Read below for a sampling of awards and honors earned by NYU faculty in 2020-2021.


Fred Moten, Professor of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, was named a 2020 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Fred Moten

Fred Moten

Michael Lindsey

Michael Lindsey

Lala Straussner

Lala Straussner

Michael A. Lindsey, Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at the Silver School of Social Work, received the University of Pittsburgh’s Larry E. Davis Award for Excellence in Race Research.

Lala Straussner, Professor in the Silver School of Social Work, has been named a Fellow of the Israeli National Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Professor in the Silver School of Social Work, was inducted to the American Academy of Nursing’s 2020 Class of Fellows.

The Steinhardt School's Ikuko Acosta, Clinical Associate Professor of Art and Art Professions and Marygrace Berberian, Clinical Assistant Professor of Art Therapy, are the 2020 recipients of the Rawley Silver Research Award from the American Art Therapy Association.

Kristie Patten

Kristie Patten, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at the Steinhardt School, won the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award, the highest honor in her field.

Howard Rosenthal, Professor of Politics in FAS, has won the Career Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Political Methodology.

Four members of the faculty were recognized with NYU's Making a Difference Awards, presented biennially to members of the NYU community who have made a positive impact on the world through scholarship and advocacy:

  • Elise Cappella, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  • Jacob William Faber, Associate Professor of Sociology and Public
    Service, FAS and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • Lorel Burns, Assistant Professor of Endodontics, College of Dentistry
  • Cheryline Pezzullo, Clinical Assistant Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, College of Dentistry
Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law at FAS and the School of Law, has received the Getty Medal, established by the J. Paul Getty Trust to recognize contributions to the arts and humanities.

Two NYU faculty members earned 2020 Tony Award nominations:

  • Oskar Eustis, Arts Professor at Tisch School of the Arts, as a Producer of Best Play nominee Sea Wall/A Life
  • Allen Lee Hughes, Associate Arts Professor at Tisch, as Best Lighting Designer for A Soldier's Play
Christopher Flinn

Christopher Flinn

Alfred Galichon

Alfred Galichon

Thomas Phillippon

Thomas Philippon

Three faculty members were named 2020 Fellows of the Econometric Society:

  • Christopher Flinn, Professor of Economics, FAS
  • Alfred Galichon, Professor of Economics, FAS and Professor of Mathematics, Courant
  • Thomas Philippon, Max L. Heine Professor of Finance, Stern School of Business.
Eric Vanden-Eijnden, Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been named a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow by the Department of Defense.

Two faculty members have been named 2020 Pew Scholars and will receive four years of funding to invest in foundational research:

  • Carlos Carmona-Fontaine, Assistant Professor of Biology, FAS
  • Gilad Evrony, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Neuroscience and Physiology, Grossman School of Medicine

Two faculty members have been named Woodrow Wilson Fellows by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation:

  • Kwami Coleman, Assistant Professor in Musicology, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • Elizabeth Ellis, Assistant Professor of History, FAS
Kwami Coleman

Kwami Coleman

Elizabeth Ellis

Elizabeth Ellis