Art, Education, & Community Practice


Art+ Education faculty teach many of the required courses for the program. In addition, faculty from other schools at NYU work with students as part of their elective coursework.

Full-Time Faculty

Dipti Desai
Associate Professor and Program Director
Email: dd25@nyu.edu

Dipti Desai is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Art + Education Programs at New York University, USA. As a scholar and artist-educator her work addresses the intersection between visual art, activism, and critical pedagogy. She has published widely in the area of critical multiculturalism/critical race theory in art education, contemporary art as a pedagogical site, and critical pedagogy. She is the co-editor of Social Justice and the Arts book published by Taylor and Francis and her co-authored book History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education received an Honorable mention for Curriculum Practice Category by Division B of American Education and Research Association (AERA). Among her awards, she received the Ziegfield Service Award for contribution to International Art Education and the Specialist Fulbright Award. Her research interests explore contemporary art as a critical pedagogical site, artistic activism, and critical race theory in art + education.

Jessica Hamlin
Visiting Faculty
Email: jhamlin@nyu.edu

Jessica Hamlin is an educator interested in contemporary art as a site for critical discourse and the potential of artistic practices to inform new pedagogical possibilities in K-12 classrooms. Jessica previously served as the interim Director of the Art + Education program. Her teaching interests include: contemporary art and artistic activism, critical pedagogy, and the intersections of art and educational theory. Prior to joining NYU, Jessica served as the Director of Educational Initiatives for ART21, founding the ART21 Educators learning community and launching Creative Chemistries–a platform for timely trans-disciplinary exchange between artists and educators. Additional experience in a range of cultural organizations, schools, and in city government has included facilitating the education programs at the non-profit gallery Art In General, directing the community-based Saturday Art School at Pratt Institute, managing a comprehensive planning and assessment process for the Boston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs examining school and community-based arts programs, and overseeing a three-year initiative in the Boston Public Schools to support the arts in middle schools in partnership with local arts organizations. Jessica co-authored the book, Art as History, History as Art: Contemporary Art in the History Classroom (Routledge, 2009) and has published articles in School Arts and Art Education magazine as well as the ART21 Magazine.

Part-Time Faculty

Amin Hussain
Palestinian-American Lawyer, Visual Artist, and Activist

Amin is a Palestinian-American lawyer, visual artist, and activist based in New York. He has a BA in Philosophy, a JD from Indiana University Law School, and an LLM in Law from Columbia University. He practiced law for five years before transitioning to art, studying at the School of the International Center of Photography and Whitney Independent Study Program. Amin is an adjunct professor at the New School for Public Engagement, Media Studies Department, New York. 


Mark Read
Artist, Educator, Activist, NYU Gallatin Faculty

Mark Read is an artist, educator, and activist based in Brooklyn, New York. Collaborative processes, interventionist strategies, and public engagement are at the heart of his creative practice. He has worked with and participated in numerous artist and activist collectives and projects, including Reclaim the Streets NYC, The Danger, and most recently The Illuminator collective, which he founded in March of 2012. His teaching interests center around the role of cultural production in and on social change movements, a subject on which he has presented at conferences such as Open Engagement, The Allied Media Conference, and Documenting Social Justice at The University of Pennsylvania. He is interested in how artists and social activists have, and can, utilize emergent video and other image making technologies to produce works that advance the cause of social, economic and environmental justice. He has written about his work in The Brooklyn Rail, Beautiful Trouble  and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, among others. His documentary film work has been broadcast nationally and appeared in numerous festivals, including The Tribeca Film Festival, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Rooftop Films, and in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.


Jose Serrano
Organizer, Educator, and Artist

José Serrano-McClain is an organizer, educator, and artist who began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as an economic analyst. From 2005 to 2010 his art practice revolved around the ‘economics of the creative spirit,’ during which time he founded TrustArt.org, a community for supporting social and artistic innovation, and the media project FameGame.com. In his role as the community organizer for the Queens Museum, José forges community partnerships that bring together artists, urban planners, civic leaders, elected officials, city agencies and researchers in various fields to creatively address a range of complex urban issues, among them immigrant civic integration, sustainable economic development, and community participation in public space design. He has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from Queens College.


Affiliated Faculty

Marlene McCarty
Department of Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt

Kirby Gookin
Department of Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt

Steven Duncombe
NYU Gallatin: Bio
Department of Media, Culture and Communications, Steinhardt

Nick Mirzeoff
Department of Media, Culture and Communications, Steinhardt

Marita Sturken
Department of Media, Culture and Communications, Steinhardt

Jack Tchen
NYU Gallatin: Bio
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU Arts and Sciences

Patrick Hebert
Department of Art and Public Policy, Tisch

Diana Taylor
Department of Performance Studies, Tisch: Bio
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU Arts and Sciences: Bio
Director of the Hemispheric Institute: Bio

Jacques Serin
The Yes Lab at the Hemispheric Institute

Professional Staff

Julia Olson
Art Professions Graduate Adviser
Email: juliaolson@nyu.edu