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2020 Graduation Awardees

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School Banner Bearer – Sean Oh

Sean studied the interdisciplinary relations between international law, politics, development, economics, and intra/inter state dynamics. He was born in South Korea and has lived most of his life in Los Angeles. His immigrant experience, from threat of deportation to displacement, as well as his fascination with racial politics and law, has inspired his concentration and desire to attend law school. He is serving his second year as the President of Gallatin’s Student Council. Through 2019, Sean was a Gallatin Global Human Rights Fellow and advocated for immigrant rights through his project in Los Angeles, working primarily on asylum cases for undocumented individuals. In 2018, he was also the recipient of the Gallatin China Summer Scholarship and spent his summer at NYU Shanghai, taking classes and immersing himself in Chinese culture.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Representative – Elizabeth Cheshire

Elizabeth built a concentration around the theme of Language and Power, with a minor in Linguistics. She was editor-in-chief of the 18th volume of The Literacy Review, has worked as a writing mentor at the High School of Dual Language and Asian Studies through Gallatin’s Literacy Project, and is the co-founder of the Gallatin Law Society. By working at the intersection of linguistics and law, Lizzy hopes to understand and address the ways that discrimination is enacted through language. With a Dean’s Award for Summer Research grant, she investigated the linguistic barriers to understanding court proceedings in Manhattan arraignments. After graduating from Gallatin, she plans to pursue graduate study in linguistics and to attend law school in order to continue her interdisciplinary work.

Master of Arts Degree Representative – Rachael Mattson

Rachael Gallatin’s MA concentration is Political Ecology of Urban Infrastructures. She worked as a graduate research assistant on Rosalind Fredericks’s NSF-funded project on the politics of discard infrastructure in Dakar, Senegal. Through her research assistantship, the Horn Fund for Environmental Research, along with Gallatin’s Global Human Rights Fellowship and Research Scholars programs, Rachael conducted ethnographic research with informal recyclers at Dakar’s garbage dump and interned with Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing. During her two years at Gallatin, she also interned with NYU’s Discard Studies Collaborative. Her research brings together feminist political ecology, critical infrastructure studies, and discard studies to offer insight into the politics of informal recycling labor and its value. After graduation, Rachael hopes to continue her research by applying for a Fulbright Scholarship and eventually pursuing a PhD in geography.

Richard J. Koppenaal Award for Distinguished Interdisciplinary Study – Paris Reid

Paris developed the concentration Container Technologies: Meta-morphologies of the Container, and minored in Studio Art. She considered material and conceptual modes of holding, carrying, enclosure, and preservation, including their transformative faculties, associated affects, and ostensible opposites: “failures” or impossibilities, of containment. Paris is also the recipient of a Dean’s Award for Graduating Seniors, which she intends to use to compose a chapbook issuing from research into the lives of Beguines and anchoresses. In addition to undertaking this project, Paris hopes after graduation to revisit sites of her childhood in Canada, read, and prepare for postgraduate studies.

Richard J. Koppenaal Award for Distinguished Interdisciplinary Study – Furqan Sayeed

While at Gallatin, Furqan pursued the concentration Deconstructing Colonial Narratives as well as a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Bringing together the disciplines of postcolonial theory, media and narrative studies, and history, his writing considers the legacy of the European Enlightenment tradition and the resultant contradictions and surrealism embedded within postcoloniality. In his two years at Gallatin, Furqan made the Dean’s list twice, joined the Dean’s Honors Society, and was published in Confluence four times. He also participated in the Great World Texts Program and the Writing Mentorship program, and interned at the NYU Press for nearly two years. Furqan hopes to continue writing after graduation. 

BA Award Recipients to be Presented at Award Ceremony

Student Speaker – Lauren Stockmon Brown

While at Gallatin, Lauren formulated the concentration Political Theory, Media Studies, and minored in French Language and Culture; her thesis analyzed the creation of one’s cultural and social identity as a tool to discuss the development of self in spaces of dissonance. She has worked as a writer at the Black Gotham Experience and a podcaster when founding the My Colorful Nana Project, which she will continue as a Fulbright Scholar in Senegal after graduation.

