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Kim DaCosta, Faculty Director (Interim, 2019-2020)

Kimberly McClain DaCosta, a sociologist, is a professor at NYU’s Gallatin School.  She is especially interested in the contemporary production of racial boundaries. Her book, Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line (Stanford University Press, 2007), explores the cultural and social underpinnings of the movement to create multiracial collective identity in the United States. She is currently exploring how interracial extended kin relationships speak to questions of interracial empathy, care and assimilation. Professor DaCosta’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Advertising Educational Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She teaches courses on race in different societies, families, and consumerism in international perspective. Professor DaCosta served as Associate Dean of Students at the Gallatin School for seven years. She is currently serving as the Associate Faculty Director of NYU’s Prison Education Program. Professor DaCosta received her B.A. in sociology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in sociology from Berkeley.

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Nikhil Pal Singh, Faculty Director (On Sabbatical until Fall 2020)

Nikhil is a historian of the twentieth-century United States, who focuses on questions of race, political contention, and state power. He is the author of Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2004), winner of the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians, and the Norris and Carol Hundley Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. He has published extensively on topics including the history of liberalism, war, black radicalism, and US foreign policy. His edited collection of the writings of legendary civil rights activist Jack O’Dell, Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writing of Jack O’Dell, was published in 2010 by the University of California Press, where he also serves as an editor for the American Crossroads book series. His next book, Exceptional Empire: Race and War in US Globalism, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press

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Thuy Linh Tu, Associate Faculty Director

Thuy Linh Tu is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. She is the author of The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion (Duke University Press, 2011) and the forthcoming “Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam.”

Kaitlin Noss, Executive Director

Kaitlin is an educator and prison abolition activist. She is currently completing her PhD in American Studies at NYU. Her dissertation project maps the development of US agricultural imperialism during the mid-twentieth century, with a focus on race, capital, and land management between the US South and East Africa. She joins PEP after 13 years working at Prescott College, where she taught and helped to establish the Maasai Community Partnership Program for indigenous land rights and the Social Justice and Community Organizing Master’s Program. The latter trains students in critical theory and history, while coordinating their work for real-time grassroots campaigns through partnership with movement organizations in Arizona. She is excited to bring her commitment to radical pedagogy and educational justice to the team of students, staff, and faculty at PEP.


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Raechel Bosch, Associate Director of Communications

Raechel is a creative producer and community events organizer. She earned her Master’s degree from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she studied the poetics and politics of documentary practices and everyday life. Raechel has many years of experience developing education programs and initiatives. She focuses on solutions-oriented work, inclusion, multidisciplinary and strategic partnerships as a way of increasing sustainable growth and collaboration.


Alejandra Gonzalez Ariza, Administrative Aide

Alejandra graduated from the University of Maryland, where she studied Politics and French. She has worked with at-risk youth in the DC metro area and is interested in increasing access to higher education for underserved communities.



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Jose Diaz, Student Services Coordinator

Jose Díaz is a Master’s student majoring in Social and Cultural Analysis with an emphasis on Latino Studies at NYU. As a student and advocate, he seeks to unravel colonial narratives that underlie our common notions of race, class, and gender, and how those ideas inform public space and human interaction. He is also a writer and public speaker, where he uses the power of storytelling to highlight his personal struggles with incarceration while challenging theoretical postulations about the carceral system. He advocates and educates on the importance of inclusivity within prison initiative programs and education as well as pushing back against the language, privilege, and ideas that perpetuates the reproduction of negative notions of people of color.


Steering Committee

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Andrew Bell, Steering Committee
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU

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Dolly Chugh, Steering Committee
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations,
Stern School of Business, NYU

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Kimberly DaCosta, Steering Committee
Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU

Steering Committee Member Steve Hahn

Steven Hahn, Steering Committee
Professor of History, NYU

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Shabnam Javdani, Steering Committee
Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology,
Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development, NYU

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Julie Livingston, Steering Committee
Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis and History, NYU

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Dina Rosenfeld, Steering Committee
Associate Clinical Professor, Silver School of Social Work, NYU

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Andrew Ross, Steering Committee
Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis,
Director of the American Studies Program, NYU

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George Shulman, Steering Committee
Professor of Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU

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Nikhil Singh, Steering Committee
Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis and History, NYU

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Thuy Linh Tu, Steering Committee
Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU

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Susanne Wofford, Steering Committee
Dean, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU

Advisory Board

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Piper Anderson, Advisory Board
Faculty, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Gina Belafonte, Advisory Board
Co-Director –

Marlene Brito, Advisory Board
NYU Administrator, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis

Soffiyah Elijah, Advisory Board
Executive Director of Alliance of Families for Justice

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Jason Flom, Advisory Board
Founder/Chief Executive Officer – Lava Records

Rebecca Ginsburg, Advisory Board
Director – Education Justice Project (University of Illinois)

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Vivian Nixon, Advisory Board
Co-Founder/Executive Director – College and Community Fellowship

Anthony Thompson, Advisory Board
Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Advisory Board
Director – Center for Place, Culture and Politics – The Graduate Center (CUNY)

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