Category Archives: Faculty Democracy

Petition to the Trustees

Petition to the Trustees of New York University

In his e-mail to the University Community, NYU Board of Trustees Chair Martin Lipton announced that John Sexton’s term as NYU’s president would be extended until at least 2016. Although Lipton’s message was directed to the University Community, Lipton and the Board failed to consult that community, its faculty, students, and staff in making this decision.  We can think of few decisions more important to the life of the university than who ought to serve as its president and how long a term the president ought to serve. Opinions may differ over the performance of the current president of NYU, but the faculty is united in believing that it must be consulted on the appointment and re-appointment of NYU’s president as well as on the length of the president’s term.

The process problems exhibited in Lipton’s letter represent an unfortunate repetition of the problems when John Sexton was appointed to NYU’s presidency seven years ago. That appointment was made with no faculty consultation and without a national search. NYU’s Board of Trustees has the final responsibility for making the presidential appointment, but the decision-making process should involve full consultation with faculty and students about the performance of the incumbent. The fact that neither the Board nor the President saw the need for any such consultation raises questions about the commitment of both to joint faculty-administration governance of the university .

We the undersigned faculty call upon NYU’s Board of Trustees to negate the Lipton letter and set up a process to decide on the president’s re-appointment in which faculty are consulted both on who NYU’s president ought to be and the length of the presidential term. We also urge that students and staff be included in this process so that the entire university community can participate. Such an inclusive process would accord NYU’s president greater legitimacy as a university leader since it would make the president the choice of its large community rather than merely the NYU Trustees

1 Nicholas Mirzoeff Professor, Media, Culture, &

Communication Steinhardt

2 Andrew Ross Professor, Social and Cultural

Analysis FAS

3 Robert Cohen Professor & Chair, Teaching &

Learning Steinhardt

4 Marita Sturken Professor & Chair, Media,

Culture, & Communication Steinhardt

5 Nancy F Regalado Professor, French

FAS

6 Haruko Momma Associate Professor, English

FAS

7 Dana Polan Professor, Cinema Studies

TSOA

8 Randy Martin Professor & Chair, Art and

Public Policy, TSOA

9 Nikhil Singh Associate

Professor, Social & Cultural Analysis FAS

10 Christine Harrington Professor, Politics,

FAS

11 Suzanne G Cusick Professor, Music

FAS

12 John Victor Singler Professor , Linguistics

FAS

13 Stephen Duncombe Associate Professor

Gallatin

14 James Uleman Professor, Psychology

FAS

15 Robert McChesney Professor Emeritus, History

FAS

16 Patricia Crain Associate Professor, English

FAS

17 Rebecca Karl Associate Professor, East Asian

Studies FAS

18 Barbara Browning Associate Professor , Performance

Studies TSOA

19 Diana Turk Associate Professor,

Social Studies Steinhardt

20 Jeff Goodwin Professor , Sociology

FAS

21 Sylvia Molloy Professor, Spanish and

Portuguese FAS

22 Julian Everett Allgood Serials Librarian

University Division of Libraries

23 Brett Gary Associate Professor, Media

Culture & Communication Steinhardt

24 Carolyn Dinshaw Professor, English &

SCA FAS

25 Martin Harries Professor , English

FAS

26 Lala Straussner Professor,

Silver School of Social Work

27 Ann Pellegrini Associate Professor

FAS &TSOA

28 Mary Nolan Professor, History

FAS

29 Judith Stacey Professor, Sociology

FAS

30 Lisa Duggan Professor, Gender & Sexuality

Studies, SCA FAS

31 Anna McCarthy Associate Professor, Cinema

Studies TSOA

32 Mark Crispin Miller Professor, Media, Culture,

& Communication Steinhardt

33 Bertell Ollman Professor, Politics

FAS

34 Rodolfo Aiello Sr. language lecturer

FAS

35 Susie Linfield Associate Professor,

Journalism FAS

36 Moss Roberts Professor, East Asian Studies

FAS

37 Sally Guttmacher Professor, Nutrition, Food Studies

& Public Health Steinhardt

38 John Maynard Professor, English

FAS

39 Marilyn Young Professor, History

FAS

40 Tavia Nyong’ o Associate Professor, Performance

Studies TSOA

41 Herrick Chapman Associate Professor, History

FAS

42 Ada Ferrer Associate Professor, History

FAS

43 Martha Hodes Professor, History

FAS

44 Angela Zito, Associate Professor,

Anthropology & Relig. Studies FAS

45 Richard Sieburth Professor, French & Comparative

Literature FAS

46 Miriam Frank Master Teacher, Liberal Studies

FAS

47 Greg Grandin, Professor, History

FAS

48 Thomas Abercrombie Associate Professor, Anthropology

FAS

49 Phillip Brian Harper Professor, Social & Cultural

Analysis, Chair, English FAS

50 Martin Simon, Professor, Math Education,

Teaching & Learning Stieinhardt

51 Marta Peixoto, Associate Professor, Spanish and

Portugese FAS

52 Guenther Stotzky, Professor Emeritus, Biology

FAS

53 Linda Gordon, Professor, History

FAS

54 Neil Brenner, Professor, Sociology &

Metropolitan Studies FAS

55 William Serrin, Associate Professor, Journalism

FAS

56 Jo Ellen Fisherkeller Associate Professor, Media ,

Culture, & Communication Steinhardt

57 Emily Martin, Professor, Anthropology

FAS

58 Manu Goswami Associate Professor, History

FAS

59 Jeffrery L. Spear Associate Professor, English

FAS

60 Robert Hinton Associate Professor, Africana

Studies, SCA FAS

61 Faye Ginsburg Professor, Anthropology

FAS

62 Daniel Walkowitz, Professor, History & SCA

FAS

63 Zachary Lockman, Professor, Middle Eastern &

Islamic Studies FAS

64 Assia Djebar, Silver Professor, French &

Francophone Studies FAS

65 Ernest Gilman, Professor, English

FAS

66 Mary Lousie Pratt, Professor, SCA, Spanish &

Portugese FAS

67 Dennis Donoghue, University Professor, English

FAS

68 Patrick H. Deer Associate Professor, English

FAS

69 Lisa Gitelman Associate Professor, Culture &

Communications Steinhardt

70 Karen Shimakawa Associate Professor, Performance

Studies TSOA

71 Kristin Ross Professor, Comparative

Literature FAS

72 John Archer Professor, English

FAS

73 Jennifer Morgan Professor, History &SCA

FAS

74 Allen Mincer Professor, Physics

FAS

75 Diana Taylor Professor, Performance

Studies TSOA

76 Mark Alter Professor, Teaching &

Learning Steinhardt

77 Barbara Weinstein, Professor, History

FAS

78 Eugene Nicole, Professor, French,

FAS

79 Amy Bentley Associate Professor

Nutrition, Food Studies, Public Health Steinhardt

80 Andrew Lee Associate Curator

Libraries

81 Lawrence Wu Professor, Sociology

FAS

82 Marion Nestle, Goddard Professor, Nutrition,

Food Studies, & Public Health Steinhardt

83 Juan Corradi, Professor, Sociology

Letter on JanSport

Dear President Sexton,

We write as a group of concerned faculty in regards to the university’s ties with the VF Corporation, the parent company of JanSport that produces NYU apparel. We urge you to reconsider the current course of action on this issue and support calls by worker organizations in Bangladesh and student groups on campus that ask NYU to terminate contracts with garment manufacturing companies that refuse to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. VF Corporation is one of several US companies (along with Walmart among others) that refuses to sign this accord and thereby endangers the lives of Bangladeshi workers.

The Tazreen Fashion factory fire of 2012 and the Rana Plaza factory of 2013 make up some of the worst industrial accidents in history. A wide range of civil society organizations, including labor rights groups in Bangladesh and abroad have determined that the Accord on Fire and Building Safety is a baseline requirement to prevent future disasters and for conditions of work to meaningfully improve in the country. As a global network university, NYU should be at the forefront of ensuring that companies that produce garments featuring the university’s logo adhere to humane and safe standards of production. VF Corporation, JanSport’s parent company, fails to meet these basic criteria and as a university community we must respond with meaningful action.

As the parent corporation for JanSport, VF Corporation is being deceptive about its direct ties to college apparel production in the US. Along with companies like Walmart and Gap, VF Corporation publicizes its adoption of a non-binding agreement (the Alliance for Bangladeshi Worker Safety) that has been widely critiqued by labor and human rights activists as ineffective in ensuring worker safety and, in effect, advancing self-promotion rather than self-regulation. These corporations use public relations exercises to deflect the most serious violations of worker and human rights.

NYU prides itself on being a global university and with this positioning comes global responsibilities. If NYU takes action to promote the well being of workers and their communities its actions will have significance on a global scale. We call on NYU to take a leadership position on this issue and act expeditiously to require that VF Corporation sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety as a condition of continued business with NYU.

