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2021-2022 Faculty Awards and Major Work

Gallatin celebrates Faculty Achievements, Awards, and Major Works from 2021-2022

Apr 25, 2023


Teaching Awards  

Eve Meltzer  Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Eve Meltzer is an associate professor of Visual Studies at Gallatin and is an affiliated faculty member in NYU's Department of Art History. She received her MA and PhD in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research and teaching interests explore the intertwining of psychic life and visuality with a focus on the abiding questions of subjectivity and subjectification, particularly after antihumanism. She draws on the areas of modern and contemporary art history, the history and theory of photography, video, and film, and a range of philosophical and theoretical discourses including psychoanalysis, structuralism, phenomenology, and affect theory.  

Ben Steinfeld Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Ben Steinfeld is an actor, director, writer, part time faculty member  and artistic associate at NYU Gallatin. He is also co-artistic director of the acclaimed Fiasco Theater.  

Pedro Cristiani Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Pedro Cristiani is a director, producer, and screenwriter for film and television. Cristiani wrote the screenplay for the award-winning 1996 feature film Moebius. From 1997 to 2008, he was a prime-time television showrunner, an advertising executive producer, and a story consultant for film and TV studios. His 2009 independent short horror film Man in a Bag won five international film awards and his 2010 feature film Deus Irae won 20 international awards.

Keith Miller Gallatin Adviser of Distinction

Keith Miller is a filmmaker, artist and curator based in Brooklyn, and Curator of the Gallatin Galleries. His most recent feature, Five Star, premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival where it won Best Editing for a Narrative Feature, and went on to win several other awards


Faculty Books

Edited and Co-edited Volumes

Articles and Book Chapters  

  • Anker, Peder. “Jeg har revet varder. Mange av dem.” Harvest Magazine (Summer 2022).
    Anker, Peder  “Greenwashing a Nation.” LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, 15 (Spring 2022): 100-105.
  • Anker, Peder  “Time Landscape,” in Hashim Sarkis and Ala Tannir, eds. Expansions: How Will We Live Together? (Venice: 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 2021): 176-178.
  • Brooks, David. "Budding Bird Blind." Full Bleed: A Journal of Art & Design, 21 (June 2021).
  • Gadberry, Andrea. "Night Thoughts: Am I dizzy, or am I dead?" The Philosopher, vol. 109, no. 4 (Autumn 2021): 28-33.
  • Gadberry, Andrea. “Thinking’s History: Descartes and the Past Tense of Thought,” in Panayiota Vassilopoulou and Daniel Whistler, eds. Thought: A Philosophical History. Routledge, 2021: 135-147.
  • Goldfarb, Lisa, Bart Eeckhout and Gül Bilge Han, “‘And the World Had Worlds’: Stevens’s Ways of Doing and Becoming World Literature” (Introduction to special issue on Stevens and World Literature Part 1), The Wallace Stevens Journal, 46 no. 1 (Spring 2022).
  • Goldfarb, Lisa. “The Phases of this Difference’: Jews, the Figure of the Rabbi, and Hebrew Texts in Stevens’s Poetry,” The Wallace Stevens Journal, 46 no. 1 (Spring 2022).
  • Jones, Shatima J. “A Seat at Our Table." Confluence (2021).
  • Malin, Gwynneth C. "What Is Public and What Is Private in Water Provision: Insights from 19th-Century Philadelphia, Boston, and New York." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science.  18. Oxford University Press.
  • Malnig, Julie.  "Parading the Past, Taming the New: From Ragtime to Rock and Roll," in Clare Parfitt, ed. Cultural Memory and Popular Dance: Dancing to Remember, Dancing to Forget, Palgrave/MacMillan, 2021.
  • Nesiah, Vasuki  “‘A Mad and Melancholy Record’: The Crisis of International Law Histories,” Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law, 11 no. 2 (2021).
  • Nesiah, Vasuki. “A Double Take on Debt: Reparations Claims and Regimes of Visibility in a Politics of Refusal,” Osgoode Hall Law Journal 59:1 (Winter 2022).
  • Satin, Leslie. "Mother Tongue: Dance and Memory, An Autobiographical Excavation," in Clare Parfitt, ed. Cultural Memory and Popular Dance: Dancing to Remember, Dancing to Forget, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021: 61-76.
  • Satin, Leslie, and Claudia Brazzale. "Cell-Out: A Long-Distance Mobile Performance of Scores, Reflections, Confessions." Streetnotes 28 (2021): 68-82.
  • Velasco, Alejandro. “On the Urgency of a Cunning Politics,” Labor: Studies in Working Class History 18, no. 3 (September 2021): 44-49.
  • Velasco, Alejandro. “From ‘Grupos de Trabajo’ to ‘Colectivos’: The Evolution of Armed Pro-Government Groups in the Chávez Era,” Espacio Abierto 31, no. 2 (Apr-June 2022): 103-120. 
  • Velasco, Alejandro. “The Many Faces of Chavismo,” NACLA Report on the Americas 54, no. 1 (Spring 2022): 20-73.
  • Velasco, Alejandro. “All Options on the Table? The United States’ Venezuela Policy Under the Trump Administration,” in Yoletty Bracho and Fabrice Adréani, eds. When the Exception Becomes the Norm: Crisis as an Ordinary Experience in Venezuela. Noria Research, 2021: 57-62.
  • Brooks, David, “GFLK Survey Marker,”  “Floating Orrery Ecosystem Model for the Hamburg Inland Delta,” and “Free River Zone: A Conversation Between David Brooks and Mark Dion,” in Till Krause, ed. Public Notice: THE FREE RIVER ZONE, Galerie für Landschaftskunst, 2021.