Student Performer – Saransh Desai-Chowdhry

Saransh is a Los Angeles-born creative marketer, critical writer, and classically-trained musician. His Gallatin concentration, Cultural Entrepreneurship, explored the synthesis of commercial development and social productivity through marketing, sociology, data science, criticism, musicology, and cultural analysis. He minored in French and spent an immersive semester away in Paris as a junior. On campus, Saransh served as an Admissions Ambassador, 4th Wave Music Fellow, LinkedIn Campus Editor, Americas Scholar, and Director of Marketing for the Gallatin Business Society. Following several internships in the entertainment industry, he currently works as the College & Lifestyle Marketing Representative for The Orchard of Sony Music in NYC. His first book, a collection of essays analyzing the modern music ecosystem, will be published in late 2020.

Léo Bronstein Homage Award - Undergraduate Level – Ingrid Amelia Apgar

Ingrid spent her time at Gallatin piecing together and taking apart a concentration that came to be known as Fragile Bodies, Transient Matter(s), as well as earning a minor in Mathematics. As a student audiovisual technician in The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, Ingrid was reunited with an old passion, technical theater, and came into a new one: circus rigging. She would like to thank the Labowitz family, Gallatin’s 7th and 8th-floor dwellers, Professor Eugenia Kisin, the STAC program, and the Dancers/Choreographers Alliance for their continuous support and care. With a post-graduation job with international company ZFX Flying Effects on hold due to the pandemic, Ingrid looks forward to rebuilding New York City’s circus and nightlife scene when it is safe to do so.

Léo Bronstein Homage Award - Undergraduate Level – Katherine Bovenzi

During her time at Gallatin, Katherine studied Grotesque Art and Literature. Her investigations of the cast-off took special interest in the writings of Julia Kristeva, Georges Bataille, and Marquis de Sade. In the coming fall, Katherine will attend Columbia University for a Masters of Fine Arts in Prose.

Léo Bronstein Homage Award - Undergraduate Level – Ryan Waller

Ryan pursued a concentration in Multimedia Arts Production and Management, aiming to understand the intersection of cultural production and political awareness. He has worked at Abrons Arts Center and Visit Films, and plans to study ethnomusicology after graduation.

Special Service – Jakiyah Bradley

Jakiyah crafted the concentration Urban Policy and Social Change with a minor in Social & Public Policy from Wagner. Last year, she was a recipient of a Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice and chose to intern at Each One Teach One e.V. in Berlin, Germany, where she conducted research at the intersection of memory culture, decolonization, and toponym in Berlin’s Afrikanisches Viertel (African Quarter) neighborhood. Inspired by her experiences, she applied for a Fulbright research grant to Namibia and was named an alternate candidate. Jakiyah is an Americas Scholar and, since her junior year, has served as a Senator at-Large on NYU Student Government Assembly (SGA) representing Black students and students experiencing food insecurity. This year, she had the pleasure of serving as SGA’s Chairperson, representing the needs of all NYU students. Post graduation, she plans to review her job offers and apply for law school.

Special Service – Gabrielle Buchanan

Gabrielle developed a concentration focused on Race, Inequality, and Storytelling; her senior colloquium analyzed the reconstruction of historical narratives and their effects on the American Legal System. Gabrielle has been an active member of the Gallatin Student Council, holding the position as Class President for four years. During her Junior year, she co-founded the Gallatin Law Society, a club designed for students interested in incorporating law in their concentrations. She has worked as an office assistant at New York University’s School of Law Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law and has interned at the Legal Aid Society for two semesters. After graduation, Gabrielle plans to attend law school and become a public defender.

Clyde Taylor Award for Distinguished Work in African American and Africana Studies – Bryanna Gary

Bryanna completed a concentration in the Concept of Otherness in Speculative Fiction, studying the intersection between sci-fi/fantasy and political commentary with a focus on society’s perception of the Other. She worked as a student mentor for Gallatin’s Great World Texts Program, a member of Dean’s Team, and interned at literary agencies, publishing houses, and PR agencies, including the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency, Open Road Integrated Media, Haymaker Group, B/HI, and Simon & Schuster. She hopes to find a job as an editorial assistant at a publishing house when she graduates.