Respectfully,
Theresa Aiello, Associate Professor of Social Work Sinan Antoon, Associate

Professor, the Gallatin School John Archer, Professor of English

Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Associate Professor, the Gallatin School

Emanuela Bianchi, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Joy Boyum, Professor Emerita, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions, Steinhardt

Paula Chakravartty, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication and the Gallatin School

Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

Marie Cruz Soto, Clinical Assistant Professor, the Gallatin School

Dipti Desai, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art Professions

Carolyn Dinshaw, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and English

Lisa Duggan, Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

Stephen Duncombe, Associate Professor, the Gallatin School and Department of Media, Culture and Communication

Allen Feldman, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

Valerie Forman, Associate Professor, the Gallatin School

Miriam Frank, Master Teacher, Liberal Studies

Sharon Friedman, Associate Professor, the Gallatin School

Toral Gajarawala, Associate Professor of English

Tejaswini Ganti, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Kathleen Gerson, Professor of Sociology

Faye Ginsburg, David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology

Jeff Goodwin, Professor of Sociology

Linda Gordon, Professor of History

Manu Goswami, Associate Professor of History

Greg Grandin, Professor of History

Hannah Gurman, Clinical Assistant Professor, the Gallatin School

A B Huber, Assistant Professor, the Gallatin School

Priscilla Karant, Master Teacher, American Language Institute

Rebecca Karl, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies

Arang Keshavarzian, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Thuy Linh Tu, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

David Ludden, Professor of History

Sydney Ludvigson, Professor of Economics

Ritty Lukose, Associate Professor, the Gallatin School

Mo Ogrodnik, Associate Professor, Film and Television, NYU Abu Dhabi

Randy Martin, Professor and Chair of Art, and Public Policy

Sally Merry, Professor and Chair of Anthropology

Fred Myers, Professor of Anthropology

Vasuki Nesiah, Associate Professor of Practice the Gallatin School

Molly Nolan, Professor of History

Bertell Ollman, Professor of Politics

Dana Polan, Professor of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts

Rayna Rapp, Professor of Anthropology

Debraj Ray, Silver Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor of Economics

Fred Ritchin, Professor and Chair of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts

Avital Ronell, University Professor of the Humanities, Chair of the German Department

Andrew Ross, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

Kimberly K Phillips-Fein, Associate Professor, Gallatin School

Dean Saranillio, Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

George Shulman, Professor, the Gallatin School

Nikhil Singh, Associate Professor of History and Social and Cultural Analysis

Kathryn Smith, Associate Professor of Art History

Judith Stacey, Professor Emeritus of Social and Cultural Analysis

Marita Sturken, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

Lala Straussner, Professor Silver School of Social Work

Helga Tawil-Souri, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

Sinclair Thompson, Associate Professor of History

Jim Uleman, Professor of Psychology

Alejandro Velasco, Assistant Professor, the Gallatin School

To the Trustee Subcommittee

Letter to the Trustee Subcommittee
April 30, 2013

We are writing to thank you for meeting with us on April 15th, and to reiterate our request for a copy of the subcommittee report, when it is complete. Making the report available would set a model tone for the open, transparent culture we think needs to be introduced more generally to NYU. In addition, we would like to reiterate our view that, as a step towards the creation of such an open governing culture, a faculty-trustee committee is necessary. This will be particularly important in the search for a new president, to be undertaken, we hope, in the near future.

We would also like to take the opportunity to urge the Trustees not to minimize the breadth and depth of the faculty’s loss of confidence in John Sexton. Even among faculty not committed to a vote of no confidence, there is real concern about John Sexton’s loss of credibility within the University itself. And this concern is not limited to FAS. Last week, the faculty in Gallatin and Steinhardt both voted by wide margins to conduct a vote of no confidence. This week, the Silver School of Social Work voted the same way, and Tisch faculty are expected to do the same. The votes are unlikely to end there. When faculty are allowed to express their opinions freely, without fear of reprisals from their chairs and deans, we believe the majority will voice their lack of confidence in the current president.

In our estimation, one anecdote will suffice to remind us all of the perils of ignoring faculty opinion. On the eve of the GSOC-UAW strike in the Fall of 2005, a group of faculty (some of us were there) met with John Sexton. We pleaded with him to take action to avert the strike. But the administration took a unilateral decision to break the union, expressly against the majority faculty support for respecting the democratic right of graduate employees to choose their own representation. We warned the president that the strike would put the campus in turmoil for the entire academic year, and that the exposure would stain NYU’s reputation. The union would not go away, we pointed out, and the legacy of his decision would leave bitter divisions on campus for many years to come. Our advice was not taken, and all of these things have come to pass, exactly as we predicted. For many of us and our colleagues, President’s Sexton’s disregard for faculty opinion at that time was the first of a series of grave mis-steps that have led to the votes of no confidence and the current impasse.

The trustees can prudently avoid the same mistakes this time around by heeding, and acting decisively on, the faculty’s desire to see the appointment of a less divisive president. We cannot overstate the urgent need to restore faculty morale, modernize the university’s culture, and re-build NYU’s reputation. The AAUP is a source of essential knowledge about the state of the academy, and we are committed to sharing that knowledge with you as the process of review continues. Don’t hesitate to draw on our resources

Yours Respectfully,

Andrew Ross, president, NYU-AAUP

Molly Nolan, vice-president, NYU-AAUP

Marie Monaco, secretary, NYU-AAUP

Anna McCarthy, treasurer, NYU-AAUP

Rebecca Karl, at-large executive member, NYU-AAUP

On Graduate Student Strike

Faculty Statement on Graduate Student Strike
February 20, 2006

Dear Colleagues;

Regardless of our individual opinion about unionization for graduate assistants, we (the undersigned NYU faculty members), believe that in order to protect academic freedom and to maintain an open and collegial atmosphere at the university, graduate students should be free to express and follow their beliefs about unionization without any fear of reprisals. At a time when this institution is under heightened public scrutiny, it is all the more important to preserve this enviable tradition of freedom at NYU.

Participating in union activities — including striking — is a good faith decision that each individual makes according to his or her conscience. We therefore call on colleagues, on the faculty and in the administration, to guarantee that there will be no effort to intimidate students who choose to participate in a strike or other union activity.

Specifically, we ask our colleagues to ensure that such students are not penalized with regard to grades, credits, academic funding, letters of recommendation, future teaching opportunities, eligibility for academic awards, among other things. More subtle forms of intimidation–such as offering pastoral advice to students about the impact of union involvement on their professional careers–should also be eschewed. In our opinion, neutrality on these issues is a stance we morally owe to our students.

