors’ extensive practical knowledge—gleaned from over a decade’s experience training activists around the world—with theoretical insights from fields as far-ranging as cultural studies and cognitive science.From the United Farm Workers’ boycott movement in sixties’ California to a canal-side beach in present-day Saint Petersburg, these pages are packed with contemporary and historical case studies that have been shown to work in practice.

July 2021

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 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.”

May 2021

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 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).

March 2021

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.

February 2021

alumni

Feb 1, 2021

McKinley's African Lookbook

The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women by Catherine McKinley (MA ’16) was published by Bloomsbury.

December 2020

alumni

Dec 18, 2020

Saransh Desai-Chowdhry (BA ʼ20) Publishes Book

On December 6, 2020, Saransh Desai-Chowdhry (BA ʼ20) published Soundstorm (New Degree Press, 2020), a collection of essays that analyzes the interconnections between business, art, and culture in the music industry.

alumni

Dec 18, 2020

Recent Alum Publishes Soundstorm

In December 2020, Saransh Desai-Chowdhry (BA ’20) published Soundstorm (New Degree Press, 2020) a collection of essays that analyzes the tensions between the creative and business aspects of the music industry. “I wanted to bridge the gap between those different worlds so that we can think about potential futures for music, both creatively and commercially, that can actually appeal to artists, business leaders, and listeners alike,” he said in a Zoom interview.

Desai-Chowdhry graduated in May 2020 with a concentration in cultural entrepreneurship which centered around the synthesis of commercialization, development, and the social productivity of cultural products, including music. His concentration explored the question of how business could be used as a force for social good. Soundstorm contains some forms of the same question and looks at the impact of the music industry and whether or not it is helping musicians.

Despite the difficulty of what he characterizes as the music industry’s “hyper-capitalistic framework,” Desai-Chowdhry remains optimistic about the potential music has to bring about social change. “It’s different from a typical product because it actually can be used as a force to harness social and cultural change.”

Desai-Chowdhry is originally from LA and grew up performing Indian classical music. He believes that the most successful artists are those whose visions have been respected by the business side of the industry. “If the business side of things wants to continue to be fruitful, they need to find ways to actually magnify the artistic voice as opposed to superseding it.” From coffee shop soundtracks to the busking of street musicians, music is an ubiquitous art form. “You're not even choosing to engage with it—you’re literally absorbing the sound waves, and being impacted by choices that are made by record executives and public rights organizations,” he said.

While at Gallatin, Desai-Chowdhry took music criticism classes at Gallatin with music writers and critics Amanda Petrusich and Ben Ratliff, a musicology course with musician and Gallatin faculty member Kwami Coleman, and was part of the inaugural cohort of 4th Wave, the Gallatin Summer Music Intensive. “I wrote a few essays for my classes with the explicit intention of including them in the book,” he said. “Particularly in Ben Ratliff’s graduate course ‘Critic Versus Cliché’ and Amanda Petrusich’s ‘Pop Cultural Criticism.’”

Written from June 2019 to December 2020, Soundstorm was funded in part with a NYU Gallatin Dean's Award for Graduating Seniors. “This book is so much a reflection of my experience at NYU and Gallatin,” he said. “It would not exist without the professors and the students that I encountered along the way.”

--Lau Guzmán

 

November 2020

alumni

Nov 18, 2020

Global Citizenship Book

Julie Knutson (BA ʼ01) wrote Global Citizenship: Engage in the Politics of a Changing World
(Nomad Press, September 2020), a book for readers ages 12 to 15 designed to help them discover the resources and information they need to act in support of global human rights.

alumni

Nov 18, 2020

Major Arcana: Portraits of Witches in America

Frances F. Denny (BA ʼ07) published Major Arcana: Portraits of Witches in America (Andrews McMeel Publishing, November 2020), a photo-based exploration of modern-day witches from all over America.

faculty

Nov 1, 2020

de Gennaro's Modernism after Postcolonialism

Modernism After Postcolonialism: Toward a Nonterritorial Comparative Literature by Mara de Gennaro was published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2020).

