New Faculty 2020-2021

Our faculty, who teach in 11 separate academic departments, form the academic core of our School. Steinhardt is best understood through its emphasis on high-quality applied scholarship and the delivery of pre-professional and professional programs befitting a Research I university. The research and applied work that our faculty engage in is based on a view of human development that is holistic, embracing intellectual, psycho-social, creative, and physical dimensions. Our school’s programs and departments in culture, education, and human development provide the framework for our hallmark collaborative and interdisciplinary approach. The work of our full-time faculty is supported by a carefully selected corps of highly trained scholars and professionals who serve as adjunct faculty.

Assistant Professors

Whitney Pow

Whitney Pow

Whitney Pow is Assistant Professor of Queer and Transgender Media Studies in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. They received their M.A. and Ph.D. in Screen Cultures in the Department of Radio, Television, and Film from Northwestern University, and their B.A. in English Language and Literature, History of Art, and Global Media Studies from the University of Michigan.

Pow is a media studies scholar, historian, and game designer whose research focuses on queer and trans histories of video games, software, and computational media. Their current book project locates queer and transgender video game designers and programmers in histories of early software and hardware development, looking at the intersection of queer and trans medical history, surveillance, and policy with computer and video game history. Pow’s work has been published in Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, ROMchip: A Journal of Game Histories, The Velvet Light Trap, and the Oxford University Press reader Gendered Lives, Intersectional Perspectives, edited by Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey. Their most recent interactive art piece, Digital TV Breakfast, was exhibited at Ars Electronica as a part of the art exhibition Chicago New Media 1972-1992.

Prior to joining NYU, Pow received the Presidential Fellowship from Northwestern University and the Dissertation Fellowship from The Sexualities Project at Northwestern, in addition to research fellowships from The University of Chicago’s Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and The Strong National Museum of Play.

Professors

Jack Knott

Jack Knott

Jack Knott is Professor of and Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He holds a B.A. in History from Calvin College, an M.A. in international Studies from Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

His area of scholarly interest — which emerged from a summer spent in Poland and the Soviet Union sponsored by the Experiment in International Living — focuses on the interrelationship between governance and policy making, both in the United States and in other countries. In particular, he works on understanding the influence on policy choices of particular governing institutional structures, including the separation of powers, federalism, and the role of private foundations in public problem solving. He is the author of many books and his articles have been published in such journals as Presidential Studies Quarterly, American Review of Public Administration, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, among others.

Prior to joining NYU, Knott served as Irwin C. and Ione L. Piper Chair and dean of the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Before that, he also served as director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University and director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also been a visiting professor of management at the Institute for Governance and Public Management at the University of Warwick and briefly served as the interim executive director of the Michigan Higher Education Institute. Prior to his posts at Michigan State, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation and a full-time lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty

Nada Ahmed

Nada Ahmed

Nada Ahmed is Clinical Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning. She holds a Ph.D. in Education Research from King's College, University of London, an M.S. in Elementary Education from Bank Street College, and a B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She completed Administrative Instructional Leadership Training from Get Smarts School and St. Johns University and Training in Creative Arts from The New School.

Ahmed has eighteen years of experience working with high-need urban public schools and districts around the United States. Her research, teaching, leadership and practice interests are centered on fostering equity in urban schools and communities. As part of Get Smarts Schools, she was a planning partner who helped start an innovative elementary school in Denver, Colorado centered on the values of creativity, connecting community, and fostering critical thinking. She has worked in education technology, and her work focuses on engaging in digital education research, innovative technologies, teacher residencies, introducing new innovations in higher education and urban school settings, and building advocacy and leadership in teachers and teaching mentors.

Prior to this appointment, Ahmed was a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU Steinhardt. She has taught students in early childhood, childhood and middle school, and the college level, and has worked in districts and non-profits around the United States providing coaching and professional development to new and experienced teachers.

