New Faculty 2021-2022

Steinhardt faculty, who teach in 11 separate academic departments, form the academic core of the 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 faculty engage in is based on a view of human development that is holistic, embracing intellectual, psycho-social, creative, and physical dimensions. Steinhardt's programs and departments in culture, education, and human development provide the framework for a hallmark collaborative and interdisciplinary approach. The work of full-time faculty is supported by a carefully selected corps of highly trained scholars and professionals who serve as adjunct faculty.


Jack Knott

Nicole Fleetwood

Nicole Fleetwood is the inaugural James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture, & Communication. She holds a Bachelor’s from Miami University (Ohio) as well as a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University.

Fleetwood is a writer, curator, and art critic whose interests are contemporary black diasporic art and visual culture, photography studies, art and public practice, performance studies, gender and feminist studies, black cultural history, creative nonfiction, prison abolition and carceral studies, and poverty studies. She is the author of Marking Time: Art in the Era of Mass Incarceration, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and both the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award in art history and the Frank Jewett Mather Award in art criticism from the College Art Association. She is also the curator of the traveling exhibition, Marking Time: Art in the Era of Mass Incarceration, which debuted at MoMA PS1 (September 17, 2020-April 5, 2021).

Prior to joining NYU, Fleertwood was professor of American studies and art history, a member of the graduate faculty on women's and gender studies, and an affiliated faculty member of Africana studies and cinema studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.