Faculty members at the New York City university can discuss the history and purpose of this event; gender disparities in the economy, healthcare, mental health; women and nonbinary person’s contributions to politics, social movements, labor, fashion, arts, civil rights, and environmental issues

New York, March 1, 2023—Faculty experts at The New School, a progressive New York City university with academic programs in gender and sexuality studies, media and culture, social justice, economics, international affairs, liberal arts and more, are available for comment on Women's History Month.

Faculty members can speak on a range of issues, including the history and purpose of Women's History Month; women and nonbinary person's contributions to politics, art, design, literature, civil rights and environmental issues; and gender disparities in the economy and healthcare.

The faculty members are:


  • Teresa Ghilarducci, Schwartz Professor of Economics and Policy Analysis, is a labor economist, a nationally recognized expert in retirement security, and the director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) that focuses on economic policy research and outreach.
    Areas of expertise: Women and labor, Older women workers, Women and retirement
  • Rachel Sherman, Professor of Sociology, is the author of Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence and Class Acts: Service and Inequality in Luxury Hotels. Her work investigates how and why unequal social relations are reproduced, legitimated, and contested, and in how these processes are embedded in identity, and moral worth. 
    Areas of expertise: Labor and gender issues
  • Julia Ott, Associate Professor of History, is the director of the Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies. Her work focuses on critical histories of capitalism. She has been featured on BBC, NPR, C-SPAN, PBS, The New York Times, and Bloomberg.
    Areas of expertise: Women and labor, Capitalism


  • Rhonda Garelick, Dean of Art and Design History and Theory, writes on fashion, design, art, performance, literature, and politics. She is the author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History; Electric Salome: Loie Fuller’s Performance of Modernism; Rising Star: Dandyism, Gender, and Performance in the Fin de Siècle; and co-editor of Fabulous Harlequin: ORLAN and the Patchwork Self.
    Areas of expertise: Fashion History, Design Criticism, Fashion Studies
  • Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor of Media Design, is the director of PETLab (Prototyping Evaluation, Teaching and Learning lab), a joint project of Games for Change and Parsons focused on developing new games, simulations, and play experiences which encourage experimental learning and investigation into social and global issues. In addition to work in social games and interactive media, her research focuses on the social aspects of design and prototyping process. 
    Areas of expertise: Video Games, Interactive Design
  • Margot Bouman, Assistant Professor of Visual Culture, served as founding co-director of The New School’s cross-college certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She’s working on a book about the interplay between the avant-garde movement and broadcast television that took place between the 1940s and the 1980s. Through the work of artists including Nam June Paik, Harun Farocki, Cindy Sherman and Douglas Gordon, the book explores television as a new artistic medium in modern art.
    Areas of expertise: Gender and Sexuality, Visual Culture
  • Simone Douglas, Professor of Photography, works across photography, video and installation, and has curated numerous exhibitions. Her works have been exhibited internationally at, and are held in, collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Most recently, Simone is running an international visual research project, The Exquisite Corpse. 
    Areas of expertise: Fine Arts, Photography
  • Francesca Granata, Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies, research centers on modern and contemporary visual and material culture with a particular focus on fashion history and theory, gender and performance studies. Her monograph Experimental Fashion, Performance Art, Carnival and the Grotesque Body examines the way experimental fashion at the turn of the twenty-first century mediated shifting gender norms and the AIDS crisis. 
    Areas of expertise: Fashion History, Fashion Criticism, Visual Culture, Gender and performance studies
  • Michele Gorman, Program Director for MFA Interior Design, is a designer and technologist, and has designed and built a number of award-winning objects, exhibitions, and spaces for clients such as the Public Theater, Target, Green-Wood Cemetery, New School’s Center for Data Art, ArchiteXX within the urban interior. As a design educator, she has worked towards a radically inclusive pedagogy in co-authorship with institutions in the Global South and North. 
    Areas of expertise: Interior Design


  • Natalia Mehlman-Petrzela, Associate Professor of History, work has explored the roots of the culture wars in American public schools, specifically amid heated battles over sexuality and bilingual education. Her current book project, FIT NATION: How Americans Embraced Exercise As the Government Abandoned It, traces the rise of “fitness culture” since the 1950s, asking how and why Americans have increasingly linked fitness regimes to the pursuit of self-fulfillment even as access to affordable and free fitness has declined.
    Areas of expertise: Politics and culture, Gender, Race, Identity, and Class
  • Cinzia Arruzza, Associate Professor of Philosophy, is the co-author of Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto, A Wolf in the City: Tyranny and the Tyrant in Plato's Republic, and Dangerous Liaisons, Marriages and Divorces of Marxism and Feminism.
    Areas of expertise: Feminism, capitalism, gender, Women's Strike and organizing   
  • Nancy Fraser, Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science, is the co-author of Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto. Her work focuses on social and political theory, feminist theory, and contemporary French and German thought. 
    Areas of expertise: Feminist theory, Capitalism, Gender


  • Lillian Polanco-Roman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is a licensed clinical psychologist and her research focuses on the intersecting areas of cultural psychology, mental health, and youth development. Her work investigates the sociocultural context in the promotion of mental well-being among racial/ethnic minority and immigrant youth. 
    Areas of expertise: Suicide and gender, Race/ethnicity, Youth
  • Lisa Rubin, Associate Professor of Psychology, is the co-founder of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute. Her work focuses on body image, gender and health, feminist identity, and psychological aspects of medical procedures.
    Areas of expertise: Gender and health; Psychological aspects of cosmetic/reconstructive surgery; Hereditary cancer risk; Assisted reproductive technologies; Abortion and mental health reproductive issues


  • McKenzie Wark, Professor of Culture and Media, is the co-director of the Gender and Sexualities Issues Institute. Her research focuses on transgender studies, and is currently working on a book about the queer and trans rave scene in New York, studying nightlife and subcultures.
    Areas of expertise: Media and culture, Transgender studies, Nightlife and subcultures
  • Chiara Bottici, Associate Professor of Philosophy, is the co-director of the Gender and Sexualities Studies Institute and has written extensively on feminism, racism, critical theory, the history of European philosophy, capitalism, post- and decolonial studies, and aesthetics.
    Areas of expertise: Gender, Sexuality, Anarchafeminism, Feminist philosophy  


  • Romy Opperman, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy, focuses on issues of environmental justice through the lenses of Black feminist and decolonial philosophy. 
    Areas of expertise: Gender, Race and ecology, Black feminism


  • Cecilia Rubino, Associate Professor of Theater, work focuses on theater as a medium for social change, transformative arts education, and theater and health advocacy.
    Areas of expertise: Civic engagement and social justice in the theater

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.




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