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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.

October 2021

faculty

Oct 25, 2021

Patricia Eunji Kim Audits 50,000 Monuments

In partnership with Monument Lab, Patricia Eunji Kim co-wrote and co-edited a national monument audit of 50,000 conventional monuments from every US state and territory. The audit was produced in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to inform its $250 million monuments project and was featured in NYU News and Futurity.

alumni

Oct 12, 2021

LaTasha Barnes (MA ’19) won a 2021 Bessie Award

LaTasha Barnes (MA ’19) won a 2021 Bessie Award for Sustained Achievement. Having danced with Caleb Teicher & Company, Dorrance Dance, Ephrat Asherie Dance, Ladies of Hip-Hop, and Passion Fruit Dance Company, Barnes is a versatile dancer in Lindy Hop, house dance, and hip-hop. "Barnes is celebrated globally for her musicality, athleticism and joyful presence," the Bessies committee noted. 

September 2021

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Sep 21, 2021

Amogh Thakkar (BA ’25) Named Breakthrough Junior Challenge Finalist

Amogh Thakkar (BA ’25) was named a Breakthrough Junior Challenge finalist for “You Are Part Virus: Human Endogenous Retroviruses.” The Challenge is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science.

student

Sep 20, 2021

Dakota Fordham (BA ’25) won Regional Tennis Championship Single

Dakota Fordham (BA ’25; pictured left) and Carol Plakk (BA ’25; pictured right) won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional Championships in Geneva, New York. The duo won the doubles title and Fordham defeated Plakk in the singles final.

August 2021

alumni

Aug 20, 2021

Joosje Duk (BA '16) Selected for Talent en Route

The Nederlands Film Festival selected writer-director Joosje Duk (BA ’16) for the Festival’s Talent en Route initiative, and will feature her web series Almost Starring.

faculty

Aug 2, 2021

Nancy Agabian Wins Prize

Nancy Agabian won a Jeanne Cordova Prize for Queer/Lesbian Nonfiction from Lambda Literary.

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.   

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

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.

June 2021

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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.

May 2021

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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.

April 2021

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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

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 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.

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.

faculty

Mar 1, 2021

Kim's Time Scales

Timescales: Thinking across Ecological Temporalities was co-edited by Patricia Eunji Kim, with Bethany Wiggin, and Carolyn Fornoff, was published by University of Minnestoa Press.  

February 2021

alumni

Feb 26, 2021

Isabel Bethencourt (BA '20) Wins Award

Isabel Bethencourt (BA ʼ16) and Parker Hill (Tisch BA ʼ16) co-directed Cusp, a cinema verité documentary about teenage girlhood which won The Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker after its January 30 premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

alumni

Feb 16, 2021

Forbes Honors Three Alumni in the 2021 “30 under 30” List

Three Gallatin alumni were selected by Forbes for the annual “30 Under 30” list that spots “young innovators on the verge of making it big.” In the Retail and ECommerce category, Jack DeFuria, 23 (BA ’19, with a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction), was featured for his work as co-founder of Parade, a line of eco-friendly colorful underwear that comes in inclusive sizes. In Finance, Elana Knoller, 29, (BA ʼ14, with concentration in Global Investment Strategies and Contemporary China), was recognized for her leadership as the Chief Product Officer at Better.com, an online homeownership service. In Music, Julian Swirsky, 26, (BA ʼ17) was recognized for his influence as a producer for Justin Bieber, Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls, Bow Wow, and more as the Senior Vice President of Artist and Repertoire at Republic Records.

This year’s additions to the Forbes 30 under 30 add to a tradition of influential Gallatin alumni who have been recognized by Forbes for leaving their mark on their industries. Since 2014, 21 Gallatin alumni have been named to the list. Past notable alumni 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 DeFuria, Knoller, Swirksky, and many other notable alumni 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.

—Lau Guzmán

alumni

Feb 1, 2021

Weinert Bessie Nomination

Adam Weinert (MA ʼ15) received a Bessie Nomination in the Outstanding Revival category for “Monuments: Echoes in the Dance Archive,” which he presented at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in the fall of 2019.

January 2021

alumni

Jan 1, 2021

Midori Named Kennedy Center Honoree

Violinist Midori (BA ʼ00, MA ʼ05) has been named a 2021 honoree by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, one of the country’s highest artistic honors. Performances and ceremonies for the Kennedy Center Honors will happen in May, with a broadcast scheduled for June 6 on CBS.