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Art + Education

Art+Education faculty teach many of the required courses for the program in addition to adjuncts who are professionals representing a range of contexts including art teachers who teach in New York City and surrounding public schools, artist educators who work in school and community-based settings, and artist activists. Faculty from other schools at NYU also work with Art+Education students as part of their elective coursework.

Dipti Desai – Associate Professor, Director of the Art+Education Program. 
Prior to coming to NYU, Dipti taught art education at SUNY-New Paltz. Her teaching career involves two years in New Zealand where she taught courses in Education at Victoria University in Wellington and extensive experience teaching students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds at the elementary and middle school level in the United States, India, and New Zealand. She is the co-author of  "History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education" published by Routledge.
Pronouns: She/Her
Office: Room 611, Barney Building
Office phone: 212-998-9022

Courses taught: Race, Education and the Politics of Visual Representation, What is Social Practice Art?, Artistic Activism as Radical Research, Final Project for Community Practice

Jessica HamlinAssistant Clinical Professor, Co-Director of the Art+Education program 
Jessica has served as a program adjunct and administrator since 2007. She also served as the Director of Educational Initiatives for ART21 for 14 years and has worked in a range of cultural organizations, schools, and in city government in New York and Boston. 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 magazines as well as ART21 Magazine. Her current research interests focus on whiteness in educational spaces and the relationship between contemporary art and contemporary education.

Pronouns: She/Her
Office: Room 608, Barney Building
Office phone: 212-998-5110

Courses: Race, Education and the Politics of Visual Representation; Critical Pedagogy, Artists and the Public Sphere; Student Teaching in Art Ed Seminar: Elementary; Student Teaching Secondary Supervisor; Research and Final Project in Art Education

Meghan Wilcox – Art+Education Graduate Advisor
Pronouns: She/Her
Office: 3rd floor, Barney Building 
Office phone: 212.998.5753


Joe Fusaro
Pronouns: He/Him
Visual Arts Chair, Nyack Public Schools, New York; Senior Education Advisor, Art21

Joe Fusaro received his Masters Degree in Education from the City University of New York and his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Hofstra University. He is an exhibiting artist, educator, and the Visual Arts Chair for the Nyack Public Schools since 2003. From 1990 through 2003 he was a teacher and staff developer in the New York City Public Schools. Since 2008 Fusaro has served as the Senior Education Advisor for Art21, producers of the Peabody Award-winning series, Art in the Twenty-First Century on PBS. Fusaro has led numerous staff development workshops in contemporary art education for organizations and institutions such as the National Art Education Association, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, and Bard College. Recent exhibitions of his work include solo shows at 287 Spring Gallery in SoHo, New York City, the Garner Arts Center in New York, and most recently at Cotuit Center for the Arts in Massachusetts.

Course: Social Justice Education and Contemporary Art: Secondary Teaching

Amin Husain
Pronouns: He/Him
Palestinian-American Lawyer, Visual Artist, and Activist

Amin Husain’s interests focus on resistance and liberation, movement generated theory and practice. His research and teaching interests span debt and financialization, globalization and political economy, social movements and cultures of resistance, race, class and ethnicity in the media, and postcolonial theory. He is a founding member of Global Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.), direct action wing of Gulf Labor Coalition; a member of Gulf Labor Coalition, a self-organized group of artists, writers, architects, curators, and other cultural workers trying to ensure worker’s rights are protected when art, labor and global capital intersect; a founding member and managing editor of Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy, a printed theory and strategy magazine of the Occupy movement; a founding member of MTL, a collective that combines aesthetics, research and organizing in its practice; and founding member of NYC Solidarity with Palestine.

Course: Art and Ideas: Art as a Practice of Freedom

Nathaniel Jimenez
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Nathaniel Jimenez is a high school Special Education teacher for the New York City Department of Education. Nathaniel studied English at Binghamton University and later received a Master’s Degree from Steinhardt, studying English and Special education for grades 6 - 12. As a public school teacher, Nathaniel also shares his passion for film making with his students through his Media Maker’s Club at Brooklyn International High School. Nathaniel uses filmmaking and photography as tools to teach students a variety of skills they can use to become more independent as well as a form of expression. Teaching students film making in public schools is a passion for Nathaniel because the students are learning skills they otherwise would not have access to at home. 

Courses: Special Education: Disabilities Studies and Contemporary Art;

Nick Kozak
Pronouns: He/Him
Artist Educator, Manhattan/Hunter Science High School

Nick Kozak was born in the USA. He is currently the Artist Educator at Manhattan / Hunter Science, a public school in Manhattan, where he teaches Studio Art, Contemporary Art History, and general awesomeness. He currently lives in New York with his family and growing collection of comic books. More than often he makes food for people. Also, he makes art. Website:

Course: Student Teaching in Art Ed Seminar: Secondary

Sophia Mak
Pronouns: They/Them
Visual/Performing Artist

Sophia Mak is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY.  Their creative practice is rooted in the body as a site of knowledge and infinite awakenings, in which they investigate gender, sexuality, race, intergenerational trauma, and family/ancestry, drawing from their own life experiences. Sophia has been invited to perform at museums, galleries, unconventional spaces across the US, and venues, including La Mama, MoMA PS1, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Course: Interdisciplinary Studio

Vivianne Njoku
Pronouns: she/her
Artist/ Educator/ Instigator

For the bulk of her career as an educator, Ms. Njoku instructed youth in video production and conceptual, social justice-based multi-media art. She has collaborated with a number of non-profit organizations, and in her capacity as a public school teacher she taught film and media at the International High School at Union Square (serving recently arrived immigrant youth) and Frank Sinatra School for the Arts. 

In addition to her youth work, Ms. Njoku has led workshops internationally, focusing on ways that youth workers can use art as a means of discussing issues of anti-oppression both in and out of classrooms. The common thread in Ms. Njoku’s past and present work is providing youth with the tools to empower themselves to become mindful and engaged humans who strive for a just, equitable society.  Ms. Njoku holds a Masters Degree in Art Education from New York University and is licensed through the state of New York as a Visual Arts Instructor for all grades.

Courses: Social Justice Education and Contemporary Art: Elementary Teaching

Hugo Rojas
Pronouns: He/Him
Artist, Teacher, Filmmaker, Freelance Artist Educator

Hugo Rojas is a Mexican Media and Arts educator, and multimedia artist. He has a B.A. in International Relations from Mexican University and a M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Education has been a passion of Rojas’s for over nine years having taught Spanish Language, Photography and video production in Mexico, Brazil, and throughout greater New York City. Currently, he has teaching residencies in Manhattan and Brooklyn for videography, 2D art and multimedia. When Rojas is not teaching he explores public space through his art intervention while biking all boroughs, especially Brooklyn where he is based.

Course: Media Literacy and Visual Culture: Teaching Art in a Digital Age

AECP Affiliated NYU Faculty

Marlene McCarty
Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Steven Duncombe
Gallatin and Media Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Nick Mirzoeff 
Media Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Marita Sturken
Media Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Karen Finley
Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Art and Politics

Kathy Engel
Tisch School of the Arts, Chair for Art and Public Policy Department

Pato Herbert
Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Art and Politics

Diana Taylor 
Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Performance Studies