Clyde Taylor Award for Distinguished Work in African American and Africana Studies – Fatima C Julien

As a student at NYU, Fatima was first and foremost interested in studying, understanding and bringing light to her home country of Haiti. Born and raised on the island, Haiti has and always will have an influence on how she not only expresses herself but interacts with the world. Fatima hopes to dedicate her life to creating and producing content dedicated to changing the narrative about blackness in both the US and worldwide, and she looks forward to being able to continue incorporating the magic that remains on the island into her work. At Gallatin, it was this love for home that inspired her to develop her concentration, the Global Repercussions of Narrative, and she hopes to continue to study and delve into the ways in which media and mediated portrayals of the world, race and people over time have influenced and continue to influence international relations and laws.

e. Frances White Award – Nora Thompson

Nora concentrated in Postcolonial Conceptions of Race, Gender, and Trauma and conducted her colloquium on the relationship between US feminist movements and the prison industrial complex. She focused her senior project on power, consent, and sexual assault on college campuses, examining how transformative justice can be implemented to promote healing through Title IX. Nora also minored in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies and throughout her time at NYU has volunteered with children from toddlers to high school students. She twice served as a peer mentor for NYU’s service oriented orientation program, Project Outreach, and worked at Housing Works Bookstore Café, part of the nonprofit with a mission to combat HIV/AIDS and homelessness. Currently, Nora organizes for Court Watch NYC, an abolitionist group engaged in prosecutorial organizing, and interns at Sanctuary for Families helping to provide legal support to survivors of gender-based violence.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Julianna Drew Bjorksten

Julianna crafted her concentration around literary theory and media studies, looking specifically to post-structuralist thinkers to interrogate the relationship between form and meaning across various mediums, while also minoring in art history. She has been involved in several student publications such as Compass, Embodied, and Washington Square News and is currently a contributing writer for the art magazine Whitewall. She hopes to continue her writing career after graduation, and later to pursue an MFA.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Samantha Brooks

Samantha’s concentration, The Ideal Narrative: Fiction, Film, and Performance, explored the interdisciplinary nature of acting, writing, and filmmaking. She also minored in Creative Writing, studying fiction through the College of Arts and Sciences and writing for film and television at Gallatin, where she wrote two original television pilots. While an undergraduate, she acted in several independent films, and also wrote and directed a short film. After graduation, she plans to continue acting, directing, and expanding upon the stories and teleplays she began while at Gallatin.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Echo Chen

Echo developed her concentration, The Construction and Protection of Home, while also minoring in French. Her studies looked at the concepts of belonging and finding home in a modern, globalized world, and protecting home through environmental justice. As an undergrad, she co-founded a sustainable hospitality products start-up,, which has a mission for environmental education and advocacy, alongside three other NYU students. She is also the Creative Director on the founding team at [gather], a women’s organization that brings women of different backgrounds into the community to dive into deeper conversation and spread radical love. After graduation, she will spend time building her creative practice, working with people to tell compelling stories visually, and she hopes to pursue a PhD in urban geography in the coming years.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Saransh Desai-Chowdhry

Saransh is a Los Angeles-born creative marketer, critical writer and classically-trained musician. His Gallatin concentration, Cultural Entrepreneurship, explored the synthesis of commercial development and social productivity through marketing, sociology, data science, criticism, musicology, and cultural analysis. He minored in French and spent an immersive semester away in Paris as a junior. On campus, Saransh served as an Admissions Ambassador, 4th Wave Music Fellow, LinkedIn Campus Editor, Americas Scholar and Director of Marketing of the Gallatin Business Society. Following several internships in the entertainment industry, he currently works as the College & Lifestyle Marketing Representative for The Orchard of Sony Music in NYC. His first book, a collection of essays analyzing the modern music ecosystem, will be published in late 2020.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Shanti Escalante

Shanti is a first-gen student who concentrated in Anthropology, Environmental Humanities and Nonfiction Writing at Gallatin. The aim of her research has been to understand the collapse of Earth’s habitability by exploring the limits and creative possibilities embedded in social structures, knowledge production, and body-based sensory realities. Shanti has been awarded several grants from Gallatin to conduct research on the agricultural community in the Hamptons which has culminated in her senior thesis: How Elites Make Landscapes. Shanti will be returning to Long Island this summer to continue farming.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Tia Glista