Signatories

Thomas Abercrombie, Anthropology, FAS
Gerard Aching, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Rodolfo Aiello, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Gwendolyn Alker, Drama, TSOA
Richard Allen, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Julian Everett Allgood, Bobst Library
Edwin Amenta, Sociology, FAS
Emily Apter, French, FAS
John Archer, English, FAS
Adam Becker, Classics and Religious Studies, FAS
Thomas Bender, History, FAS
Lauren Benton, History, FAS
Edward Berenson, History and French Studies, FAS
Renee Blake, Linguistics, FAS
Eliot Borenstein, Russian and Slavic, FAS
Neil Brenner, Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, FAS
David Brimmer, Drama, TSOA
Barbara Browning, Performance Studies, TSOA
Joy Gould Boyum, Humanities Education, Steinhardt
Jane Burbank, History, FAS
Eduardo Capulong, Lawyering Program, Law School
Herrick Chapman, History and French Studies, FAS
Una Chaudhuri, Drama, TSOA, and English, FAS
Vivek Chibber, Sociology, FAS
Robby Cohen, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jan Cohen-Cruz, Drama, TSOA
Christopher Collins, English, FAS
Joy Connolly, Classics, FAS
Frederick Cooper, History, FAS
Catherine Coray, Drama, TSOA
Pam Crabtree, Anthropology, FAS
Patricia Crain, English, FAS
Suzanne Cusick, Music, FAS
Laura Daigen-Ayala, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Arlene Davila, American Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Patrick Deer, English, FAS
Mark Dery, Journalism, FAS
Dipti Desai, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt
Angela Dillard, Gallatin
Carolyn Dinshaw, Gender and Sexuality and English, FAS
EL Doctorow, English, FAS
Georgina Dopico Black, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Ana Dopico, Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Thomas Drysdale, Drama, TSOA
Lisa Duggan, American Studies and Gender and Sexuality, FAS
Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin
Troy Duster, Sociology, FAS
Ada Ferrer, History, FAS
Hartry Field, Philosophy, FAS
Alla Fil, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
JoEllen Fisherkeller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Miriam Frank,General Studies, SCPS
Elaine Freedgood, English, FAS
Sharon Friedman, Gallatin
Everett Frost, Film and Television, TSOA
Norm Fruchter, Education Policy, Steinhardt
David Garland, Law School and Sociology, FAS
Brett Gary, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Kathleen Gerson, Sociology, FAS
Michael Gilsenan, Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Faye Ginsburg, Anthropology and Culture and Media, FAS
Jeff Goodwin, Sociology, FAS
Linda Gordon, History, FAS
Manu Goswami, History, FAS
Greg Grandin, History, FAS
Adam Green, American Studies, and History, FAS
Ed Guerrero, Cinema Studies, TSOA and Africana Studies, FAS
Douglas Guthrie, Sociology, FAS
Sally Guttmacher, Health Studies, Steinhardt
Lynne Haney, Sociology, FAS
Phillip Brian Harper, American Studies and English, FAS
Harry Harootunian, East Asian Studies and History, FAS
Martin Harries, English, FAS
Christine Harrington, Politics, FAS
Vicki Hart, Drama, TSOA
Barbara Heyns, Sociology, FAS
Robert Hinton, Africana Studies, FAS
Martha Hodes, History, FAS
Ruth Horowitz, Sociology, FAS
Philip Hosay, International Education, Steinhardt
Diana Hughes, Psychology, FAS
Kathy Hull, General Studies, SCPS
Bernd Huppauf, German, FAS
Virginia Jackson, English, FAS
Walter Johnson, American Studies and History, FAS
Marion Kaplan, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, FAS
Rebecca Karl, History and East Asian Studies, FAS
Eric Klinenberg, Sociology, FAS
Terry Knickerbocker, Drama, TSOA
Barbara Krauthamer, History, FAS
Karen Kupperman, History, FAS
Andrew Lee, Bobst Library
Susie Linfield, Journalism, FAS
Zachary Lockman, Middle Eastern Studies and History, FAS
Laurence Lockridge, English, FAS
Michele Lowrie, Classics, FAS
Robert Lubar, Institute of Fine Arts, GSAS
Steven Lukes, Sociology, FAS
Richard Maisel, Sociology, FAS
Robert Malgady, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jane Malmo, Drama, TSOA
Emily Martin, Anthropology, FAS
Randy Martin, Art and Public Policy, TSOA
Paul Mattingly, History, FAS
John Mayher, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
John Maynard, English, FAS
Anna McCarthy, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Robert McChesney, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, FAS
Micki McGee, Draper Program, FAS
Elizabeth McHenry, English, FAS
Mark Crispin Miller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Toby Miller, American Studies and CLACS, FAS
Bella Mirabella, Gallatin
Timothy Mitchell, Politics and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS
Sylvia Molloy, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Harvey Molotch, Metropolitan Studies and Sociology, FAS
Jim Morgan, Fine Arts, FAS
Jose Munoz, Performance Studies, FAS
Fred Myers, Anthropology, FAS
Judith N?ethy, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
EugPne Nicole, French, FAS
Lara Nielsen, Drama, TSOA
Molly Nolan, History, FAS
Pedro Noquera, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Lorie Novak, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Tavia Nyong=o, Performance Studies, TSOA
Bertell Ollman, Politics, FAS
Christopher Otter, History, FAS
Crystal Parikh, American Studies and English, FAS
Carol Parness, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Cyrus Patell, English, FAS
Michael Peachin, Classics, FAS
Marta Chaves Peixoto, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Ann Pellegrini, Religious Studies, FAS, and Performance Studies, TSOA.
Kimberly Phillips-Fein, Gallatin
Dana Polan, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Mary Louise Pratt, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Arvind Rajagopal, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Rayna Rapp, Anthropology, FAS
Christopher Ratte, Classics, FAS
Nancy Regalado, French, FAS
Timothy Reiss, Comparative Literature, FAS
Fred Ritchin, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Moss Roberts, East Asian Studies, FAS
Susan Rogers, Anthropology, FAS
Avital Ronell, German, FAS
Renato Rosaldo, Latino Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Andrew Ross, American Studies, FAS
Kristin Ross, Comparative Literature, FAS
Kathleen Ross, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Jeffrey Sammons, History, FAS
Sukhdev Sandhu, A/P/A and English, FAS
Bambi Schieffelin, Anthropology, FAS
Martin Schain, Politics and European Studies; FAS
Ned Seeman, Chemistry, FAS
Richard Sennett, Sociology, FAS
Svati Shah, Gender and Sexuality, FAS
Karen Shimakawa, Performance Studies, TSOA and A/P/A, FAS
Beth Shinn, Psychology, FAS
Ella Shohat, Art and Public Policy, TSOA, and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS
Patrick Shrout, Psychology, FAS
George Shulman, Gallatin
Richard Sieburth, Comparative Literature and French, FAS
John Singler, Linguistics, FAS
Lok Siu, A/P/A and Anthropology, FAS
Robert Sklar, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Trika Smith-Burke, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Alan Sokal, Physics, FAS
Jeffrey Spear, English, FAS
Judith Stacey, Gender and Sexuality and Sociology, FAS
Robert Stam, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Mitchell Stephens, Journalism, FAS
Guenther Stotzky, Biology, FAS
Lisa M. Stulberg, Humanities and Social Sciences, Steinhardt
Eduardo Subirats, Spanish and Portuguese, FAS
Constance Sutton, Anthropology, FAS
Diana Taylor, Performance Studies, TSOA
Jack Tchen, A/P/A and Gallatin
Paul Thompson, Film and Television, TSOA
Sinclair Thomson, History, FAS
Elayne Tobin, General Studies, SCPS
Diana Turk, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jim Uleman, Psychology, FAS
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Keith Vincent, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS
Robert Vorlicky, Drama, TSOA
Joanna Waley-Cohen, History, FAS
Daniel Walkowitz, History and Metropolitan Studies, FAS
Marc Walters, Chemistry, FAS
John Waters, English, FAS
Ellen Willis, Journalism, FAS
Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Psychology and Public Policy, FAS
Marilyn Young, History, FAS
George Yudice, American Studies and CLACS, FAS
Caitlin Zaloom, Metropolitan Studies and American Studies, FAS
Xudong Zhang, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS
Edward Ziter, Drama, TSOA
Angela Zito, Religious Studies and Anthropology, FAS

Call to Faculty

February 20, 2006

We, members of Faculty Democracy, abhor the recent policy decisions taken by the President and the Provost regarding the penalties for striking Graduate Assistants that are scheduled to go into effect this Monday. Insofar as these decisions also affect academic matters such as evaluation of student work and assignment of teaching responsibilities within departments, they improperly encroach on the domain of faculty governance. If the administration proceeds with these unduly harsh and undemocratic policies, there will be consequences that may include, but are not limited to, the following: withholding grades, implementing a moratorium on the graduate admissions process, and informing prospective candidates for faculty positions, as well as those to whom offers are outstanding, of the administration’s persistent violations of faculty rights at NYU. We call on other faculty members and administrators to join us in pursuing these and other actions. In addition, there is an action you can take that would help prevent the administration from following through on its threats towards graduate assistants. A section canceled by a faculty member cannot legitimately be held to have failed to meet owing to the absence of a TA or preceptor. We therefore encourage faculty who hold classes with sections taught by TAs to unilaterally cancel all section meetings for lecture courses this week and indeed for the remainder of the semester. Those who choose to do so should be sure to notify all students in class so they do not waste their time by showing up, and their respective Dean’s office so administrators do not engage in needless surveillance work. We call on other faculty members and administrators to join us in pursuing these and other actions.

Protest Against Punitive Sanctions

Protest Against Punitive Sanctions
February 5, 2006

John Sexton, President
David McLaughlin, Provost
New York University
Bobst Library, 12th Floor
New York, New York, 10003

Dear President Sexton and Provost McLaughlin:

We, undersigned faculty at NYU, write to protest the implementation of sanctions outlined in your November 27th 2005 letter concerning the strike of GSOC/UAW Local 2110. These punitive sanctions, which, for the first group of students notified this week, amount to loss of a full year’s stipend, are draconian in nature, excessive relative to student labor penalties at other campuses, and antithetical to values that are foundational to academic, as well as civil, society. Moreover, this latest policy decision extends a disquieting pattern of unilateral governance at this campus. It has been conceived, announced, and implemented with no regard for standing disciplinary procedures at the Department or School level, which are the customary prerogative of faculty. While they are clearly intended to force a return to what is presented as proper order and business as usual at NYU, we believe that such penalties can only lead to greater animosity among the diverse members of this community, and a stain on this institution’s reputation that will take years to remove.

We call upon you to restore right and reason to this situation by rescinding these penalties, and ceasing to pursue their implementation in all future cases. Additionally, we urge that negotiations between representatives of the University administration and those of GSOC/UAW2110 be resumed. Ignoring this advice, and maintaining this ill-advised policy, only leads us all still farther down the road of disunity and mistrust.

