Alex Aleinikoff is University Professor, and has served as Director of the Zolberg Institute since January 2017. He received a JD from the Yale Law School and a BA from Swarthmore College. Alex has written widely in the areas of immigration and refugee law and policy, transnational law, citizenship, race, and constitutional law. He is at work on a book tentatively titled, The Arc of Protection: Reforming the International Refugee Regime. His book Semblances of Sovereignty: The Constitution, the State, and American Citizenship was published by Harvard University Press in 2002. Alex is a co-author of leading legal casebooks on immigration law and forced migration.
Before coming to The New School, Alex served as United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees (2010–15) and was a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he also served as dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University. He was co-chair of the Immigration Task Force for President Barack Obama’s transition team in 2008. From 1994 to 1997, he served as the general counsel, and then executive associate commissioner for programs, at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Alex was inducted into the American Academy of Arts of Sciences in 2014.
Alexandra Délano Alonso is Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies at The New School and the current holder of the Eugene M. Lang Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. She received her doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on diaspora policies, transnational relationships between states and migrants, and the politics of memory in relation to borders, violence and migration.
She is the author of From Here and There: Diaspora Policies, Integration and Social Rights beyond Borders (Oxford University Press, 2018). Her book Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Policies of Emigration since 1848 (Cambridge University Press, 2011) was the co-winner of the William LeoGrande Prize for the best book on US-Latin America Relations and was published in Spanish by El Colegio de México in 2014. Recent publications include the special issue “Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics” (co-editor and co-author with Harris Mylonas, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2018) and “Borders and the Politics of Mourning” (co-editor and co-author with Benjamin Nienass, Social Research, Summer 2016).
Anthony Dunne is University Professor of Design and Social Inquiry at The New School and a partner in the design studio Dunne & Raby. Between 2005–2015 he was Professor and Head of the Design Interactions program at the Royal College of Art in London. His work with Fiona Raby uses design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry, and the public about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of existing and emerging technologies.
Anthony is the author of Hertzian Tales (1999, 2005) and co-author, with Fiona Raby, of Design Noir (2001) and Speculative Everything (2013). Their work has been exhibited at MoMA in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Design Museum in London, and is in several permanent collections including MoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts.
Na Fu is a PhD student in the Politics Department, The New School for Social Research. She is a researcher with deep interests in political economic, social inequity, digital and social innovation. Her current research focuses on rural political economic reform under digital technology development from industrialization to new agriculture.
Na Fu was the head of the Research Department at The Shenzhen Center for Design between 2014 and 2016, and received the Master degree of the Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.
As a Transdisciplinary Design MFA candidate, Ignacio’s research broadly concerns with the role of design in mediating the emergence of complex phenomena in social, biological, and artificial systems. He is particularly interested in design’s capacity to dictate both how social constructs evolve together with society, and how societies perceive (possibilities for) change as social constructions evolve.
Emmanuel Guerisoli is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and History at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Previously, he studied law in Argentina and France, specializing in criminal law, international criminal law, constitutional law and human rights, and earned a Masters degree on politics and international studies in the United States, focusing on international security and terrorism.
His research explores how the legal-institutional frameworks of emergency regimes in the United States have affected citizenship rights and understandings of membership into the national community. Specifically, he analyzes the case of the war on terror and how its panoply of legal and extra-legal devices has targeted Muslims by casting a shroud of suspicion over their actions and their political affiliations. His interests include political and legal sociology, violence, and citizenship as well as postcolonial and critical race studies.
Cristina Handal is an architect and urbanist, raised in Tegucigalpa, trained academically and professionally in New York. She is currently a PhD candidate of Public and Urban Policy at The New School and is conducting research about insecurity, crime and space, through a case study in Honduras. She teaches design courses at Parsons School of Design and has worked in public and institutional design projects in Latin America, Africa and North America.
Cristina graduated from the architecture programs at Barnard College (BA, 2007) and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (M.Arch, 2011) at Columbia University and from Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons (MSc, 2014).
Victoria Hattam is Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research, working on design and production in the global economy. A significant component of this research concerns the intersection of global supply chains and US-Mexico border politics. In 2018–19, Hattam is co-directing a Mellon Foundation funded Sawyer Seminar on Imaginative Mobilities with Miriam Ticktin, Anthony Dunne, Fiona Raby, and Alex Aleinikoff. For recent written work from these projects, see “Imperial Designs: Remembering Vietnam at the US-Mexico Border Wall,” Memory Studies 9,1 (2016): 27–47; “The Whiteness of Capital,” Journal for Cultural Research 22, 2 (2018); 180–85; and “Political Loved Ones,” WSQ 45, 3–4 (Fall/Winter 2017): 174–5. Her work can be found here.
