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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


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


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.

December 2021


Dec 9, 2021

Forbes Names Gallatin Alumni in the 2021 "30 under 30" List

Jordan Anderson (BA ’14) and Blake Slatkin were selected by Forbes for the tenth annual “30 Under 30” list created to “identify the new guard, the young innovators, trailblazers and disruptors remaking our world.”

Chef Jordan Anderson (BA ’14) was featured for his work as the executive chef and co-founder of Sami & Susu, an all-day Mediterranean restaurant based in NYC. Inspired by family recipes, Anderson and cofounder Amir Nathan launched Sami & Susu as a roving pop-up in summer 2020 to serve coffee, pastries, small plates, and natural wines. After a year of delivering food all over the city, Sami & Susu put down roots in the Lower East Side.

Producer and writer Blake Slatkin was featured for his achievements in music. Working with musicians like The Kid Laroi, Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber, Iann Dior, Slatkin has made three top 10 hits in the last year. He recently received a Titanium award from iHeart Radio for 1 billion total audience spins on “Mood” by 24k Goldn and Iann Dior.

This year’s additions to the Forbes 30 under 30 list join influential Gallatin alumni recognized by Forbes for leaving their mark, with over 20 NYU alumni making the cut. Since 2014, 24 Gallatin alumni have been named to the list. Past notables include Madeline Sayet (MA ’12 in Arts Politics and Post-Colonial Theory), the current Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (YIPAP); Phillip Picardi (BA ’12 with a concentration in Beauty), the founder of Them, a Condé-Nast LGBTQ-focused publication; and Rachel Tippograph (BA ‘09 in Entertainment Business & New Media), founder and CEO of MikMak.

The listing of Slatkin and Anderson in Forbes serves as the bellwether for future success in their industries and as a testament to Gallatin’s remarkable ability to produce change-makers in industries as diverse as the concentrations offered at Gallatin.

October 2021


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.

August 2021


Aug 10, 2021

Damon Kornhauser (BA ’02) Received Double Grant

NextUs Ventures founder Damon Kornhauser (BA ’02) received a double grant from the US Department of State and IREX to create a new model of digital collaboration.


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


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.  


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.

January 2021


Jan 8, 2021

2021 Gallatin Global Fellows in Urban Practice Announced

Each year, the Urban Democracy Lab selects students for the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice (GGFUP). The program provides funding of up to $5,000 and support for six to ten advanced BA and MA students to pursue extended, community-engaged, practice-based research projects in partnership with urban social justice organizations.

Based on a vision of sharing resources, producing practical scholarly research, and self-reflexively critiquing systems of power and privilege, the fellowship is built upon established long-term partnerships with community-based organizations. Each research project is co-designed by the host organization with faculty mentors and GGFUP fellows. Fellows prepare for their research project by taking a two credit seminar in the spring semester.

The 2021 Urban Practice Fellows and their community partner organizations are as follows:

Najah Aldridge (CAS BA) - The Clemente
Lau Guzmán (Gallatin BA) - The Loisaida Center
Nosheen Hossain (Gallatin BA) - WHEDco
Xixi Jiang (Gallatin BA) - Right To The City Alliance
Maggie Moss (Wagner MUP) - ALIGN
Ama Sarpomaa (Gallatin BA) - African Communities Together
Mira Silveira (Gallatin BA) - Pratt Center for Community Development
Costanza Tremante (Wagner MUP) - Paisaje Transversal

The bios of the fellows can be found on the GGFUP website.