Signatories

Thomas Abercrombie, Anthropology, FAS
Gerard Aching, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Charles Affron, French, FAS
Rodolfo Aiello, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Gwendolyn Alker, Drama, TSOA
Richard Allen, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Julian Everett Allgood, Bobst Library
Sinan Antoon, Gallatin
Walter Alvarez, Social Work, Wagner
Edwin Amenta, Sociology, FAS
Awam Amkpa, Drama, TSOA
Karl Appuhn, History, FAS
Emily Apter, French, FAS
John Archer, English, FAS
Gabriela Basterra, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Adam Becker, Classics and Religious Studies, FAS
Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, History, FAS
Zvi Ben-Dor, History and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS
Thomas Bender, History, FAS
Amy Bentley, Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Steinhardt
Claudie Bernard, French, FAS
Howard Besser, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Jacqueline Birnbaum, Music Therapy, Steinhardt
Renee Blake, Linguistics, FAS
Eliot Borenstein, Russian and Slavic, FAS
Joy Gould Boyum, Humanities Education, Steinhardt
Neil Brenner, Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, FAS
Roger Brown, Culture and Communication, SSOE
Barbara Browning, Performance Studies, TSOA
Jerome Bruner, School of Law
Eduardo Capulong, Lawyering Program, Law School
James Cassese, LCSW, Graduate School of Social Work
Herrick Chapman, History and French Studies, FAS
Una Chaudhuri, Drama, TSOA, and English, FAS
Peter Chelkowski, MEIS, FAS
Vivek Chibber, Sociology, FAS
Brian Cogan, Culture and Communication, SSOE
Jean-Louis Cohen, Institute of Fine Art
Lena Cohen, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Robby Cohen, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Robert Cohen, German, FAS
Jan Cohen-Cruz, Drama, TSOA
Christopher Collins, English, FAS
Joy Connolly, Classics, FAS
Catherine Coray, Drama, TSOA
Nina Cornyetz, Gallatin
Pam Crabtree, Anthropology, FAS
Patricia Crain, English, FAS
Suzanne Cusick, Music, FAS
Arlene Davila, American Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Lourdes Davila, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Patrick Deer, English, FAS
Mark Dery, Journalism, FAS
Dipti Desai, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt
Maryann Dickar, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Angela Dillard, Gallatin
Hasia Diner, History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Carolyn Dinshaw, Gender and Sexuality and English, FAS
EL Doctorow, English, FAS
Georgina Dopico Black, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Ana Dopico, Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Thomas Drysdale, Film/TV and Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Lisa Duggan, American Studies and Gender and Sexuality, FAS
Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin
Troy Duster, Sociology, FAS
Nicole Eustace, History, FAS
Khaled Fahmy, MEIS, FAS
Catherine Fallon, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Ada Ferrer, History, FAS
Hartry Field, Philosophy, FAS
Alla Fil, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Sybille Fischer, Spanish & Portuguese, FAS
JoEllen Fisherkeller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Iris Fodor, Applied Psychology, Steinhardt
Miriam Frank,General Studies, SCPS
Elaine Freedgood, English, FAS
Sharon Friedman, Gallatin
Everett Frost, Film and Television, TSOA
Norm Fruchter, Education Policy, Steinhardt
Alexander Galloway, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
David Garland, Sociology, FAS, and Law School
Brett Gary, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Kathleen Gerson, Sociology, FAS
Ernest Gilman, English, FAS
Michael Gilsenan, Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Faye Ginsburg, Anthropology and Culture and Media, FAS
Jeff Goodwin, Sociology, FAS
Linda Gordon, History, FAS
Manu Goswami, History, FAS
Greg Grandin, History, FAS
Bruce Grant, Anthropology, FAS
Jean Graybeal, Gallatin
Adam Green, American Studies, and History, FAS
Ed Guerrero, Cinema Studies, TSOA and Africana Studies, FAS
Douglas Guthrie, Sociology, FAS
Sally Guttmacher, Health Studies, Steinhardt
Yukiko Hanawa, East Asian Studies, FAS
Lynne Haney, Sociology, FAS
Phillip Brian Harper, American Studies and English, FAS
Harry Harootunian, East Asian Studies and History, FAS
Martin Harries, English, FAS
Christine Harrington, Politics, FAS
Vicki Hart, Drama, TSOA
Laura L. Hayman, Steinhardt
Wolf Heydebrand, Sociology, FAS
Barbara Heyns, Sociology, FAS
Robert Hinton, Africana Studies, FAS
Martha Hodes, History, FAS
Kathleen Holley, Liberal Arts
Philip Hosay, International Education, Steinhardt
Diana Hughes, Psychology, FAS
Kathy Hull, General Studies, SCPS
Richard Hull, History, FAS
Bernd Huppauf, German, FAS
Katherine Hurbis-Cherrier, Film and TV, TSOA
Steve Hutkins, Gallatin
Kota Inoue, East Asian Studies, FAS
Edwin Irizarry, Bobst Library
Virginia Jackson, English, FAS
Kim Jessor, Graduate Acting, TSOA
Walter Johnson, American Studies and History, FAS
Jonathan Kahana, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Marion Kaplan, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, FAS
Rebecca Karl, History and East Asian Studies, FAS
Esther Katz, History, FAS
Paul Kelleher, Draper Program, FAS
Julia Keydel, Film and Television, TSOA
Eric Klinenberg, Sociology, FAS
Zoya Kocur, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt
Terry Knickerbocker, Drama, TSOA
Karen Kupperman, History, FAS
Antonia Lant, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Darlene Larson, American Language Institute, SCPS
Andrew Lee, Bobst Library
Susie Linfield, Journalism, FAS
Zachary Lockman, Middle Eastern Studies and History, FAS
Laurence Lockridge, English, FAS
Michele Lowrie, Classics, FAS
Robert Lubar, Institute of Fine Arts, GSAS
Steven Lukes, Sociology, FAS
Pedro Machado, Draper, FAS
Elizabeth Machlan, Expository Writing, FAS
Cecil MacKinnon, UG Drama
Holly Maguigan, School of Law
Richard Maisel, Sociology, FAS
Robert Malgady, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jane Malmo, Drama, TSOA
Emily Martin, Anthropology, FAS
Randy Martin, Art and Public Policy, TSOA
Paul Mattingly, History, FAS
John Mayher, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
John Maynard, English, FAS
Anna McCarthy, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Robert McChesney, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, FAS
Micki McGee, Draper Program, FAS
Elizabeth McHenry, English, FAS
Sally Merry, Anthropology, FAS
Mark Crispin Miller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Eleanor Miller, French and History,. FAS
Bella Mirabella, Gallatin
Nicholas Mirzoeff, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt
Chris Mitchell, Politics, FAS
Timothy Mitchell, Politics and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS
Sylvia Molloy, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Harvey Molotch, Metropolitan Studies and Sociology, FAS
Haruko Momma, English, FAS
Jairo Moreno, Music, FAS
Jim Morgan, Fine Arts, FAS
Brian Morton, Creative Writing, FAS
Jose Munoz, Performance Studies, FAS
Michael Nash, Bobst Library,
Eugène Nicole, French, FAS
Lara Nielsen, Drama, TSOA
Molly Nolan, History, FAS
Pedro Noquera, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Lorie Novak, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Tavia Nyong’o, Performance Studies, TSOA
Bertell Ollman, Politics, FAS
Eugene Ostashevsky, GSP, SCPS
Christopher Otter, History, FAS
Paul Owen, UGF/TV and Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Crystal Parikh, American Studies and English, FAS
Carol Parness, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Cyrus Patell, English, FAS
Michael Peachin, Classics, FAS
Marta Chaves Peixoto, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Ann Pellegrini, Religious Studies, FAS, and Performance Studies, TSOA
Karl Peterson, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Kimberly Phillips-Fein, Gallatin
Rene Francisco Poitevin, Gallatin,
Dana Polan, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Ricky Pollack, Courant Institute
Janet Poole, East Asian Studies, FAS
Mary Louise Pratt, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Anne Rademacher, Metropolitan Studies, FAS
Laurin Raikin,Gallatin
Arvind Rajagopal, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Rayna Rapp, Anthropology, FAS
Christopher Ratte, Classics, FAS, and Institute of Fine Arts
Nancy Regalado, French, FAS
Martin Reichart, General Studies, SCPS
Timothy Reiss, Comparative Literature, FAS
Fred Ritchin, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Moss Roberts, East Asian Studies, FAS
Edward J. Robinson, Physics, FAS
Avital Ronell, German, FAS
Renato Rosaldo, Latino Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Robert Rosenblum, Institute of Fine Arts
Andrew Ross, American Studies, FAS
Kristin Ross, Comparative Literature, FAS
Kathleen Ross, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Jeffrey Sammons, History, FAS
Sukhdev Sandhu, A/P/A and English, FAS
Robert Scally, History, FAS
Martin Schain, Politics and European Studies; FAS
Ned Seeman, Chemistry, FAS
Richard Sennett, Sociology, FAS
William Serrin, Journalism, FAS
Svati Shah, Gender and Sexuality, FAS
Lytle Shaw, English, FAS
Michael Shenefelt, General Studies, Steinhardt
Karen Shimakawa, Performance Studies, TSOA and A/P/A, FAS
Beth Shinn, Psychology, FAS
Ella Shohat, Art and Public Policy, TSOA, and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS
Patrick Shrout, Psychology, FAS
George Shulman, Gallatin
David Sider, Classics, FAS
Richard Sieburth, Comparative Literature and French, FAS
William Simon, Cinema Studies, TSOA
John Singler, Linguistics, FAS
Lok Siu, A/P/A and Anthropology, FAS
Robert Sklar, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Mark Smith, Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Trika Smith-Burke, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Marilyn Sobelman, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Alan Sokal, Physics, FAS
Helga Tawil Souri, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Jeffrey Spear, English, FAS
Judith Stacey, Gender and Sexuality and Sociology, FAS
Robert Stam, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Mitchell Stephens, Journalism, FAS
George C. Stoney, Film, TSOA
Guenther Stotzky, Biology, FAS
S. L. Straussner, School of Social Work
Lisa M. Stulberg, Humanities and Social Sciences, Steinhardt
Marita Sturken, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Eduardo Subirats, Spanish and Portuguese, FAS
Constance Sutton, Anthropology, FAS
Diana Taylor, Performance Studies, TSOA
Jack Tchen, A/P/A and Gallatin
Paul Thompson, Film and Television, TSOA
Sinclair Thomson, History, FAS
Elayne Tobin, General Studies, SCPS
Tim Tomlinson, General Studies, SCPS
Gilbert Trachtman, Emeritus, Applied Psychology, Steinhardt
Diana Turk, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jim Uleman, Psychology, FAS
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Shouleh Vatanabadi, General Studies, Steinhardt
Keith Vincent, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS
Linda Voorsanger, Opportunities Program, Stenihardt
Robert Vorlicky, Drama, TSOA
Joanna Waley-Cohen, History, FAS
Daniel Walkowitz, History and Metropolitan Studies, FAS
Marc Walters, Chemistry, FAS
Bryan Waterman, English, FAS
John Waters, English, FAS
Michael Westerman, Psychology, FAS
Heidi E. White, General Studies, SCPS
Ellen Willis, Journalism, FAS
Lawrence L. Wu, Sociology, FAS
Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Psychology and Public Policy, FAS
Marilyn Young, History, FAS
George Yudice, American Studies and CLACS, FAS
Caitlin Zaloom, Metropolitan Studies and American Studies, FAS
Xudong Zhang, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS
Zhen Zhang, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Edward Ziter, Drama, TSOA
Angela Zito, Religious Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Daniel Zwanziger, Physics, FAS