Exhibitions, Performances, Productions, and Residencies

  • Kwami Coleman created a guest mix for V I E W P O I N T S, an online radio program hosted by electronic musician Teebs (Brainfeeder Records) on Dublab Radio. Publication of article "Free Jazz and the 'New Thing': Aesthetics, Identity, and Texture, 1960-66" in the Journal of Musicology 38, no. 3 (2021). Co-edited a special volume for the academic journal Jazz and Culture titled "Jazz in the Present Tense."
  • David Brook’s exhibition  "The Free River Zone." was displayed in the Galerie für Landschaftskunst in Berlin, Germany from June 3 - July 2, 2022. 
  • A new production of Kristoffer Diaz’s (BA ’99) Obie award-winning play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity was staged at TheaterSquared in Fayetteville, Arkansas beginning April 2022. His play, Rebecca Oaxaca Lays Down a Bunt, was performed at the Chatauqua Theater Company residency in summer 2021 and was also selected as the UC Irvine student production for March 2022. Diaz also created short online theater pieces for Warehouse Theatre (South Carolina), Hartford Stage Company (Connecticut) and the 24 Hour Play Festival (New York City). 
  • 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” in June 2021.
  • Michael Dinwiddie curated the exhibition “Transformation!” in 2022. This exhibition explored the history of African American Theater from 1821 - 1921 and was on display at the Gallatin Galleries in 2022.
  • Steve Duncombe gave readings from his newest book, The Art of Activism: Your All-Purpose Guide to Making the Impossible Possible (co-written with Steve Lambert), at Elliott Bay Books in Seattle, Washington, Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., and Greenlight Books in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Ayana Evans presented I Just Came Here to Find A Husband ..and Start a Got Damn Revolution, a series of protest projections, on the Nightingale-Brown House at Brown University. Evans also presented A Legacy of Textures and Sun, a performance paired with Anina Major’s piece Haven No.3, during the closing ceremony of the 2021 Socrates Annual: Sanctuary at the Socrates Sculpture Garden. In April, Evans partnered with Brooklyn’s Weeksville Heritage Center for “Cash Rules Everything Around Me: a Career Fair for more than Survival,” at which all employers have pledged not to ask about past incarceration or legal histories of job seekers. The event kicked off a week of video projections in the Weeksville windows, part 2 of I Just Came Here To Find A Husband ...and Start a Got Damn Revolution, where videos of Evans's abstract performances were spliced with statistics on mass incarceration and economic inequalities in New York. Evans participated in the Venice Performance for the  Loophole Of Retreat Symposium Curated by Simone Leigh and Rashida Bumbray in October 2022.
  • Louise Harpman conceived, cast, and was the lead producer for EARTH, HERE | a Climate Action video in honor of Earth Day. April 2021. The BIG WALK is a signature event at Gallatin that Harpman has directed and produced since 2011 and forms a key part of her scholarship profile. The Big Walk 2021 took place on Governors Island. Harpman served as lead producer for Plastic, Eternal, a climate action video in honor of Earth Day in Spring 2022. Haprman also produced WASTED__SPACE | Student Design Installation NYCxDESIGN Global Design NYU funds. WASTED__SPACE.
  • Lanny Harrison was a part of the first Dance Film Festival & Workshop hosted by the Andes Dance Collective in Delaware County, New York in September 2021. She hosted a Dance/Music jam in her barn in upstate NY w/musician Rich Goodhart, summer 2022. Harrison also hosted Back-to-Live! Characters in Motion theater workshops in Westbeth Community Room, Dec & Jan. 2022 -23. Harrison participated in memorial for Pablo Vela at La MaMa Annex in January 2023
  • Exhibition: Michael Dinwiddie, “Transformation!”
  • Kristin Horton directed an Arabic to English workshop reading of Prince of Lies by Lebanese playwright Gisele Njeim and translation by Dima Matta for Noor Theater and the NYUAD Institute. 
  • 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, Maine from April 2021 to September 2021. Joachim also exhibited work developed with Terreform ONE at the Vienna Biennale for Change at the MAK (Museum of Applied Arts) and was featured in the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, 2038 – The New Serenity, at the Venice Biennale.  
  • Nina Katchadourian’s solo exhibition, Cumulus, was on display at Pace Gallery, New York. The exhibition received a long-form review in the May 27, 2021, issue of the New York Times: “Nina Katchadourian’s Eccentric Existentialism.” Katchadourian’s solo exhibition, "To Feel Something That Was Not of Our World,  was on display at The Columbus Museum of Art. Her solo exhibition, "Natural Selection," was on display at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 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
