BA Candidate - Critical Theory and Sociology
Originally from an Orthodox Jewish community in Skokie, Illinois, Joseph came to Gallatin with a strong interest in interrogating social structures and historical formations. With the help of his adviser, Kimberly DaCosta, he has shaped his concentration around Critical Theory and Sociology with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies, drawing on a combination of classical social theory, Marxist critique, and queer and feminist epistemologies.
Much of his coursework is split between the Gallatin School and CAS’s Departments of Sociology and Social and Cultural Analysis. With a particular interest in cultural sociology, Joseph has greatly benefitted from Gallatin’s—and NYU’s—ethos of radical critique.
Joseph spent a semester abroad at NYU London in 2017 and more recently travelled to New Zealand through the Dean’s Honor Society and will travel with them to Portugal during the coming academic year. Joseph was awarded both the Dean’s Award for Summer Research and the Jewish Studies Grant, which helped him complete two projects: “Canopy of Peace?: Israeli Afforestation, Ecological Transformation, and the Roots of Memory” in the Judaean Hills of Israel/Palestine, and “The Sociocultural Praxis of Dressing Jewish: A Critical Phenomenology of Material Culture” in Hasidic Brooklyn.
His academic experiences have motivated his plans to pursue a doctorate in sociology after graduating. Outside of academic pursuits, Joseph works as a supervisor for the Admission Ambassador program at NYU's Office of Undergraduate Admissions, serves on the Gallatin Dean’s Team for Recruitment, and edits the Compass Research Journal and Gallatin Review. He also volunteers at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center. Joseph enjoys being confused with his twin brother Ben, who is also a senior at Gallatin.