On Electronic Surveillance

Letter to President Sexton: Regarding Electronic Surveillance

November 10, 2005

From the members of Faculty Democracy.

Dear President Sexton,

We are writing to protest to the strongest degree possible that various CAS administrators (for example, Associate Deans Otto Sonntag and Richard Kalb), program directors, and Directors Of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS) have been added, evidently by administrative fiat and without permission or notice to the faculty, to the online Blackboard membership lists of various courses at the university. These administrators were therefore able to access electronic communication between professors, teaching assistants, and students officially registered for those courses. Moreover, names of some DUGS were added to the Blackboard lists for courses without their knowledge or permission so they now appear to
serve the university’s electronic surveillance network. According to the NYU network user agreement, anyone who monitors network communication without permission is in violation of NYU policy, including the administrators who were enabled to follow Blackboard communication for professors’ and teaching assistants’ classes.

We would like answers to these questions: under whose authority were these administrators acting? Who decided on which courses and/or professors should be opened to surveillance? How does the administration plan to sanction those responsible for the
intrusion into academic privacy? What will the administration do to ensure that this type of behavior will not, and cannot, recur?

We consider this seizing of access to the communication between professors and their registered students to be an intensely unethical act, one that is in the deepest violation of academic freedom. At our meeting with you on Tuesday, you tried to assure us that your primary identity at the university was as a proud member of the faculty, but it is hard for us to believe that anyone committed to faculty rights and governance, and academic freedom (especially in the arena of classroom pedagogy) would countenance practices of this sort. These are acts of invasive intimidation. You suggested at our the same meeting that your opposition to the unionization of graduate students at NYU was a measure of your principled devotion to the sanctity of the academic process, and yet the university’s effort
to resist that unionization have now evidently compromised the most basic principles defending that process. You also suggested that the various parties in this struggle no doubt were not acting from mendacity, but for outsiders to secretly listen in on the
communications of a class is mendacious in the extreme.

The principle of safe space – in terms of a classroom ethic of mutual respect, in terms of specific anti-harassment rules, and in terms of instructors’ duty to seek consent before sharing any privileged communications or materials – is a principle that we all work painstakingly to establish in our classrooms. Indeed, it is fundamental to establishing the basis for a functioning class.

Opening of Blackboard lists to administrative surveillance compromises principles of free conversation and exchange perennially enjoyed not only by faculty, but undergraduate students
as well.

Nothing so confirms that academic workers at this university need protection and representation of their own choosing (such as the protection afforded to graduate students by a union) as this single egregious act, which goes against the foundational principles of higher education as well as those of a democratic and open society.

We spoke to you in our Tuesday meeting of the deep wounds that the administration’s refusal to negotiate is causing the university. Now we must add the outrage we feel at this terrible and shameful act of misconduct. Faculty trust in the administration’s good faith has been irreparably damaged, and we have little confidence in the university administration’s ability to lead us out of this crisis. We urge a rapid effort to resolve this dispute with the graduate students before matters pass the point of no return in the university as a whole.

Sincerely,

Thomas Abercrombie, Anthropology, FAS

Gerard Aching, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Rodolfo Aiello, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Gwendolyn Alker, Drama, TSOA

Julian Everett Allgood, Bobst Library

Edwin Amenta, Sociology, FAS

Emily Apter, French, FAS

John Archer, English, FAS

Adam Becker, Classics and Religious Studies, FAS

Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, History, FAS

Thomas Bender, History, FAS

Amy Bentley, Nutrition, Food, and Public Health, Steinhardt

Lauren Benton, History, FAS

Edward Berenson, History and French Studies, FAS

Renee Blake, Linguistics, FAS

Eliot Borenstein, Russian and Slavic, FAS

Neil Brenner, Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, FAS

David Brimmer, Drama, TSOA

Barbara Browning, Performance Studies, TSOA

Joy Gould Boyum, Humanities Education, Steinhardt

Jane Burbank, History, FAS

Craig Calhoun, Sociology, FAS

Eduardo Capulong, Lawyering Program, Law School

Herrick Chapman, History and French Studies, FAS

Vivek Chibber, Sociology, FAS

Robby Cohen, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Jan Cohen-Cruz, Drama, TSOA

Christopher Collins, English, FAS

Joy Connolly, Classics, FAS

Frederick Cooper, History, FAS

Catherine Coray, Drama, TSOA

Nina Cornyetz, Gallatin

Pam Crabtree, Anthropology, FAS

Patricia Crain, English, FAS

Suzanne Cusick, Music, FAS

Laura Daigen-Ayala, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Arlene Davila, American Studies and Anthropology, FAS

Patrick Deer, English, FAS

Mark Dery, Journalism, FAS

Dipti Desai, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt

Angela Dillard, Gallatin

Carolyn Dinshaw, Gender and Sexuality and English, FAS

EL Doctorow, English, FAS

Georgina Dopico Black, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Ana Dopico, Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Thomas Drysdale, Drama, TSOA

Lisa Duggan, American Studies and Gender and Sexuality, FAS

Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin

Troy Duster, Sociology, FAS

Ada Ferrer, History, FAS

Hartry Field, Philosophy, FAS

Alla Fil, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Sybille Fischer, Spanish & Portuguese, FAS

JoEllen Fisherkeller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt

Miriam Frank,General Studies, SCPS

Elaine Freedgood, English, FAS

Sharon Friedman, Gallatin

Everett Frost, Film and Television, TSOA

Norm Fruchter, Education Policy, Steinhardt

Brett Gary, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt

Kathleen Gerson, Sociology, FAS

Faye Ginsburg, Anthropology and Culture and Media, FAS

Jeff Goodwin, Sociology, FAS

Linda Gordon, History, FAS

Manu Goswami, History, FAS

Greg Grandin, History, FAS

Adam Green, American Studies, and History, FAS

Ed Guerrero, Cinema Studies, TSOA and Africana Studies, FAS

Douglas Guthrie, Sociology, FAS

Sally Guttmacher, Health Studies, Steinhardt

Yukiko Hanawa, East Asian Studies, FAS

Lynne Haney, Sociology, FAS

Phillip Brian Harper, American Studies and English, FAS

Harry Harootunian, East Asian Studies and History, FAS

Martin Harries, English, FAS

Christine Harrington, Politics, FAS

Vicki Hart, Drama, TSOA

Barbara Heyns, Sociology, FAS

Robert Hinton, Africana Studies, FAS

Martha Hodes, History, FAS

Ruth Horowitz, Sociology, FAS

Philip Hosay, International Education, Steinhardt

Diana Hughes, Psychology, FAS

Kathy Hull, General Studies, SCPS

Steve Hutkins, Gallatin

Virginia Jackson, English, FAS

Walter Johnson, American Studies and History, FAS

Marion Kaplan, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, FAS

Rebecca Karl, History and East Asian Studies, FAS

Eric Klinenberg, Sociology, FAS

Terry Knickerbocker, Drama, TSOA

Barbara Krauthamer, History, FAS

Karen Kupperman, History, FAS

Andrew Lee, Bobst Library

Zachary Lockman, Middle Eastern Studies and History, FAS

Laurence Lockridge, English, FAS

Michele Lowrie, Classics, FAS

Robert Lubar, Institute of Fine Arts, GSAS

Steven Lukes, Sociology, FAS

Richard Maisel, Sociology, FAS

Robert Malgady, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Jane Malmo, Drama, TSOA

Julie Malnig, Gallatin,

Emily Martin, Anthropology, FAS

Randy Martin, Art and Public Policy, TSOA

Paul Mattingly, History, FAS

John Mayher, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

John Maynard, English, FAS

Anna McCarthy, Cinema Studies, TSOA

Robert McChesney, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, FAS

Micki McGee, Draper Program, FAS

Elizabeth McHenry, English, FAS

Sally Merry, Anthropology, FAS

Mark Crispin Miller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt

Toby Miller, American Studies and CLACS, FAS

Bella Mirabella, Gallatin

Nicholas Mirzoeff, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt

Timothy Mitchell, Politics and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS

Sylvia Molloy, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Harvey Molotch, Metropolitan Studies and Sociology, FAS

Jairo Moreno, Music, FAS

Jim Morgan, Fine Arts, FAS

Jose Munoz, Performance Studies, FAS

Judith Némethy, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Eugène Nicole, French, FAS

Lara Nielsen, Drama, TSOA

Molly Nolan, History, FAS

Pedro Noquera, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Lorie Novak, Photography and Imaging, TSOA

Bertell Ollman, Politics, FAS

Christopher Otter, History, FAS

Crystal Parikh, American Studies and English, FAS

Carol Parness, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Cyrus Patell, English, FAS

Michael Peachin, Classics, FAS

Marta Chaves Peixoto, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Ann Pellegrini, Religious Studies, FAS, and Performance Studies, TSOA.

