Dean Confidential: Mary Brabeck on Singing, Eating, and Guilty Pleasures

(An interview with Steinhardt Dean Mary Brabeck from the website, NYU Stories.) 

If not for your current career, what might have been your dream job?

Well, an opera singer, but for that I would have had to been born with a voice!

What book are you reading now? What’s next on your list?
I am currently reading My Life in Middlemarchby Rebecca Mead, a book about my favorite book of all time. Next is The Submission by Amy Waldman.

What are your guilty pleasures?
I love good mystery novels: From Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Dashiell Hammett to Henning Mankell, Patricia Cornwell, Elizabeth George, and P.D. James—I love them all, and sometimes “write” my own murder mystery in my mind. And, of course, for professional development: House of Cards and Veep.

What music makes you want to sing along…or dance?
I like almost all music, though you would not want me to sing along!

What’s your favorite NYC restaurant? What do you order there?
Ramen Takumi on University Place. I order the Steinhardt roll!

What’s the best part of working at NYU? And what’s the hardest?
The hardest things about working at NYU are the challenges we face, from raising scholarships and financial aid for our brilliant students to renovating our 100-year-old buildings to improve learning, research, and safety. But the best part—the people—make it all worth it. John Sexton is right when he says that NYU has a great “attitudinal endowment.” I think the people at NYU are can-do, creative, and willing to take risks as they build this great University.