Tia concentrated in Intersectional Feminist Image-making and Cultural Criticism with a minor in Art History. Her studies investigated how feminists can take advantage of art, film, literature, and rhetoric to imagine inclusive and radical movements, merging ideas from gender theory, postcolonial theory, visual studies, museum studies, and creative writing. While pursuing her degree, Tia also worked and interned at Vogue magazine, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and NYU Press, wrote criticism about New York-based art shows and film festivals, and directed several dance films. Since graduating in January 2020, Tia has been writing for global arts and culture magazines, tutoring English students, and preparing to begin an MA in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Laurent Guichard

While at Gallatin, Laurent designed the concentration Alternative Historical Narratives. His thesis combined several disciplines with the purpose of understanding the way narratives have been used to create power structures throughout time. He has done work as a research assistant and looks forward to the endless possibilities that await him post-graduation.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Madison Kelts

Throughout their time at Gallatin, Madison worked as an America Reads/Counts tutor at PS 20, and student taught at Brooklyn Preparatory High School and the University Settlement Society through the Gallatin Writing Program. Their interest in cultural products generated by grassroots political movements led Madison to coursework in postcolonial theory, black queer theory, creative writing, and sculpture, and to participate in NYU student activism. Madison will work at The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s summer camp, The Hive, after graduation.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Nicolas LeBrun

While at Gallatin, Nicolas’s studies concerned the way communication is expressed in visual forms. His junior year, he participated in the Great World Texts Program and later studied abroad at NYU London. He has worked as a classroom assistant at America Reads and as a writer for the NYU IT Department’s website. He was also the president of a sketch comedy group where he wrote and performed in monthly shows.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Alexia Leclercq

Alexia’s concentration, The Politics and Economics of Inequality, explores the lasting effects of colonialism and how forms of structural oppression are perpetuated, and her thesis focuses on the effects of neoliberalism and the Gilet Jaunes Movement in France. She has started a non-profit that seeks to bring social and environmental justice education into classrooms, worked as a volunteer translator for the New Sanctuary Coalition, worked at an immigration law firm, and an environmental justice non-profit. After graduation she intends to work in the environmental justice policy field before going to law school.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Gillian Leeds

Gillian forged a concentration at Gallatin to understand the relationship between language and economics. She minored in economic policy and completed extensive coursework in the German and Spanish Departments, spending two semesters abroad in Berlin and Madrid. She interned at a translations tech firm as well as various cultural institutions throughout her time at NYU. Gillian was awarded competitive national and international grants to complete a postgraduate education in the EU, where she will continue to investigate translinguistic patterns of human behavior.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Phillip S Mahony

Astoria-born Phillip came to college to read, and at Gallatin he certainly did. He was taught by Professors Goldfarb, Nicholls, Wofford, Peachin, and Sieburth—they removed the blinkers. With their help he read his way into a concentration Poetry and Autobiography. Together with his teachers, he worked to prove a remark made somewhere out of the Roman Quintilian: "If you're singing, you're singing badly; if you're reading, you are singing." All's to them for blame and thanks!

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Elinor New

Ellie is a producer, curator, and dancer from Vermont’s Mad River Valley. Her concentration, Art for Our Sake, engaged cultural criticism, public policy, nonprofit administration, and curatorial practice to examine the role of arts institutions in historical and contemporary contexts. She also earned a minor in Arts Politics from the Department of Art and Public Policy, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Ellie’s senior project—an exhibition proposal “Knowing the Way to Tomorrow”—unites contemporary women artists’s voices on climate crises, linking her concentration with her parallel interest in environmental and activist art practices. She participated in Gallatin’s Dancers/Choreographers Alliance and was a producer for the 2019 Gallatin Arts Festival. Building on her experience producing interdisciplinary arts events and working in nonprofit theaters and foundations, she plans to pursue a career in curation, performance, and environmental justice.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Jasper Rosenheim