October 2020

alumni

Oct 13, 2020

Mayrock Book

Aija Mayrock (BA ’19) published her first poetry collection, Dear Girl (Andrews McMeel, 2020).

alumni

Oct 13, 2020

Blood and Oil Book

Bradley Hope (BA ’06) and Justin Scheck published Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power (Hachette, 2020).

August 2020

faculty

Aug 19, 2020

Furnace and Fugue Book

Donna Bilak, along with Tara Nummedal, co-edited the book Furnace and Fugue: A Digital Edition of Michael Maier's Atalanta fugiens (1618).

alumni

Aug 19, 2020

Sherman Book

Maria Sherman (BA ’13) wrote Larger Than Life: A History of Boybands from NKOTB to BTS.

faculty

Aug 19, 2020

Design With Life

Along with Terreform ONE co-founder Maria Aiolova, Mitchell Joachim authored Design with Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities (Actar, 2020).

July 2020

alumni

Jul 31, 2020

Fitzpatrick Poetry

Jameson Fitzpatrick's (BA ’12) debut collection of poetry, Pricks in the Tapestry, was released by Birds LLC in June 2020.

May 2020

faculty

May 1, 2020

Gadberry's Cartesian Poetics

Cartesian Poetics: The Art of Thinking by Andrea Gadberry was published by University of Chicago Press.

April 2020

faculty

Apr 23, 2020

Young Heroes of the Soviet Union Review

Alex Halberstadt’s book, Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and A Reckoning (Penguin Random House, 2020), was named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Excerpts of the novel published in the April 5, 2020, issue of The New Yorker and on March 18, 2020, edition of Literary Hub. Halberstadt also participated in a Zoom book launch with journalist Masha Gessen, hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library and Greenlight Bookstore on April 23, 2020.

November 2019

faculty

Nov 10, 2019

BITTEN!

D.B. Gilles independently published Bitten! My Days as Donald Trump's White House Dog.  

faculty

Nov 7, 2019

Exquisite Cadavers

Meena Kandasamy's Exquisite Cadavers was published by Atlantic Books.

October 2019

faculty

Oct 17, 2019

Iran's Quiet Revolution

Ali Mirsepassi's Iran's Quiet Revolution: The Downfall of the Pahlavi State (The Global Middle East) was published by Cambridge University Press.

September 2019

faculty

Sep 17, 2019

Austerlitz - Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era

Saul Austerlitz's Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show that Defined a Television Era was published by Dutton.  

August 2019

faculty

Aug 27, 2019

March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women

Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado, Jane Smiley and Kate Bolick's March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women was published by Library of America.  

faculty

Aug 22, 2019

Modern American Drama: Playwriting in the 1990's: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations

Cheryl Black and Sharon Friedman's Modern American Drama: Playwriting in the 1990's: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

May 2019

faculty

May 28, 2019

Book of Collateral Damage

Sinan Antoon's The Book of Collateral Damage (al-Fihrist) was published by Yale University Press. 

alumni

May 1, 2019

Henry the Boy

Molly Felder (BA ’02, MA ’05)’s children’s book, Henry the Boy, based on Felder’s own experience as someone born with cerebral palsy, was released by Penny Candy Books in April 2019.

staff

May 1, 2019

We Call Them Beautiful

We Call Them Beautiful, the first collection of poetry from Assistant Director of Communications, KC Trommer, has just been released by Diode Editions. She was interviewed about reading, writing, and telling stories by Girls at Library.

faculty

May 1, 2019

Stanley Publishes Book on Einstein's War

Matthew Stanley’s latest book, Einstein’s War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I (Dutton, 2019), was given starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Stanley was featured in the March 22, 2019, Publishers Weekly feature “Only Human: PW Talks with Matthew Stanley.