  • Patricia Kim’s exhibition, Shaping the Past, a traveling exhibition, co-curated with Paul Farber was on display at the Goethe-Institutes in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington DC from 2021- 2022. 
  • Additionally, Kim’s Symposium QUEEN: REIMAGINING POWER FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT is an interdisciplinary, virtual symposium hosted by NYU Gallatin on September 23-24, 2021.  Ancient queens established a powerful public presence through visual and material culture, and their legacies continue to shape and impact the ways we express ideas about race, gender, and identity.
  • Eugenia Kisin and Karen Holmberg co-curated the exhibition Contretemps, which was on display at 403 Colonels Row on Governors Island from September to November 2021. Kisin also co-organized the exhibition Courtney M. Leonard - BREACH: Logbook 21 | COLLIDER with Keith Miller at The Gallatin Galleries. 
  • Glenn Kurtz's book, Three Minutes in Poland, is the basis for the documentary film Three Minutes—A Lengthening, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2021 and has screened at the Telluride, Toronto, DOC NYC, and Amsterdam IDFA Film Festivals, among many others. It was an official selection of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and received awards for “Best Documentary” at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and the Dublin International Film Festival.The documentary, which was directed by Bianca Stigter, co-produced by Academy Award-winner Steve McQueen, and narrated by Helena Bonham Carter,  will have its theatrical release in fall 2022.
  • Anabella Lenzu’s 5TH ANNIVERSARY VIRTUAL CELEBRATION highlighted four important dance film works and an intimate interview of Anabella Lenzu by Celia Ipiotis. Five films were screened in over 60 festivals both nationally (TX, MA, LA, NYC, CO, WA, Chicago, CT and NJ), and internationally, including London, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Poland, Serbia, India, Indonesia, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.The films won the following awards: Honorable Mention at Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, (“Out of the Folds of Women”), NYC, US; Indie Fest Colorado Springs, Colorado, US; Honorable Mention at LoudSoulMusic Festival & Dance Movement, (“Out of the Folds of Women”), Belgrade, Serbia; The Top 10 dance films at Florence Dance On Screen (”heart beats”), Italy; Honorable Mention (“Out of the Folds of Women”) at London International Monthly Film Festival, London & BEST SOUND & MUSIC 2021 at Experimental, Dance, Music Film Festival in Los Angeles & Toronto. 
  • Andrew Levitas (BA ’03) exhibited Minamata, an interdisciplinary multimedia project inspired by the postwar photojournalism of W. Eugene Smith, at the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation in Athens from October to November 2021. This included an exhibition of Let Truth be the Prejudice, part of the Minamata project consisting of an art installation with metal sculptures. Levitas also spoke about Minamata at the United Nations Environment Programme’s Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-4) and at the European Commission’s EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability event.
  • In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Eiko Otake (MA ’07) performed “Slow Turn” in Battery Park City, a new piece that centers on Otake’s memories of that day and its aftermath. Distance is Malleable, a new cross-disciplinary performance Otake created, was staged at NYU’s Skirball Center in April 2022.
  • Singing Saw Press, co-founded by Allyson Paty, published the art book Redolent. The book was exhibited at Elder Gallery at Wesleyan University in Spring 2022. 
  • Judith Sloan’s It Can Happen Here was staged at the Queens Theatre in October 2021. 
  • Across the Atlantic from America, a pop-up concert by Ben Steinfeld and Fiona Tyndall, was organized by the Princeton Public Library in August 2021.
  • Lauren Walsh co-curated the exhibit Conversations on Conflict Photography, which was on display at the Southeast Museum of Photography from August to December 2021.  Walsh led a media literacy initiative in Bosnia, aimed to high school and college age
  • Zahia Rahmani’s exhibition Seismography of Struggles - Towards a Global History of Critical and Cultural Journals was displayed at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh from September 24, 2022 - April 2, 2023, as part of the 58th Carnegie International. The exhibition was also on display in MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art, Study Center (CED) in Barcelona from June 9 - September 25, 2022.  