Utsa Hazarika is in the MFA program in Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design at The New School, where she is a recipient of the President’s Scholarship and the University Scholarship, and is supported by the Asian Cultural Council. She has been an Artist in Residence at Khoj International Artists’ Association and the Serendipity Arts Trust in Delhi, and at TIFA Working Studios in Pune, India. She was a resident scholar at the BASE centre in Tamil Nadu, in collaboration with GRENZ film (Vienna, Austria). She holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the London School of Economics, and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, where she was awarded Christ College’s Levy-Plumb Award for the Humanities.
Her work has been published in Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, Trans Asia Photography Review and The Caravan. Her video projects have been screened at the Whitechapel Gallery’s Open Screenings (London, UK), Berkshire Art Association (MA, USA) and Target Gallery (VA, USA).
Jacquelin Kataneksza is a Zimbabwean international affairs practitioner, political analyst, and policy consultant based in New York. She is currently a PhD candidate in Public and Urban Policy at the New School. Her research focuses broadly on African politics, civil society and new medias. Specifically, she is concerned with how Zimbabweans navigate politics on and offline and analyzes who participates in Zimbabwean political deliberations and policy processes, what is communicated, where political deliberation occurs, and how these varied negotiations are mediated using new internet communication technologies.
Jacquelin holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, and is a regular contributor to Africa is a Country, and has previously written for Mobilisation Lab, as well as appearing on Al Jazeera’s The Stream, This is Hell Radio and Cape Talk Radio, South Africa, to discuss Zimbabwean politics. She has also previously consulted on international development policy in various offices of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA). Jacquelin has recently completed a year-long Teaching Fellowship at the New School and is currently participating in the Lang Social Science Fellowship as a graduate research associate.
Ed Keller is Director of the Center for Transformative Media at The New School; Associate Professor at Parsons. Designer, professor, writer, musician and multimedia artist. With Carla Leitao, co-founder of Spec.AE, a speculative design practice, and AUM Studio, an architecture and new media firm with residential projects, competitions, and installations in Europe (Lisboa; Venice Biennale) and the US (Storefront, SCIArc).
Ed has spoken on artificial intelligence, cosmopolitics, architecture, film, technology and ecology internationally; current research explores the relationship between philosophy, cosmopolitics, sound design and music in lectures and solo performances. His work and writing has appeared in Volume, &&&, SCHISM, EVOLO, Punctum, Praxis, A+U, AD, Arquine, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Wired, Metropolis, Assemblage, and Ottagono. Seminars at Parsons include Hive Minds, Post-Planetary Design, Designing AI, and The Radical Future of Guitar. Ed has been an avid rockclimber for over 35 years.
Carolyn Kirschner is a Sawyer Seminar research fellow, with a background in architecture and critical design. Her work explores the relationship between physical and digital space: exposing emerging conflicts and peculiarities at the interface between these two territories to develop new strategies for speculation-led design.
Carolyn has worked for various international architecture practices, completed her Masters in Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London with distinction and previously attended the University of Nottingham for her undergraduate studies. She has acted as a delegate in immersive technology workshops, participated in academic conferences, and has been published in architectural press. Her work operates between theory and practice, at a range of scales and bridges diverse formats of representation.
Laura Y. Liu is Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts. Her research focuses on community organizing, urban social movements, and race, gender, and labor politics in immigrant communities. She has written on the connection between geography and industry in art, the influence of digital technologies on urban space, and the impact of September 11 on New York City’s Chinatown.
Liu’s forthcoming book, Sweatshop City, looks at the continuing relevance of the sweatshop in NYC’s Chinatown and other postindustrial, globalized contexts. She regularly presents her work at national and international conferences and in invited lectures, most recently at the Austrian Association for American Studies, the Center for the History of the New America, the Architectural League of New York, the Knoxville Museum of Art, and the London School of Economics. In 2011–2012, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, City University of New York Graduate Center. Prior to The New School, she held a joint appointment at Dartmouth College in Geography and Women’s and Gender Studies. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Geography from Rutgers University, and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.
Anne McNevin is Associate Professor of Politics at The New School and is spending 2018–19 as a member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Her work focuses on the transformation of political belonging, the regulation of borders and migration, and spatiality and temporality in world politics.
She is author of Contesting Citizenship: Irregular Migrants and New Frontiers of the Political (Columbia UP, 2011) and co-editor of Citizenship Studies. Her current research explores contemporary social movements that enliven a politics of membership and mobility beyond the terms of open/closed borders and citizen/migrant subjects.
Elliott P. Montgomery is a futures-researcher and strategic designer whose work focuses on speculative alternatives at the confluence of social, technological and environmental impact. He is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Design at Parsons School of Design, and is co-founder of The Extrapolation Factory, a design-futures studio based in Brooklyn. He is a former design research resident at the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, Energy. He holds a Masters Degree in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London and a Bachelors in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA.
