The New York University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award is sponsored by The Provost, in partnership with the NYU Division of Student Affairs. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding faculty who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through teaching excellence, leadership, social justice activism, and community building. These faculty make a positive impact within the classroom and in the greater NYU community. Current NYU students nominate faculty and recipients are chosen by a committee of past recipients and student leaders.

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2017-2018 Faculty Award Recipients


Alrick Brown, Tisch School of the Arts

Alrick Brown is Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Film and Television. An award winning writer and director, Alrick graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Masters of Education. He received his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.


Marie Cruz Soto, Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Marie Cruz Soto is a historian interested in imperial/colonial processes of becoming, and in those struggles to un-become upon which survival sometimes hinges (i.e., in the imagining of a different world).  She is particularly interested in the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, and in how militarized colonialism has shaped the makings of the Viequense community.


R. Luke DuBois, Tandon School of Engineering, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development & Tisch School of the Arts

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance.


Stella M. Flores, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Dr. Stella M. Flores is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity and Associate Professor of Higher Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. She also serves as Director of Access and Equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at NYU.


Caran Hartsfield, Tisch School of the Arts

Caran Hartsfield’s film work has won awards at the Director’s Guild of America, Sundance Film Festival, and Cannes Film Festival. She is co-chair of the Inclusion Initiative Committee and the Faculty Mentors of Color in Tisch’s Undergraduate Film & Television Department.  She is also the co-founder of the non-profit The Sonoran Initiative.


Monica Kim, Faculty of Arts and Science

Monica Kim is Assistant Professor in the U.S. and the World History in the Department of History.  As a historian and teacher, she is invested in tracing and narrating the lives of ordinary people, whose material experiences fundamentally challenge the framework of mainstream policies and historical memory.

The President and Provost Offices, in partnership with the NYU Division of Student Affairs will present the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, which includes a $2500 research stipend, at the Faculty Award Reception during the MLK Celebration Week in February 2018.

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