 Grants, Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

  • Nancy Agabian won a Jeanne Cordova Prize for Queer/Lesbian Nonfiction from Lambda Literary in August of 2021.
  • María Cabrera Arús was awarded a 2021 Digital Humanities Seed Grant from NYU’s Center for the Humanities.
  • Lisa Daily was awarded the 2021 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award from the Cultural Studies Association. 
  • Subah Dayal was a 2021 Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, where she conducted research on “The Household State: Family and Empire in the Early Modern Indian Ocean.”
  • Paula Chakravartty was 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. 
  • Michael Dinwiddie received the  "Spirit of Detroit" Award, City of Detroit, 2022. 
  • In 2022, Michael Dinwiddie was honored by the Black Liberated Arts Center (BLAC Inc.) and received a Playwriting Award. 
  • Stephen Duncombe was a Research Grant Assessor for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in 2022. 
  • Stephen Duncombe was the invited keynote speaker for the Grasp Festival for New Ideas at Roskilde University/the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark in November 2021; his lecture was entitled “Utopian Methodology for Turbulent Times.”
  • Ayana Evans was awarded the 2022 Chamberlain Award by the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. The Award supports artists employing non-traditional media to creatively engage with social concerns. Evans served as an artist-in-residence in summer 2022.
  • Rosalind Fredericks was awarded a $20,000 Green Grant from the NYU Office of Sustainability to support Discard Studies programming.
  • Lise Friedman was awarded a ​​2022 Individual Artists production grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for a film created in collaboration with Maia Wechsler and Marco Williams about equity in the ballet world.
  • Louise Harpman received the Anti - Racism Micro Grant from NYU’s Office of Global Inclusion in Spring 2021. 
  • Stepmotherland (Notre Dame Press, 2022), the first full-length poetry collection from Darrel Alejandro Holnes, was recognized with the 2022 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. Holnes’ play, Black Feminist Video Game, won an Anthem Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Special Projects category. Holnes also received a Build and Broaden Grant from the National Science Foundation for his research and community engagement work in Central Brooklyn. Holnes received a Brooklyn Arts Council grant for his project Noche Bayano.
  • Mitchell Joachim won the Red Dot Award for Design Concept: Best of the Best Award from the American Museum of Natural History for his butterfly feeder concept. Joachim also won an organization grant from the New York Council of the Arts to support Terreform ONE. 
  • Patricia Eunji Kim was awarded a 2021 Faculty Innovation and Anti-Racism Microgrant from the NYU Office of the Provost and the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation.
  • Anabella  Lenzu received the Innovative Dance Educator by NYSDEA (The New York State Dance Education Association, affiliated with the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and is recognized by the New York State Department of Education), acknowledging her work as a dance educator who develops innovative pedagogy in the dance field, with an established record of exemplary leadership and groundbreaking teachings that have a significant impact on dance.
