Current Faculty

 

Nkosi Ife Bandele

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Nkosi Ife Bandele is a storyteller who has worked as journalist and has written for stage, TV, and film. His first novel, The Ape is Dead!, has recently been published by Crimson Cloak Publishing (July 2016). He is a longtime teacher in the first-year writing program, offering the wildly popular classes Too Cool for School and What’s Love Got to do with It?. A detailed description of his teaching can be found on his Lang Faculty Page and more information about his writing is available on his Facebook fan page.

 

Nina Boutsikaris

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Nina Boutsikaris received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona and has taught first-year writing and creative writing for several years, with a focus on genre resistance. Her work appears in Fourth Genre, Brevity, The Los Angeles Review, Hobart, and elsewhere. A new piece will appear this spring in Third Coast Magazine. Recent awards and honors include a 2016 nomination for the Pushcart Prize, a notable mention in Best American Essays 2016, a 2016 Peter Taylor Teaching Fellowship at The Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop, and Redivider‘s 2015 Beacon Street Prize for Nonfiction. In addition to her classes at Lang, she also teaches in the Gotham Writers Workshop. Her current project revolves around an archive of intimacies, real and imagined.

 

Olga Breydo

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Olga Breydo received her M.Arch from The Bartlett School of Architecture in London and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. Her fiction and nonfiction appear in Slice Magazine, Joyland Magazine, The Cossack Review, and Bodega Magazine. Her critical essay “Nabokov’s Space-time” was longlisted for the Notting Hill Editions Prize in 2015. She is a staff reader for Epiphany literary journal.

 

Christen Clifford

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Christen Clifford is a writer, performer, and part-time lecturer at The New School, where she teaches Contemporary Feminisms, What is Rape Culture?, and The Body in Performance Art. She has published in Salon, Smith magazine, HuffPo and The Brooklyn Rail. Her piece “Mother,Daughter,Mustache” was included in the best selling anthology Women In Clothes and called “a standout essay” by Bookforum. She has performed at The New Museum, PS 122, Grace Exhibition Space and Joe’s Pub. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Bustle, MTV News, and Nylon. She is a curator at Dixon Place and volunteers with Girls Write Now.

 

Lucas Corcoran

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Lucas Corcoran is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY, currently working on his dissertation that explores the sociolinguistic idea of “languaging” in relation to rhetoric, pedagogy, and institutionalized language ideologies. At the Graduate Center, Lucas holds a Graduate Center Fellowship, a Graduate Teaching Fellowship, and currently serves as a Research Praxis Fellow in the multilingualism cluster at the Advanced Research Collaborative. In the fall of 2016, Lucas presented his research at Dartmouth’s Writing and Rhetoric Conference and The Thomas R. Watson Conference on Composition. In the spring of 2017, the Council on Basic Writing featured his work on translingual teaching practices at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the field’s national conference, as part of their featured session entitled, “Emerging Voices in Basic Writing.” Lucas has a co-authored book chapter for a collection for SUNY press forthcoming, which focuses on designing and implementing a translingual approach for developmental writing and ALP courses. Outside the field of Composition/Rhetoric Studies, Lucas maintains an active intellectual interest in linguistic anthropology, existential philosophy, and intellectual history.

 

 

Tara FitzGerald

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Tara FitzGerald is a writer, journalist, translator and educator. She was a staff correspondent for Reuters, based variously in London, Frankfurt, Bonn, Dubai, and Moscow, and also worked as a freelance journalist in Mexico City. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and Literary Translation from Columbia University and a BA in English Literature from Oxford University. Tara is currently working on a nonfiction book about the communities living on the shores of Central Asia’s dying Aral Sea—a phenomenon the U.N. has called “one of the world’s worst environmental disasters.” In 2016, she was awarded the Waterston Desert Writing Prize in recognition of her work on the Aral Sea.

 

 

Shahnaz Habib

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Shahnaz Habib is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her fiction and essays have been published in Creative Nonfiction, Agni, Brevity, Elsewhere, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Caravan, Afar, and other magazines. Shahnaz is the founding editor of Laundry. Born and raised in Kerala, India, Shahnaz works as a press officer for the United Nations and teaches writing at Gotham Writers workshop and Bay Path University.

 

Haley Hach

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This is Haley Hach’s fourth year at Eugene Lang College, teaching essay writing about the importance and necessity of Fairy Tales, the phenomena of symbolism, the transmutation of life into story, the experience of leaving, writing and making a home for ourselves. She is a Fiction Graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has a MA in Comparative Literature from Portland State University and a BA in Language, Literaure & the Arts from Eugene Lang. She has published stories in Narrative Magazine, Raritan, 5Chapters, Cutbank, Santa Monica Review, The Saint Anne’s Review, Able Muse, and others. She is currently finishing her first novel.

 

Mario Hernandez

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Mario Hernandez is a PhD candidate in the sociology department at The New School for Social Research. He has taught at The New School since 2011 and his subject areas primarily focus on themes in urban sociology, design, race and ethnicity, media studies and sociology of culture. Mario is currently completing his dissertation work on the gentrification process in Bushwick, Brooklyn. His work centers on the political, economic and cultural implications of the resurgence of American cities. In particular, he investigates the role of artists in the “revitalization” and “branding” of cities and its implications for the neighborhood of Bushwick.

 

 

Scott Korb

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Scott Korb, the director of first-year writing, has been teaching writing courses and advising seminars at Eugene Lang since 2007, often with a focus on religion, food, music, narrative nonfiction, and the writings of David Foster Wallace. He is the author and editor of several books, including The Faith Between Us (Bloomsbury, 2007), Life in Year One (Riverhead, 2010), Light without Fire (Beacon, 2013), and two academic titles: The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers (UNC Press, 2008), winner of the American Historical Association’s J. Franklin Jameson award, and Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014). He can be found on Twitter and Facebook and at his New School teaching portfolio.