Jasper is a senior from Western Massachusetts who is graduating from Gallatin with a concentration in culinary anthropology and the foodways of the United States. He loves to cook and worked in restaurants until they all closed. He hopes to return to that world but is currently forced to settle for his quarantine kitchen. He wants to give a special shout out to Nina, Paul, Sara, Cass, Shawn, Helena, and DJ.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Stephanie Rountree

During her time at Gallatin, Stephanie developed the concentration A Dying Algorithm: Visions of Decolonization through Systems and Circuits, which examined the overlap between the infrastructures of digital technology, knowledge production, colonization and revolutionary futures. In addition to serving as a racial justice campaign intern for and working in candidate development for Brand New Congress, she was a Gallatin Global Fellow in Urban Practice at the Right to the City Alliance, where her research focused on Baltimore’s legacy of discriminatory housing policies, as well as using data to map current trends in the US land and housing movement. She is currently the Data Coordinator for New Florida Majority.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Lauren Stockmon Brown

While at Gallatin, Lauren formulated the concentration Political Theory, Media Studies, and minored in French Language and Culture; her thesis analyzed the creation of one’s cultural and social identity as a tool to discuss the development of self in spaces of dissonance. She has worked as a writer at the Black Gotham Experience and a podcaster when founding the My Colorful Nana Project, which she will continue as a Fulbright Scholar in Senegal after graduation.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Schyler Tullis

While at Gallatin, Schyler formulated a concentration in Science, Technology, and Society studies and Philosophy of Science, with a minor in psychology. Her senior project was a hybrid of research and creative work that investigated how different forms of technology, old and new, govern the relationship between the physical and nonphysical. She has worked as a research assistant for both Gallatin history of science faculty and NYU’s Motivation Lab. She also completed an internship on the research team of The Future Project, a New York based nonprofit.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Anna Van Dine

Anna’s concentration is called The Act of Listening. She spends a lot of time thinking about what it means to bring a person, a place, or a story to someone’s ears. She also does just that: Anna just began a job as a reporter at Vermont Public Radio, where she was an intern in 2019. Prior to that, she interned at StoryCorps and the Vermont Folklife Center. She also served as News Director of NYU’s student-run radio station, WNYU (join college radio!).

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Tianmo Wang

While at Gallatin, Tianmo concentrated in Critical Theory, focusing primarily on the French tradition. She’s especially interested in the traveling of theory in the time of global capitalism, and the perversion of theoretical significations when theory travels to a different historical context. When theory travels, theory—the “original“ body of texts, is usually taken to various and often surprising ends, rejuvenating the critical force of theory, testifying to the multiplicity of varying degrees of reality in globalization, and the multiplicity within theory as well. Her thesis analyzed the reception of Michel Foucault in China in the 90s.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Benjamin Kaplan Weinger

While at Gallatin, Ben formulated a concentration in Critical Human Geography and Political Ecology, and minored in Environmental Studies. Their thesis analyzed discursive politics and imaginative geographies of climate planning. After graduation, Ben will begin their doctoral studies in Geography this fall at the University of California, Los Angeles as a National Science Foundation fellow.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Joseph Kaplan Weinger

At Gallatin, Joseph crafted a concentration in Sociology and Critical Theory and minored in Gender and Sexuality Studies. His thesis explored the ideology of rootedness as it is instantiated in Zionist political afforestation. He has travelled with the Dean’s Honor Society to Aotearoa/New Zealand, and completed fieldwork in Israel/Palestine and Brooklyn, New York, through the Jewish Studies Grant, Dean's Award for Summer Research, and Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund. Following graduation, Joseph will begin his PhD studies in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Alumnae/Alumni/Alumna Award – Alvaro Luken

While at Gallatin, Alvaro studied Computer Science and Sustainable Urban Development; his thesis analyzed structures of power in relation to building cities with sustainable waste management practices and policies. Heavily involved with the initiation of STAC 746, Gallatin’s first-ever makerspace, Alvaro developed a passion for 3D printing and design. Through his coursework and research, he also became passionate about composting and waste as an object of study. Hailing from Tijuana, Mexico, Alvaro is a musician, actor, and designer. He was an RA at Lipton Hall, worked as a Language Program Assistant at Deutsches Haus at NYU, interned at the Lower East Side Ecology Center, founded Blockchain Lab @ NYU, received multiple research awards and will be a software developer at General Motors after graduation. He can't thank his Gallatin professors and classmates enough for all they have done for him throughout his years at NYU.