Kimberly Phillips-Fein, Gallatin

Dana Polan, Cinema Studies, TSOA

Mary Louise Pratt, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Arvind Rajagopal, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt

Rayna Rapp, Anthropology, FAS

Nancy Regalado, French, FAS

Timothy Reiss, Comparative Literature, FAS

Fred Ritchin, Photography and Imaging, TSOA

Moss Roberts, East Asian Studies, FAS

Susan Rogers, Anthropology, FAS

Avital Ronell, German, FAS

Renato Rosaldo, Latino Studies and Anthropology, FAS

Andrew Ross, American Studies, FAS

Kristin Ross, Comparative Literature, FAS

Kathleen Ross, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Jeffrey Sammons, History, FAS

Sukhdev Sandhu, A/P/A and English, FAS

Martin Schain, Politics and European Studies; FAS

Ned Seeman, Chemistry, FAS

Richard Sennett, Sociology, FAS

William Serrin, Journalism, FAS

Svati Shah, Gender and Sexuality, FAS

Karen Shimakawa, Performance Studies, TSOA and A/P/A, FAS

Beth Shinn, Psychology, FAS

Ella Shohat, Art and Public Policy, TSOA, and Middle Eastern Studies,
FAS

Patrick Shrout, Psychology, FAS

George Shulman, Gallatin

Richard Sieburth, Comparative Literature and French, FAS

William Simon, Cinema Studies, TSOA

John Singler, Linguistics, FAS

Lok Siu, A/P/A and Anthropology, FAS

Robert Sklar, Cinema Studies, TSOA

Trika Smith-Burke, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Alan Sokal, Physics, FAS

Jeffrey Spear, English, FAS

Judith Stacey, Gender and Sexuality and Sociology, FAS

Robert Stam, Cinema Studies, TSOA

Mitchell Stephens, Journalism, FAS

Guenther Stotzky, Biology, FAS

Lisa M. Stulberg, Humanities and Social Sciences, Steinhardt

Marita Sturken, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt

Eduardo Subirats, Spanish and Portuguese, FAS

Constance Sutton, Anthropology, FAS

Diana Taylor, Performance Studies, TSOA

Jack Tchen, A/P/A and Gallatin

Paul Thompson, Film and Television, TSOA

Sinclair Thomson, History, FAS

Elayne Tobin, General Studies, SCPS

Diana Turk, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Jim Uleman, Psychology, FAS

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt

Keith Vincent, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS

Robert Vorlicky, Drama, TSOA

Joanna Waley-Cohen, History, FAS

Daniel Walkowitz, History and Metropolitan Studies, FAS

Bryan Waterman, English

Marc Walters, Chemistry, FAS

John Waters, English, FAS

Ellen Willis, Journalism, FAS

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Psychology and Public Policy, FAS

Marilyn Young, History, FAS

George Yudice, American Studies and CLACS, FAS

Caitlin Zaloom, Metropolitan Studies and American Studies, FAS

Xudong Zhang, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS

Edward Ziter, Drama, TSOA

Angela Zito, Religious Studies and Anthropology, FAS

Plea to President Sexton

Plea to President Sexton
November 7, 2005

Dear President Sexton,

We are now entering the lonely hour before the GSOC strike. Our NYU community, already wounded, will soon be deeply riven, and, whatever the outcome, it will not recover easily or quickly. We are writing to plead with you to avert the conflict, and to re-open negotiations with the union. The power to prevent the damage lies in your hands, and we are asking you to exercise that power to bring peace to our community. We are the faculty who best know the GAs. They are our students, and we have seen the strength of their commitment. When they say that GSOC is not going away, we believe they mean it. Should there be no negotiations now, GSOC will still be here next semester, next year, and for a long time thereafter. If the union is not restored, we will have no peace on this campus for years to come. The result will bring a general malaise to this campus that will be debilitating, not only to teaching, research, administration, and recruitment of top faculty and graduate students, but also to our self-esteem as an institution that has made such progress of late. We have been astonished by the breadth of faculty sympathy for the strike. More than 400 faculty have requested help in moving their classes off-campus, and many more have decided to teach in their own apartments. Faculty at Tisch, Gallatin, Steinhardt, and many FAS departments have passed resolutions to respect the right of faculty and students not to cross the picket line. We know of no other university where faculty have responded, in such overwhelmingnumbers, to a request for voluntary support from a union. This is a clear indication of how deeply NYU faculty feel about supporting the rights of our graduate students. For the sake of the health of our community, we are asking you to sit down with GSOC reps and recognize, as the administration did before, the two principles that are normative in every other NYU contract (the agency shop, and neutral arbitration). We have resolved to talk to you inperson about this issue. A group of us will gather at the Arch tomorrow (Tuesday) and proceed to Bobst at 12.30pm. We sincerely hope that you will meet with us to discuss this last-minute plea.

Faculty Signatories

Thomas Abercrombie, Anthropology, FAS

Gerard Aching, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Rodolfo Aiello, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Gwendolyn Alker, Drama, TSOA

Richard Allen, Cinema Studies, TSOA

Julian Everett Allgood, Bobst Library

Edwin Amenta, Sociology, FAS

Emily Apter, French, FAS

John Archer, English, FAS

Adam Becker, Classics and Religious Studies, FAS

Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, History, FAS

Zvi Ben-Dor, History and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS

Thomas Bender, History, FAS

Lauren Benton, History, FAS

Amy Bentley,   Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Steinhardt

Edward Berenson, History and French Studies, FAS

Diane Bertolo, Photography and Imaging, TSOA

Renee Blake, Linguistics, FAS

Eliot Borenstein, Russian and Slavic, FAS

Neil Brenner, Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, FAS

David Brimmer, Drama, TSOA

Barbara Browning, Performance Studies, TSOA

Joy Gould Boyum, Humanities Education, Steinhardt

Jane Burbank, History, FAS

Craig Calhoun, Sociology, FAS

Eduardo Capulong, Lawyering Program, Law School

Herrick Chapman, History and French Studies, FAS

Una Chaudhuri, Drama, TSOA, and English, FAS

Vivek Chibber, Sociology, FAS

Robby Cohen, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Jan Cohen-Cruz, Drama, TSOA

Christopher Collins, English, FAS

Joy Connolly, Classics, FAS

Frederick Cooper, History, FAS

Catherine Coray, Drama, TSOA

Nina Cornyetz, Gallatin

Pam Crabtree, Anthropology, FAS

Patricia Crain, English, FAS

Suzanne Cusick, Music, FAS

Laura Daigen-Ayala, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Arlene Davila, American Studies and Anthropology, FAS

Patrick Deer, English, FAS

Mark Dery, Journalism, FAS

Dipti Desai, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt

Angela Dillard, Gallatin

Carolyn Dinshaw, Gender and Sexuality and English, FAS

EL Doctorow, English, FAS

Georgina Dopico Black, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Ana Dopico, Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Thomas Drysdale, Drama, TSOA

Lisa Duggan, American Studies and Gender and Sexuality, FAS

Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin

Troy Duster, Sociology, FAS

Ada Ferrer, History, FAS

Hartry Field, Philosophy, FAS

Alla Fil, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Sybille Fischer, Spanish & Portuguese, FAS