Cayce Pack is the Associate Director at Zolberg Institute for Mogration and Mobility. She holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work from New York University, where she was the Martin Luther King Jr Scholar. In previous roles, she has supported the Corporate Partnership work for UNICEF USA in New York City.
Fiona Raby is University Professor of Design and Social Inquiry at The New School and a partner in the design studio Dunne & Raby. She was Professor of Industrial Design (studio-id2) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (2011–2016). From 2011–15 she was Reader in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London and taught there from 1995 in Architecture, Computer Related Design, and Design Interactions.
Dunne & Raby use design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of existing and emerging technologies. Projects include Technological Dream Series, No 1: Robots (2007), Designs For An Over Populated Planet: Foragers (2010), The United Micro Kingdoms (2013), The School of Constructed Realities (2015), and The Many Worlds Working Group (2017–).
Monica Salmon Gomez is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Sociology at the New School for Social Research (NSSR). She is a fellow student and the Research Assistance of the Zolberg Institute on Migration at the same University. She is an honorary member of the Network of Colombians Victims for Peace Latin America and the Caribbean (Revicpaz-Lac for its initials in Spanish).
She holds a BA in International Relations from ITESO and a Masters Degree in Social Sciences from the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico. She co-founded FM4 Paso Libre (NGO in defense of the human rights of migrants in transit during their journey through Mexico), coordinated it from 2009 to October 2014, and is current board member. From 2015 to 2016 she was the regional coordinator of knowledge management and networks at Asylum Access Latin America, where she coordinated the Regional Working Group for the Brazil Action Plan (GAR-PAB for its initials in Spanish), a Latin America network of more than 40 civil society organizations that work on international protection. Her research topics focus on international migration, borders, illegalization, international protection, human rights, and migration policies.
Everita Silina completed her PhD in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Her research interests include theories of justice, representation and democracy in post-national context, political economy and theories of integration, the European Union and the politics of Europeanization, human rights and international law.
Her research has focused on theories of justice and social contract, especially, models of democratic legitimacy, and the new governance mechanisms in the European Union. Currently she is working on a project with Sheri P. Rosenberg at the Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law that reassesses the concept of genocide by combining international law, human rights and political spheres of inquiry. She has co-authored a study called “Genocide by Attrition”, an excerpt of which has been published as a chapter in Joyce Apsel and Ernesto Verdeja edited volume Genocide Matters: Ongoing Issues and Emerging Perspectives (Routledge 2013). Everita chaired the International Field Program in Hong Kong for many years and currently chairs the IFP in Istanbul.
Radhika Subramaniam is a curator, editor and writer with an interdisciplinary practice. Through exhibition, public art and texts, she explores the poetics and politics of crises and surprises, particularly urban crowds, walking, cultures of catastrophe, art, and human-animal relationships. She is Associate Professor of Visual Culture at Parsons School of Design where she was the first Director/Chief Curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) from 2009–2017. She has received a Culture and Animals Foundation grant, an International Visiting Curatorship at Artspace, Sydney, a SEED Foundation Teaching Fellowship in Urban Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, and artist/writer residencies at The Banff Center, Canada and the Hambidge Center.
Miriam Ticktin is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research. Her research has focused in the broadest sense on “the political”: what it is, how it is called into being, how inequalities are produced and challenged and how new political formations are imagined. Her earlier research asks what it means to make political claims in the name of a universal humanity, with a focus on human rights and humanitarianism; her current research is more interested in imagining and opening the way to new political formations.
She is the author of Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France (University of California Press, 2011) and In the Name of Humanity: the Government of Threat and Care (co-editor with Ilana Feldman, Duke University Press, 2010), along with many other articles and book chapters. Ticktin is currently at work on two related book projects: 1) a short book on innocence as a political concept, and how it produces an unending search for purity; 2) a book on the way border wall technologies travel, both transnationally and cross-species.
Jonas Voigt is a strategic designer and researcher based in New York. Born in Hof (DE) in 1992, he received a BA from Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd (2016) and studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada (2015). He is currently a MFA candidate in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design, a Mellon Sawyer Seminar Graduate Fellow on “Imaginative Mobilities” and a Research Assistant in the Design Realities Lab at The New School.
Jonas’s work is exploring design processes as critical tool for crossing disciplinary boundaries. His work has been published, exhibited and awarded internationally. Notable features include iF Public Value Award, publications in Wired, BBC Future, Form and exhibitions at the Vitra Design Museum, Science Gallery Dublin, Vienna Biennale and XXII Triennale di Milano.