Alumnae/Alumni/Alumna Award – Sophie Walker

While at Gallatin, Sophie developed the concentration Access, Structural Inequality, and the Production of Narrative with a minor in Disability Studies from Steinhardt. She interned in a variety of educational settings through the Gallatin Writing Program, including High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies, Brooklyn Preparatory High School, and University Settlement. As a 2019 Gallatin Global Fellow, Sophie interned with Court Watch NYC and VOCAL-NY. Since 2018 she has been a member of New Sanctuary Coalition, and a court-appointed special advocate in Queens family court with CASA NYC. She is grateful for the wonderful students, peers, professors, and mentors she has learned from and with during her time at Gallatin. Sophie looks forward to her ongoing education and continuing to learn and work in educational settings.

MA Award Recipients to be presented at Award Ceremony

Léo Bronstein Homage Award - Graduate Level – Aine E Nakamura

Singer, composer, and performing artist Aine created her idiosyncratic performance grammar of voice and body through her MA project, which ponders the genesis of a work of spirituality and sensibility. She studied rituals and ritualistic songs by women in Okinawa and Yaeyama and their orality. She was supported by a Dean’s Award for Summer Research grant, the Dean’s Conference Fund, the C.V. Starr Fund of Asian/Pacific/American Institute, a Siff Grant, and the Japanese American Citizens League. Performances of her compositions include NYCEMF, Dias de Música Electroacústica, and the October New Music Festival in Finland. Other appearances include The Two directed by Dmitry Krymov. Winner of the APNM 2019 Electronic Music Competition. She trained in Okinawan traditional music, and Jazz voice and composition at the Jazz School of the New School. BA from Jochi University. Concentration: music composition, performance, orality, arts politics, music therapy, feminist study.

Special Service – Colleigh Stein

Colleigh completed her BA at Gallatin in 2015 with the concentration The Adaptation of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Literature for Film & Television. In 2018, Colleigh returned to Gallatin as a Dean’s Graduate Scholar in the Humanities to receive her MA in Popular Culture and Fan Studies. Her concentration centers around science fiction, fantasy, and mythology and uses literature, media studies, and fan studies to investigate both the tensions and correlations between professional and fan authorship. Her MA thesis investigates the role of fandom in negotiating authorship and canonicity in Game of Thrones and in Harry Potter. Prior to returning to NYU for her Master’s, Colleigh worked in film marketing for Universal Pictures in Los Angeles. Outside of the University, Colleigh has presented her work at the Popular Culture Association’s international and national conferences in Reykjavík, Iceland; Seattle, Washington; San Diego, California; and Washington, DC.

Clyde Taylor Award for Distinguished Work in African American and Africana Studies – Ramon W Johnson

Ramon is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher with roots in Ellenwood, Georgia. They received their BA in Sociology from Morehouse College and completed their MA in Black Queer Studies at Gallatin. Much of Ramon’s work explores Black LGBTQ+ institutional politics, anti-fatness, and gender. During their time at Gallatin, they received the Richard J. Koppenaal Award for Academic Excellence, Gallatin's highest academic honor. Ramon has had his work published in the Black Youth Project and has a forthcoming publication in the Journal of College Student Development/About Campus.

e. Frances White Award – Lizette Terry

Lizette received her BA from Spelman College in 2017 and completed her MA in Black Feminist Visual Cultural Studies at Gallatin. Her thesis, From Our Mothers’ Garden: A Framework for Exploring Black Women’s Artistic Looking Practices, navigates the critical significance of naming and honing the artistic and intellectual tradition(s) of Black women in the US. During her time at Gallatin, Lizette became a member of the Dean’s Team and was selected as a Social Sector Leadership Diversity Fellow. Most recently, she was chosen to join a cohort of six other NYU students and alumni to embark on her screenwriting and film endeavors with NYU’s Production Lab Screenwriting Development Studio. Lizette’s goal is to become a film Director and a media studies educator in the social sector where she is able to co-create space for communities of color to cultivate the gifts of the next generation of artivists.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Ross Edwards