April 2019

faculty

Apr 2, 2019

Becoming a Hairstylist

Kate Bolick's Becoming a Hairstylist was published by Simon & Schuster.

March 2019

faculty

Mar 30, 2019

Tartessos

Scott Hightower's Tartessos was published by Devenir.  

faculty

Mar 26, 2019

Design With Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities

Maria Aiolova, Terreform One, and Mitchell Joachim's Design With Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities was published by Actar Publishers.

faculty

Mar 22, 2019

What (I Think) Every Musician Should Know

John Castellano's What (I Think) Every Musician Should Know was published by John's Publications, LLC.  

faculty

Mar 5, 2019

Cuba Then, Cuba Now

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's Cuba Then, Cuba Now was published by Canongate Books.

student

Mar 1, 2019

Scarlett Curtis Edits Feminist Essays

Hailed as “brilliant, hysterical, truthful and real” by actress Reese Witherspoon and edited by Gallatin student Scarlett Curtis, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies: Amazing Women on What the F Word Means to Th (Penguin, 2018) is a collection of essays written by women all over the globe on their definitions of feminism.

January 2019

alumni

Jan 29, 2019

Gun Love Wins Accolades

Gun Love, the 2018 novel by PEN International President Jennifer Clement (BA ’82), was named one of the top 10 books of 2018 by TIME Magazine. The novel was also finalist for the 2018 National Book Awards.

October 2018

faculty

Oct 25, 2018

We, The Sovereign

Gianpaolo Baiocchi's We, The Sovereign was published by Polity Press.  

faculty

Oct 16, 2018

Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal

Rosalin Fredericks' Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal was published by Duke University Press.

July 2018

alumni

Jul 1, 2018

Open Me, the Debut Novel of Lisa Locascio

Open Me, the debut novel of Lisa Locascio (BA ’07), is included on the Village Voice round up “5 Great Debut Novels to Help Get You Through This Summer." In the fall of 2018, Locascio will join Mendocino College and serve as Executive Director of the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference.

alumni

Jul 1, 2018

AUTHOR: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan To Be Released

Beowulf Sheehan (MA ’96)’s first book, AUTHOR: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan, will be published in October 2018 by Black Dog & Leventhal and will feature some 200+ photographs of authors from 35 countries, with a foreword by Salman Rushdie.

faculty

Jul 1, 2018

Ali Mirsepassi's Iran’s Troubled Modernity

Ali Mirsepassi's Iran’s Troubled Modernity: Debating Ahmad Fardid’s Legacy was published by Cambridge University Press.

faculty

Jul 1, 2018

Hallie Franks's The World Underfoot

Hallie Franks'sThe World Underfoot: Mosaics and Movement in the Greek Symposium has been released by Oxford University Press.

faculty

Jul 1, 2018

Saul Austerlitz's Just a Shot Away

Saul Austerlitz's Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love, and Tragedy With the Rolling Stones at Altamont has been released by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s. The New York Times Book Review called the book “revelatory” and “the most blisteringly impassioned music book of the season.” In July, Amazon listed Just A Shot Away as one of the Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction.

May 2018

faculty

May 1, 2018

Duncombe 2018 Publications

Stephen Duncombe's Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture (20th Anniversary Edition; Microcosm, 2017) was reissued. In 2018, the Spanish edition of Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy (Tinta Limón Ediciones, 2018) was published.

March 2018

faculty

Mar 13, 2018

Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture

Scott Specht and Louise Harpman's Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture was published by Princeton Architectural Press.

February 2018

alumni

Feb 28, 2018

Sophie Lasoff Publishes Resistance Guide

Sophie Lasoff (BA '16) published Resistance Guide: How to Sustain the Movement to Win.

alumni

Feb 15, 2018

Henry Holt and Co. to Release Heather Harpham's Memoir

Henry Holt and Co. will release Heather Harpham (MA '98; MFA GSAS '00)'s memoir Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After in August.