Inside NYU Steinhardt: New Leadership in Departments

This fall, the Steinhardt School will have new leadership in three of its department.

Jonathan Zimmerman, a professor of educational history, has been appointed chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Zimmerman, who served as director of the department’s History of Education Program, also holds an appointment in the Department of History of NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A former Peace Corps volunteer and high school teacher, Zimmerman is the author of Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory (Icons of America) (Yale, 2009). Innocents Abroad: American Teachers in the American Century (Harvard, 2006), Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools (Harvard, 2002), and Distilling Democracy: Alcohol Education in America’s Public Schools, 1880-1925 (Kansas, 1999). Hiss articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Teachers College Record, and History of Education Quarterly. Zimmerman is also a frequent op-ed contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, and other popular newspapers and magazines. Zimmerman succeeds Associate Professor of Educational Philosophy, Rene Arcilla, who serves as department chair for five years.

Marita Sturken‘s, aprofessor culture and communication, has been named chair of the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication.   Sturken, who has served as a co-director of Steinhardt’s Visual Culture Program, has taught courses in visual culture, cultural studies, cultural memory, and consumerism. She is the author of several books, including Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (University of California, 1997) and Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (with Lisa Cartwright, Oxford University Press, 2001, Second Edition 2009). Her most recent book is Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism From Oklahoma City to Ground Zero (Duke University Press, 2007).

Robert Rowe, a professor of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, has been named its vice chair. Rowe, who has served as director of Steinhardt’s music composition program, is artistic director of the biannual Interactive Arts Performance Series which unites computers, video, music, and other arts in live performance. Rowe’s music is performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan and is available on compact discs from New World, Romeo, Quindecim, Harmonia Mundi and the International Computer Music Association. The MIT Press has published his two book/CD-ROM projects : Interactive Music Systems (1993), and Machine Musicianship (2001). Currently he is at work on new pieces for Sofia Asuncion Claro (harp) and Mark Hetzler (trombone).