Ross received a BM from NYU’s Jazz Performance Program in 2010 and spent several years as a professional musician and teacher. In 2017, he returned to NYU to receive an MA from Gallatin, studying the intersection of religion, philosophy, and literature, focusing specifically on a reading of non-Cartesian selfhood in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Ross spoke at 2019’s Gallatin Systems Conference on the challenge horror films present to totalizing systems and was scheduled to speak at three more conferences in 2020, all on topics combining narrative analysis with topics in religious philosophy. Ross currently works in sponsored research at NYU's Courant Institute and is excited to continue his studies in Fall 2020 at New School's philosophy program.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Viktoria Pashtriku

Born and raised in New York City, Viktoria received her BA in Literature, Language, and Criticism and Philosophy, Politics, and Society from Hunter College. She builds on her diverse educational background at Gallatin where she examined the collective memories of post-conflict spaces, the role of women in the transitional justice process, and the utilization of art, architecture, literature, and film as tools of controlling or disrupting narratives. Her thesis considers the ways women’s stories of wartime sexual violence are evolving the collective memory of postwar Kosovo. As a 2019 Gallatin Global Fellow in Human Rights, Viktoria spent a summer in Kosovo conducting research for her thesis and exploring the ways women’s voices encourage Kosovo’s public to openly discuss the topic of wartime sexual violence. Following graduation, she plans to pursue her research at the doctorate level.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Patrick Scorese

Patrick received his BA from Muhlenberg College and completed his MA at Gallatin. His work, supported by the Gallatin Student Resource Fund, studies the application of live performance as means of historiographic research. He has performed original works at theaters, museums, galleries, bars, parks, and street corners throughout New York City. A collaboration with his partner, Allison Brzezinski, was published in Emergency INDEX. His own writing has been featured in Ex Nunc, the Clyde Fitch Report, Cultbytes Magazine, Culturebot, and others. Patrick also serves as the associate director of education at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) in Queens. He intends to continue testing the limits of the methodology for an embodied historiography that he developed at Gallatin.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Isaac Slone

Isaac is a two-time Gallatin alumni, who returned after completing his undergraduate degree to work on a master’s thesis with Bradley Lewis. Isaac’s MA thesis considers developments and challenges in contemporary psychoanalysis, approaches to understanding psychoanalytic technique as framed by performance studies, and the ways in which these fields can continue to inform each other. Isaac came to performance studies after writing about intersubjective illumination, self-inquiry, and fan practices. He writes and lectures on James Joyce and Bob Dylan, and the rock bands the Grateful Dead and Phish. After leaving Gallatin, Isaac will undergo institute training in psychoanalysis.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence – Morghan P Williams

Morghan earned her BA in Art History, Visual Arts, and Africana Studies from Sarah Lawrence College. During her time as an undergraduate student, she studied abroad in London for an academic year and attended Central Saint Martins and Queen Mary University of London. Morghan received her MA in Visual Arts Administration and Africana Studies from Gallatin. During her time at Gallatin, she served as a member of the NYU Grey Art Gallery Student Friends Committee, a member of the Graduate Dean’s Team, and completed an external curatorial internship at K.Caraccio Printing Studio. Morghan is invested in communicating personal and collective experience through visual arts and examining the ways in which various artists across the African diaspora have conveyed themes related to racism, identity, and sexuality. After graduating from NYU, Morghan will pursue a career as a curator with an interest in non-profit organizations and artist-run spaces.

Alumnae/Alumni/Alumna Award – Teka Nicholas

Teka received her BS in Fashion and Retail Management from The Art Institute of San Antonio and completed her MA in Sustainable Futures at Gallatin while studying the sociocultural influences behind the sustainability movement, with a focus on how race, class, and culture shape the way we view and practice sustainability. During her time at Gallatin, she completed several short studies on sustainability and inclusion and environmentalism as resistance, and was honored with an award from the Horn Family Fund for Environmental Studies.

Masters Thesis Award
To be announced 


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