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Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

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Julia Foulkes

Julia Foulkes is Professor of History in the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students at The New School for Public Engagement. She investigates the intersection of arts and cities and is researching the rise of New York as a capital of culture in the 20th century. 

JULIA FOULKES, Professor of History in the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students at The New School for Public Engagement, investigates interdisciplinary questions about the arts, urban studies, and history in her research and teaching. She is the author of Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey (2002); To the City: Urban Photographs of the New Deal  (2011); and A Place for Us: West Side Story and New York (2016).

Julia is also the editor of a journal volume on The Arts in Place (Journal of Social History, 2010) and co-editor with Aaron Shkuda of a section of essays on arts and urban development in the Journal of Urban History (2015). At GIDEST, she will be exploring the rise of cosmopolitanism and the arts amidst urban development, exemplified by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

With Mark Larrimore, Julia leads efforts to research the history of The New School and oversees a website devoted to exploring the unusual history and far reach of this institution. She has also been a lead faculty member of the Humanities Action Lab, an international hub where the humanities and design generate innovative curricula and public engagement with urgent social issues. The first exhibition, States of Incarceration, examines the history of imprisonment in the U.S.