JoEllen Fisherkeller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt

Miriam Frank,General Studies, SCPS

Elaine Freedgood, English, FAS

Sharon Friedman, Gallatin

Everett Frost, Film and Television, TSOA

Norm Fruchter, Education Policy, Steinhardt

David Garland, Law School and Sociology, FAS

Brett Gary, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt

Kathleen Gerson, Sociology, FAS

Michael Gilsenan, Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology, FAS

Faye Ginsburg, Anthropology and Culture and Media, FAS

Jeff Goodwin, Sociology, FAS

Linda Gordon, History, FAS

Manu Goswami, History, FAS

Greg Grandin, History, FAS

Adam Green, American Studies, and History, FAS

Ed Guerrero, Cinema Studies, TSOA and Africana Studies, FAS

Douglas Guthrie, Sociology, FAS

Sally Guttmacher, Health Studies, Steinhardt

Yukiko Hanawa, East Asian Studies, FAS

Lynne Haney, Sociology, FAS

Phillip Brian Harper, American Studies and English, FAS

Martin Harries, English, FAS

Christine Harrington, Politics, FAS

Vicki Hart, Drama, TSOA

Barbara Heyns, Sociology, FAS

Robert Hinton, Africana Studies, FAS

Martha Hodes, History, FAS

Ruth Horowitz, Sociology, FAS

Philip Hosay, International Education, Steinhardt

Diana Hughes, Psychology, FAS

Kathy Hull, General Studies, SCPS

Bernd Huppauf, German, FAS

Steve Hutkins, Gallatin

Virginia Jackson, English, FAS

Walter Johnson, American Studies and History, FAS

Jonathan Kahana, Cinema Studies, TSOA

Marion Kaplan, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, FAS

Rebecca Karl, History and East Asian Studies, FAS

Eric Klinenberg, Sociology, FAS

Terry Knickerbocker, Drama, TSOA

Barbara Krauthamer, History, FAS

Karen Kupperman, History, FAS

Andrew Lee, Bobst Library

Susie Linfield, Journalism, FAS

Zachary Lockman, Middle Eastern Studies and History, FAS

Laurence Lockridge, English, FAS

Michele Lowrie, Classics, FAS

Robert Lubar, Institute of Fine Arts, GSAS

Steven Lukes, Sociology, FAS

Richard Maisel, Sociology, FAS

Robert Malgady, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Jane Malmo, Drama, TSOA

Julie Malnig, Gallatin,

Emily Martin, Anthropology, FAS

Randy Martin, Art and Public Policy, TSOA

Paul Mattingly, History, FAS

John Mayher, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

John Maynard, English, FAS

Anna McCarthy, Cinema Studies, TSOA

Robert McChesney, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, FAS

Micki McGee, Draper Program, FAS

Elizabeth McHenry, English, FAS

Sally Merry, Anthropology, FAS

Mark Crispin Miller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt

Toby Miller, American Studies and CLACS, FAS

Bella Mirabella, Gallatin

Nicholas Mirzoeff, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt

Timothy Mitchell, Politics and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS

Sylvia Molloy, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Harvey Molotch, Metropolitan Studies and Sociology, FAS

Jairo Moreno, Music, FAS

Jim Morgan, Fine Arts, FAS

Jose Munoz, Performance Studies, FAS

Fred Myers, Anthropology, FAS

Judith N é methy, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Eug P ne Nicole, French, FAS

Lara Nielsen, Drama, TSOA

Molly Nolan, History, FAS

Pedro Noquera, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Lorie Novak, Photography and Imaging, TSOA

Tavia Nyong=o, Performance Studies, TSOA

Bertell Ollman, Politics, FAS

Christopher Otter, History, FAS

Crystal Parikh, American Studies and English, FAS

Carol Parness, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Cyrus Patell, English, FAS

Michael Peachin, Classics, FAS

Marta Chaves Peixoto, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Ann Pellegrini, Religious Studies, FAS, and Performance Studies, TSOA.

Kimberly Phillips-Fein, Gallatin  

Dana Polan, Cinema Studies, TSOA

Mary Louise Pratt, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Arvind Rajagopal, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt

Rayna Rapp, Anthropology, FAS

Christopher Ratte, Classics, FAS

Nancy Regalado, French, FAS

Timothy Reiss, Comparative Literature, FAS

Fred Ritchin, Photography and Imaging, TSOA

Moss Roberts, East Asian Studies, FAS

Susan Rogers, Anthropology, FAS

Avital Ronell, German, FAS

Renato Rosaldo, Latino Studies and Anthropology, FAS

Andrew Ross, American Studies, FAS

Kristin Ross, Comparative Literature, FAS

Kathleen Ross, Spanish and Portugese, FAS

Jeffrey Sammons, History, FAS

Sukhdev Sandhu, A/P/A and English, FAS

Bambi Schieffelin, Anthropology, FAS

Martin Schain, Politics and European Studies; FAS

Ned Seeman, Chemistry, FAS

Richard Sennett, Sociology, FAS

William Serrin, Journalism, FAS

Svati Shah, Gender and Sexuality, FAS

Karen Shimakawa, Performance Studies, TSOA and A/P/A, FAS

Beth Shinn, Psychology, FAS

Ella Shohat, Art and Public Policy, TSOA, and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS

Patrick Shrout, Psychology, FAS

George Shulman, Gallatin

Richard Sieburth, Comparative Literature and French, FAS

William Simon, Cinema Studies, TSOA

John Singler, Linguistics, FAS

Lok Siu, A/P/A and Anthropology, FAS

Robert Sklar, Cinema Studies, TSOA

Trika Smith-Burke, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Alan Sokal, Physics, FAS

Jeffrey Spear, English, FAS

Judith Stacey, Gender and Sexuality and Sociology, FAS

Robert Stam, Cinema Studies, TSOA

Mitchell Stephens, Journalism, FAS

Guenther Stotzky, Biology, FAS

Lisa M. Stulberg, Humanities and Social Sciences, Steinhardt

Marita Sturken, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt

Eduardo Subirats, Spanish and Portuguese, FAS

Constance Sutton, Anthropology, FAS

Diana Taylor, Performance Studies, TSOA

Jack Tchen, A/P/A and Gallatin

Paul Thompson, Film and Television, TSOA

Sinclair Thomson, History, FAS

Elayne Tobin, General Studies, SCPS

Diana Turk, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt

Jim Uleman, Psychology, FAS

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt

Keith Vincent, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS

Robert Vorlicky, Drama, TSOA

Joanna Waley-Cohen, History, FAS

Daniel Walkowitz, History and Metropolitan Studies, FAS

Marc Walters, Chemistry, FAS

Bryan Waterman, English, FAS

John Waters, English, FAS

Ellen Willis, Journalism, FAS

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Psychology and Public Policy, FAS

Marilyn Young, History, FAS

George Yudice, American Studies and CLACS, FAS

Caitlin Zaloom, Metropolitan Studies and American Studies, FAS

Xudong Zhang, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS  

Edward Ziter, Drama, TSOA

Angela Zito, Religious Studies and Anthropology, FAS

From Faculty Democracy to WSN

An Open Letter to the NYU Community from Faculty Democracy

As members of Faculty Democracy, an organization of over 200 NYU
professors, we would like to respond to the e-mail President John
Sexton and Provost David McLaughlin sent to undergraduates last week in
reference to the graduate teachers union and the possibility of a
strike. The President and Provost have it in their power to avert a
strike. Instead, they have chosen to exacerbate the crisis, using
provocative language to misrepresent the concerns of graduate students.

In 2000, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – the federal body
that administers labor law — decided in a unanimous bi-partisan ruling
that graduate student teachers at private universities had the legal
right to elect union representation. That same year, a majority of
NYU’s Graduate Assistants voted in a government-sponsored election in
favor of unionization. In 2002, NYU, under the leadership of Sexton’s
predecessor Jay Oliva, negotiated a contract with the Graduate Students
Organizing Committee, or GSOC.

That contract has benefited everyone. Graduate students have, of
course, materially benefited from better wages, improved working
conditions, and expanded health care. NYU too has gained immensely, as
it is now able to attract the best applicants to our graduate programs,
making us competitive with other top-notch research universities. As
teachers and directors of graduate and undergraduate studies, moreover,
we have found that, under the contract, the university has functioned
more efficiently these last three years. Contrary to administration
claims, we have experienced no attempt by the union to set academic
policy or to institutionalize a confrontational culture between GAs and
their professors. GSOC members have acted responsibly, fully invested
in our university’s mission to provide you with a quality education.

Unfortunately, the settlement worked out in 2002 was not to last. The
Bush administration changed the composition of the NLRB to make it
harder for unions to organize. The new NLRB reversed its earlier
decision guaranteeing teaching assistants the right to unionize. This
year, as the contract signed in 2002 was set to expire, NYU
administrators took advantage of this reversal by announcing that they
would no longer recognize the union.

The Sexton/ McLaughlin letter claims that NYU made a good-faith offer
to GSOC to continue representing students on economic, rather than
academic, issues. But this is pure spin. The administration gave GSOC
48 hours to accept a contract that contradicted the very definition of
what it means to be represented by a union. It contained a clause,
for example, that, if enacted, would have prohibited outside
arbitration, requiring that all grievances be resolved not by a neutral
third party but by the NYU Provost acting unilaterally. It also would
have made it difficult for GSOC to collect dues from its members.

The Bush administration’s reversal of the 2000 NLRB decision simply
means that NYU is no longer legally required to negotiate with the
graduate students’ democratically elected representative. But we
believe that it is still morally obligated to do so. If GSOC is forced
to strike, it is only because of the administration’s intransigence.

We also take issue with the administration’s inflammatory rhetoric.
The Sexton/ McLaughlin letter invokes the image of “auto workers”
descending on our campus to disrupt your education. The letter failed
to make clear, however, that GSOC is an organization made up entirely
of members of the NYU community. It is an affiliate of the United Auto
Workers union, as are unions representing the journalists at the
Village Voice, the staff of the Museum of Modern Art, as well as
graduate students at the University of California and the University of
Massachusetts.

