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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.

May 2022


May 17, 2022

Maya Rodale (BA ’04; GSAS MA ‘10)’s The Mad Girls of New York Published by Penguin Random House

Maya Rodale (BA ’04; GSAS MA ‘10)’s The Mad Girls of New York was published by Penguin Random House.


May 17, 2022

Kate Folk's Out There Published by Random House

Kate Folk (BA ’07)’s story collection Out There was published by Random House in 2022.


May 16, 2022

Bryonn Bain (MA '99)'s Rebel Speak Published by University of California Press

Bryonn Bain (MA ’99)’s Rebel Speak was published by University of California Press in April 2022.

March 2022


Mar 10, 2022

Coco Mellors (BA '11) Debuts Novel Cleopatra and Frankenstein

Coco Mellors (BA ’11; GSAS MFA ’16)’s first novel Cleopatra and Frankenstein was published by Bloomsbury in 2022.


Mar 10, 2022

Danya Kukafka (BA '14) Published Her Second Novel with HarperCollins

Danya Kukafka (BA ’14)’s second novel, Notes on an Execution, was published by HarperCollins in January 2022, receiving great critical acclaim.


Mar 10, 2022

Joosje Duk (BA '16) Makes Nonfiction Debut With IK ZIE JE BIJ DE UITGANG (I’LL SEE YOU AT THE EXIT)

Joosje Duk (BA ’16)’s non-fiction debut, IK ZIE JE BIJ DE UITGANG (I’LL SEE YOU AT THE EXIT), was published by Lebowski Publishers in September 2021. The book takes the form of an ICU diary written for the author’s father as he battled COVID-19.


Mar 10, 2022

Gregory Bonsignore (BA '05) Published Betty White Children's Book

Gregory Bonsignore (BA ’05)’s new illustrated children’s book on Betty White, That's Betty, was published by Macmillan in February 2022. The book has been reviewed to be a sweet and delightful retrospective on the life of a beloved American figure.

February 2022


Feb 25, 2022

Heather Berg (BA '08) Publishes First Book: Porn Work

Heather Berg (BA ’08)'s first book, Porn Work: Sex, Labor, and Late Capitalisman investigation into the sex work industry, was published by University of North Carolina Press.


Feb 4, 2022

Patrick Scorese (MA ’20) and Kendra Capece (MA ’20) co-authored Pandemic Performance: Resilience, Liveness, and Protest in Quarantine Times (Routledge, 2021)

Patrick Scorese (MA ’20) and Kendra Capece (MA ’20) co-authored Pandemic Performance: Resilience, Liveness, and Protest in Quarantine Times (Routledge, 2021). The book grew out of Alejandro Velasco’s 2019 Thesis Proposal Seminar.

December 2021


Dec 3, 2021

Safia Elhillo (BA ’13) Longlisted for 2021 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Home is Not a Country (Penguin Random House, 2021), a novel in verse by Safia Elhillo (BA ’13) was longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.


Dec 3, 2021

Rachel Krantz (BA ’10) Book Reviewed in Publishers Weekly

Rachel Krantz (BA ’10) published Open: An Uncensored Memoir of Love, Liberation, and Non-monogamy (Penguin Random House, 2022).

June 2021


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 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.


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).

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.

December 2020


Dec 18, 2020

Saransh Desai-Chowdhry (BA ʼ20) Publishes Book

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.


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


October 2020


Oct 13, 2020

Mayrock Book

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


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


Aug 19, 2020

Sherman Book

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

July 2020


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 2019


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.

January 2019


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.

July 2018


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.


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.

February 2018


Feb 28, 2018

Sophie Lasoff Publishes Resistance Guide

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


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.


Feb 1, 2018

Penguin Books to Release Jennifer Clement's Gun Love

Gun Love, the latest from poet, author, and President of PEN International Jennifer Clement (BA ’82), will be released from Penguin Books in March 2018.  

December 2017


Dec 1, 2017

John Matthew Fox Publishes Collection of Short Stories

John Matthew Fox (BA '03)'s I Will Shout Your Name was published by Press 53 in December 2017.  


Dec 1, 2017

Emily Dufton Publishes First Book

Emily Dufton (BA '04)'s first book, Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America, was released by Basic Books in December 2017.

November 2017


Nov 20, 2017

Gallatin Alumni and Students Top the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Forbes magazine has released the names of its prestigious annual “30 Under 30” list, which encompasses 20 industries and highlights 600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators, and game changers selected from over 15,000 nominations. Eleven Gallatin alumni, students, and former students were named to this year’s list.

Gallatin alumni on the list include:

As well as current student:

and former Gallatin students, including:

In all, NYU had 22 alumni, students, and former students named to the prestigious list.

Congrats to all!


Correction: An earlier version of this article omitted the names of Meika Hollender and Madeline Sayet name. We apologize for the error.




Nov 1, 2017

Katherine Faw Publishes Second Novel

Katherine Faw (BA '05)'s second novel, Ultraluminous, was published in December 2017 by MCD.