Alisha Ghandi

Alisha Ghandi

Alisha Brown Gandhi is Clinical Assistant Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. An alumna of NYU, she received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at NYU Steinhardt. She earned her M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology with a Bilingual/Bicultural program focus from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is licensed in New York State and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She also holds her certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities with a Bilingual Extension in Spanish.

Ghandi's clinical and teaching areas of interest include culturally responsive assessment and intervention for pediatric speech and language disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and reading and writing intervention in the school-age population.

Prior to joining NYU, Ghandi worked as a bilingual speech-language pathologist in the New York City Department of Education, where she also mentored graduate students and Clinical Fellows, as a provider of Early Intervention services, and in the private sector, providing culturally responsive and bilingual(English/Spanish) diagnostic and therapeutic services for children and adolescents with a wide variety of speech and language disorders and emotional, physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.

Rachel Lifter

Rachel Lifter

Rachel Lifter is Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Costume Studies M.A. Program. She received her Ph.D. in Fashion/Social and Cultural Studies from the University of the Arts London, her M.Sc. in Sociology from the London School of Economics, and her B.A. in German Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lifter is an expert in the social and cultural analysis of fashion, with a specific focus on popular fashion cultures. She is the author of Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender, which charts the gendered and racialized transformation of indie from British music subculture to international fashion phenomenon. Her writing also appears in Communicating Fashion Brands, Fashion Stylists, Fashioning Professionals, Fashion Cultures Revisited, and the exhibition catalogue for “Clash – Resistance in Fashion”(Herning Museum of Contemporary Art). Her current projects focus on the global second-hand clothing industry, the USPS letter carrier uniform, and the impact of the AIDS epidemic on New York’s fashion industry.

Prior to joining NYU, Lifter held faculty positions at Parsons School of Design and London College of Fashion . She was the Reviews and Open Space editor of the International Journal of Fashion Studies from 2014-2017.

Errik Hood

Errik Hood

Errik Hood is Clinical Assistant Professor of Vocal Performance. He holds a B.M. from Wright State University, an M.M. from The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, and a DMA from The Ohio State University. He has been mentored by some of the foremost experts in vocal pedagogy, voice science, and motor learning theory.

Hood has distinguished himself as an interpreter of early 20th century British operatic and concert repertoire, having made his international (Great Britain Choral Festival at Ely Cathedral, UK) and Carnegie Hall debuts providing solos for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sancta Civitas and Dona Nobis Pacem. His doctoral research on the art songs of Ivor Gurney has been presented through lecture recitals at conferences for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the College Music Society, the North American British Music Studies Association, and at universities all over the country. Other research interests include functional cross training of singers, the intersection of long-form improvisational comedy and voice pedagogy, and collegiate/independent studio voice teacher collaboration. Notable operatic engagements include Escamillo in Carmen, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti), and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro. Notable concert engagements include Magnificat (Bach), Mass in A (Bach), and Dover Beach (Barber).

Prior to joining NYU, Hood served as Voice and Opera Area Program Coordinator at Utah State University.

Stacey Rimikis

Stacey Rimikis

Stacey Rimikis is Clinical Assistant Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She completed her Ph.D. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at NYU Steinhardt, her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology at Queens College, CUNY, and her B.A. at NYU Gallatin. She holds clinical certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and New York State licensure in speech-language pathology.

Rimikis is a practicing speech-language pathologist, specializing in communication and swallowing impairment in adult and geriatric populations. As a clinician and educator, her expertise centers on acquired neurogenic communication disorders, including aphasia and neurocognitive disorders. Her research investigates the underlying mechanisms of language processing and production in both impaired and unimpaired populations in order to better guide development of clinical intervention. Her most recent lines of research examine the influence of phonological patterns in the language on morphological impairment and how individual differences in semantic processing impact lexical retrieval.

Prior to this appointment, Rimikis held adjunct and teaching assistant appointments at NYU.