Lang Faculty named Gidest Fellows

  • Posted on: October 5, 2015
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2015-16 Fellows

Orit Halpern, Assistant Professor in History at The New School of Social Research and Eugene Lang College, and an Affiliate in the Design Studies Graduate Program at Parsons. Her research centers on histories of digital media, cybernetics, cognition and neuroscience, architecture, planning, and design.

Laura Liu, Associate Professor of Urban Studies. Her research focuses on community organizing, urban social movements, race, gender, and labor politics in immigrant communities, and on New York City’s Chinatown.

Rafi Youatt is Assistant Professor of Politics at The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. His work explores the multiple ways that politics works across, through, and in spite of species differences.


2014-15 Fellows

Julie Beth Napolin is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at Eugene Lang College. Working between sound studies, American studies, and literary modernism, she explores practices and philosophies of listening in relation to the modernist novel.

Rachel Sherman is Associate Professor of Sociology at The New School for Social Research. She studies labor, social class, and production and consumption in the service economy.


Hugh Raffles is Director of GIDEST and Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. His work is a sustained ethnographic inquiry into relations between humans, animals, and things.


Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and based in The New School for Social Research, the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought incubates transdisciplinary ethnographic research at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university. GIDEST draws on The New School’s tradition of politically-engaged, historically-grounded, and theoretically-innovative social research, as well as our strengths as a center of design thinking and practice. The Institute annually supports five faculty and five doctoral fellows, and provides members of the campus community with a lively and inventive research environment and a focused interdisciplinary space in which to develop their ideas.


GIDEST annually supports five faculty and five doctoral fellowships. All full-time New School faculty and registered New School doctoral students are eligible to apply.

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