 

Joseph Lemelin

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Joseph Lemelin is interested in aesthetics, the history of philosophy, and the history of artificial intelligence research. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Boston College and is currently finishing a PhD at The New School for Social Research. His work focuses on how the distinction between natural things and artifacts emerged in the philosophy of Aristotle and was then appropriated and overturned in the later Aristotle commentator tradition. Joseph was recently a fellow at the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought and formerly Senior Editor at the Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal.

 

Jonathan Liebson

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Jonathan Liebson is a longtime teacher of first-year writing and an academic advisor at Eugene Lang. His courses focus on short fiction, narrative or personal essays, and issues in contemporary culture. A longer description of his teaching and writing philosophy can be found on his Lang Faculty Page. His essays, book reviews, and short stories have appeared in Time Out New York, The Georgia Review, American Book Review, Meridian, Passages North, and Harvard Review; in the anthology Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer (Random House); and have been performed at the InterAct Theatre Company’s Writing Aloud series, in Philadelphia. His writing (and photographs) can be found at jonathanliebson.com.

 

Stephen Massimilla

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Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, translator, lecturer, painter, photographer, and author. His 500-page co-authored volume Cooking with the Muse (Tupelo Press, 2016), includes hundreds of original poems, recipes, essays, and color photos. Acclaim for his other books includes an SFASU Press Prize for The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat; the Bordighera/CUNY Poetry Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday; the Grolier Poetry Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer award, selected by Kenneth Koch, and other honors. He has also translated books by Pablo Neruda and others. Massimilla has recent work in hundreds of publications from AGNI to Verse Daily. He holds an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University and teaches at Columbia University and The New School. He has exhibited his paintings in many cities, been interviewed on radio and television, presented papers at numerous conferences, and performed his work at venues ranging from The Natural Gourmet to Carnegie Hall.

 

 

M. Henry Milks

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M. Henry Milks has taught first-year writing, creative writing, literature, and gender studies at the college level for more than ten years. They are the author of Kill Marguerite and Other Stories, winner of the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award finalist, as well as three chapbooks, most recently The Feels, an exploration of fan fiction and affect published by Black Warrior Review. Their critical writing, for which they won a 2014 Critical Hit Award from Electric Lit, has been published in Los Angeles Book Review, The New Inquiry, and 4Columns, among other venues. Their work as editor includes The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, 2011-2013 (Northwestern UP, 2015) and Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (Routledge, 2014); currently, they edit the Fiction section of The Account.

 

Zoe Rana Mungin

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Zoe Rana Mungin was born and raised in East New York, a part of Brooklyn that gentrifiers have only just begun to explore. She’s a graduate of Wellesley College, and currently writes and teaches in the New York area, where she attempts to explain the profundity of the semicolon to her students with varying levels of success. She watches a lot of hockey. She’s currently working on a project that explores the intersection of colored girls and Sailor Moon.

 

Paul Nadal

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Paul Nadal, Visiting Assistant Professor of First­-Year Writing, teaches essay writing on the topics of globalization and critical theories of finance. He is completing his dissertation, Remittance Fiction: Human Capital Export and the Rise of the Filipino Anglophone Novel, in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, under the direction of Colleen Lye and Judith Butler. Research for this project has been supported by a dissertation fellowship from UC Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies and a grant from the Joint Centre of History and Economics at Cambridge and Harvard University.

 

Sara Nović

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Sara Nović received her MFA from Columbia University with dual concentrations in fiction and literary translation. She has taught rhetorical and creative writing at Columbia, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Wesleyan University, Catapult, and with the nonprofit Words After War. She is also the fiction editor for Blunderbuss MagazineHer first novel, Girl at War (Random House, 2015), is currently being translated into twelve languages.

 

Rebecca Reilly

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Rebecca Reilly teaches creative writing at The New School and is a doctoral candidate at The C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center where she is writing a dissertation on repetition in the poetry of Gertrude Stein. She taught for a number of years at The University of Paris, Nanterre, and has taught at The New School, Parsons Paris, as well as Humboldt University in Berlin. Her first book, Repetition, was published by Four Way Books in 2015. The book received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was chosen by author Maggie Nelson for a Publishers Weekly round-up of the top books of 2015, as well as reviewed by Nelson as one of six “nonfiction writers to watch” in Vela. It was reviewed in The Boston Globe and selected by poet and author Susan Wheeler as one of her favorite books of 2015 in Princeton Weekly.

 

Rollo Romig

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Rollo Romig writes and has written in a wide range of customizable shapes and sizes, including theater criticism for The New Yorker magazine, feature stories about India for The New York Times Magazine, general-assignment news reporting for The Cambodia Daily, and essays about religion, culture, Detroit, and other assorted topics for other assorted publications. He also teaches journalism at New York University.

 

Kristi Marie Steinmetz

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Kristi Marie Steinmetz earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and her PhD in English from Florida State University. She’s been teaching writing, literature, and poetic technique since 2001. Her undergraduate courses often focus on cultural memoirs, desire narratives, visual texts, identity politics, gender and race. She has published work in Poetry Northwest, ducts.org, and Finding Our Way: A Writing Teacher’s Sourcebook (Houghton Mifflin). Currently, along with teaching at The New School and New York University, her creative and pedagogical projects include revising a trilogy of auto-fiction into prosody and working toward her TESOL Certification.