  • Rosalind Fredericks gave the keynote lecture at the Southeast Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS) at the College of Charleston in October 2021; her lecture was entitled “Uncanny Exposures: Embodied Infrastructures and Toxic Solidarities at Dakar’s Dump.” 
  • Eugenia Kisin was co-principal investigator for a grant received from the Mellon Foundation to support the Sawyer Seminar, “Indigenous Futures in Times of Crisis.”  
  • Across the Margin included Carly A. Krakow’s short story “Pitter-Patter” in its “The Best of Fiction 2021” list. She was also awarded a Modern Law Review Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Eve Meltzer was awarded an NYU Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year to complete her book manuscript, Not Me, Mine, Ours: Belonging and Psychic Life After Photography (under contract with University of Chicago Press).
  • Vasuki Nesiah was named a 2022 Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor
  • Sophia Roosth was appointed the 2020 Max Planck Sabbatical Award Laureate which will support her research into how earth scientists learn to think about geological time. 
  • Leslie Satin received the Gallatin Jewish Studies Grant for 2021-2022.
  • Judith Sloan received the Artist Commission for Theatre, 2022 New York award from the New York State Council on the Arts to support a theater/music project on the climate crisis entitled This is Not A Drill, in collaboration with Andrew Griffin, the composer/violist most recently seen in Ain't Too Proud on Broadway. Sloan was also awarded a City Artist Corps Grant in 2021 for performance. Through the non-profit EarSay that Sloan co-founded, she also received funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. 
  • Matthew Stanley’s Einstein’s War (Dutton, 2019) was awarded the Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize from the History of Science Society for the best book intended for a general audience.
  • Jim Tolisano was named the lead advisor to the African Wildlife Foundation for the development of a pan-Africa Protected Areas Conservation Trust (A-PACT).
  • Zahia Rahmani received the Albertine Book Prize in 2020 for her book “Muslim”, A Novel.


  • As part of their acclaimed speaker series, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, presented “The Future of Art/Science: Teaching in the Living Laboratory” on February 17, 2022. Speakers included Cyd Cipolla, Associate Director of STAC and Administrative Director of the Gallatin WetLab; Karen Holmberg, Scientific Director of the Gallatin WetLab; Eugenia Kisin, Artistic Director of the Gallatin WetLab; and Troy Gibbs-Brown (BA '22), Annick Saralegui (BA '21), and Blair Simmons (MA '19).
  • Kimberly DaCosta (NYU Gallatin) and Miriam Nyhan Grey (Glucksman Ireland House) organized “Where Do We Go From Here? Revisiting Black Irish Relations,” a conference about global intersections of the African and Irish diasporas, held online in November 2021. DaCosta delivered "How the Irish Became Black: Origin Stories, Genealogies and a Useable Past." DaCosta and Grey interviewed Ruth Negga, lead actor in Loving (2016) and Passing (2021); Fionnghuala ("Fig") O'Reilly, engineer and Miss Universe 2019; historian Sir Hilary Beckles, and author Emma Dabiri. NYU Provost Katherine E. Fleming opened the conference, which also included Gallatin faculty member Millery Polyné.