President Sexton and Provost McLaughlin also declare that “the standard
financial aid package received by a doctoral student as a GA is valued
in excess of $50,000 a year.” This is clever phrasing, designed to
mislead without being an outright lie. The actual graduate student
stipend is on average $19,000 a year. The rest of the package is
primarily tuition remission and other benefits – benefits, it should be
added, that were often secured for graduate students by the union.

It is in the administration’s power to avoid the disruption that they
predict but that they themselves are provoking. We call on the
administration to sit down and negotiate in good faith with the
graduate students.

Thomas Abercrombie, Anthropology, FAS
Gerard Aching, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Rodolfo Aiello, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Gwendolyn Alker, Drama, TSOA
Richard Allen, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Julian Everett Allgood, Bobst Library
Edwin Amenta, Sociology, FAS
Emily Apter, French, FAS
John Archer, English, FAS
Adam Becker, Classics and Religious Studies, FAS
Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, History, FAS
Zvi Ben-Dor, History and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS
Thomas Bender, History, FAS
Lauren Benton, History, FAS
Edward Berenson, History and French Studies, FAS
Renee Blake, Linguistics, FAS
Eliot Borenstein, Russian and Slavic, FAS
Neil Brenner, Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, FAS
David Brimmer, Drama, TSOA
Barbara Browning, Performance Studies, TSOA
Joy Gould Boyum, Humanities Education, Steinhardt
Jane Burbank, History, FAS
Craig Calhoun, Sociology, FAS
Eduardo Capulong, Lawyering Program, Law School
Herrick Chapman, History and French Studies, FAS
Una Chaudhuri, Drama, TSOA, and English, FAS
Vivek Chibber, Sociology, FAS
Robby Cohen, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jan Cohen-Cruz, Drama, TSOA
Christopher Collins, English, FAS
Joy Connolly, Classics, FAS
Frederick Cooper, History, FAS
Catherine Coray, Drama, TSOA
Pam Crabtree, Anthropology, FAS
Patricia Crain, English, FAS
Suzanne Cusick, Music, FAS
Laura Daigen-Ayala, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Arlene Davila, American Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Patrick Deer, English, FAS
Mark Dery, Journalism, FAS
Dipti Desai, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt
Angela Dillard, Gallatin
Carolyn Dinshaw, Gender and Sexuality and English, FAS
EL Doctorow, English, FAS
Georgina Dopico Black, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Ana Dopico, Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Thomas Drysdale, Drama, TSOA
Lisa Duggan, American Studies and Gender and Sexuality, FAS
Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin
Troy Duster, Sociology, FAS
Ada Ferrer, History, FAS
Hartry Field, Philosophy, FAS
Alla Fil, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Sybille Fischer, Spanish & Portuguese, FAS
JoEllen Fisherkeller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Miriam Frank,General Studies, SCPS
Elaine Freedgood, English, FAS
Sharon Friedman, Gallatin
Everett Frost, Film and Television, TSOA
Norm Fruchter, Education Policy, Steinhardt
David Garland, Law School and Sociology, FAS
Brett Gary, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Kathleen Gerson, Sociology, FAS
Michael Gilsenan, Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Faye Ginsburg, Anthropology and Culture and Media, FAS
Jeff Goodwin, Sociology, FAS
Linda Gordon, History, FAS
Manu Goswami, History, FAS
Greg Grandin, History, FAS
Adam Green, American Studies, and History, FAS
Ed Guerrero, Cinema Studies, TSOA and Africana Studies, FAS
Douglas Guthrie, Sociology, FAS
Sally Guttmacher, Health Studies, Steinhardt
Yukiko Hanawa, East Asian Studies
Lynne Haney, Sociology, FAS
Phillip Brian Harper, American Studies and English, FAS
Harry Harootunian, East Asian Studies and History, FAS
Martin Harries, English, FAS
Christine Harrington, Politics, FAS
Vicki Hart, Drama, TSOA
Barbara Heyns, Sociology, FAS
Robert Hinton, Africana Studies, FAS
Martha Hodes, History, FAS
David W. Hogg, Physics, FAS
Ruth Horowitz, Sociology, FAS
Philip Hosay, International Education, Steinhardt
Diana Hughes, Psychology, FAS
Kathy Hull, General Studies, SCPS
Virginia Jackson, English, FAS
Walter Johnson, American Studies and History, FAS
Marion Kaplan, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, FAS
Rebecca Karl, History and East Asian Studies, FAS
Eric Klinenberg, Sociology, FAS
Terry Knickerbocker, Drama, TSOA
Karen Kupperman, History, FAS
Andrew Lee, Bobst Library
Susie Linfield, Journalism, FAS
Zachary Lockman, Middle Eastern Studies and History, FAS
Laurence Lockridge, English, FAS
Michele Lowrie, Classics, FAS
Robert Lubar, Institute of Fine Arts, GSAS
Steven Lukes, Sociology, FAS
Richard Maisel, Sociology, FAS
Robert Malgady, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jane Malmo, Drama, TSOA
Julie Malnig, Gallatin,
Emily Martin, Anthropology, FAS
Randy Martin, Art and Public Policy, TSOA
Paul Mattingly, History, FAS
John Mayher, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
John Maynard, English, FAS
Anna McCarthy, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Robert McChesney, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, FAS
Micki McGee, Draper Program, FAS
Elizabeth McHenry, English, FAS
Mark Crispin Miller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Toby Miller, American Studies and CLACS, FAS
Bella Mirabella, Gallatin
Nicholas Mirzoeff, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt
Timothy Mitchell, Politics and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS
Sylvia Molloy, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Harvey Molotch, Metropolitan Studies and Sociology, FAS
Jairo Moreno, Music, FAS
Jim Morgan, Fine Arts, FAS
Jose Munoz, Performance Studies, FAS
Judith Némethy, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Eugène Nicole, French, FAS
Lara Nielsen, Drama, TSOA
Molly Nolan, History, FAS
Pedro Noquera, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Lorie Novak, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Tavia Nyongo, Performance Studies, TSOA
Bertell Ollman, Politics, FAS
Christopher Otter, History, FAS
Crystal Parikh, American Studies and English, FAS
Carol Parness, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Cyrus Patell, English, FAS
Michael Peachin, Classics, FAS
Marta Chaves Peixoto, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Ann Pellegrini, Religious Studies, FAS, and Performance Studies, TSOA.
Kimberly Phillips-Fein, Gallatin
Dana Polan, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Mary Louise Pratt, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Arvind Rajagopal, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Rayna Rapp, Anthropology, FAS
Christopher Ratte, Classics, FAS
Nancy Regalado, French, FAS
Timothy Reiss, Comparative Literature, FAS
Fred Ritchin, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Moss Roberts, East Asian Studies, FAS
Susan Rogers, Anthropology, FAS
Avital Ronell, German, FAS
Renato Rosaldo, Latino Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Andrew Ross, American Studies, FAS
Kristin Ross, Comparative Literature, FAS
Kathleen Ross, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Jeffrey Sammons, History, FAS
Sukhdev Sandhu, A/P/A and English, FAS
Bambi Schieffelin, Anthropology, FAS
Martin Schain, Politics and European Studies; FAS
Ned Seeman, Chemistry, FAS
Richard Sennett, Sociology, FAS
Svati Shah, Gender and Sexuality, FAS
Karen Shimakawa, Performance Studies, TSOA and A/P/A, FAS
Beth Shinn, Psychology, FAS
Ella Shohat, Art and Public Policy, TSOA, and Middle Eastern Studies,
FAS
John Shovlin, History, FAS
Patrick Shrout, Psychology, FAS
George Shulman, Gallatin
Richard Sieburth, Comparative Literature and French, FAS
William Simon, Cinema Studies, TSOA
John Singler, Linguistics, FAS
Lok Siu, A/P/A and Anthropology, FAS
Robert Sklar, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Trika Smith-Burke, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Alan Sokal, Physics, FAS
Jeffrey Spear, English, FAS
Judith Stacey, Gender and Sexuality and Sociology, FAS
Robert Stam, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Mitchell Stephens, Journalism, FAS
Guenther Stotzky, Biology, FAS
Lisa M. Stulberg, Humanities and Social Sciences, Steinhardt
Marita Sturken, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Eduardo Subirats, Spanish and Portuguese, FAS
Constance Sutton, Anthropology, FAS
Diana Taylor, Performance Studies, TSOA
Jack Tchen, A/P/A and Gallatin
Paul Thompson, Film and Television, TSOA
Sinclair Thomson, History, FAS
Elayne Tobin, General Studies, SCPS
Diana Turk, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jim Uleman, Psychology, FAS
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Keith Vincent, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS
Robert Vorlicky, Drama, TSOA
Joanna Waley-Cohen, History, FAS
Daniel Walkowitz, History and Metropolitan Studies, FAS
Marc Walters, Chemistry, FAS
John Waters, English, FAS
Ellen Willis, Journalism, FAS
Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Psychology and Public Policy, FAS
Marilyn Young, History, FAS
George Yudice, American Studies and CLACS, FAS
Caitlin Zaloom, Metropolitan Studies and American Studies, FAS
Xudong Zhang, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS
Edward Ziter, Drama, TSOA
Angela Zito, Religious Studies and Anthropology, FAS