Who we are

Directors

Professor Michael Cohen is the Director of the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (SGPIA) of The New School, a multi-disciplinary Master’s degree program focused on developing countries. Started in 2001, the SGPIA currently has 400 graduate students from 62 countries, offers 75 courses each semester in subjects related to poverty and inequality, economic management, cities and urbanization, governance and human rights, and conflict and security. In its tenth year, the SGPIA has already graduated 550 students who are working in development organizations around the world.

Margarita Gutman earned her PhD and architecture degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies and International Affairs at The New School University in New York. She is Profesora Titular Consulta at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she is in charge of the Direccion de Programas Internacionales and co-directs the Bicentennials Program. Dr. Gutman directs the Building Latin American Bicentennials program of the OLA at The New School and is the director of the President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship at the OLA.

 

Advisory Committee

George Biddle, Member, Board of Governors, The New School for Public Engagement (NSPE)
Michelle DePass, Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School for Public Engagement (NSPE)
Darrick Hamilton, Associate Professor of Urban Policy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Poolicy, The New School for Public Engagement (NSPE) 
Gabril Díaz Maggioli, Director, School of Language Learning and Teaching, The New School for Public Engagement (NSPE)
Michelle Materre, Associate Director, School for Undergraduate Studies, The New School for Public Engagement (NSPE)
William Milberg, Professor of Economics, Economics Department, The New School for Social Research
Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Professor, School of Desing Strategies, Parsons The New School for Desing
Mary Watson, Executive Dean, The New School for Public Engagement (NSPE)
Lisa Servon, Professor, Urban Policy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School for Public Engagement (NSPE) 

 

Fellows

Alberto Minujín, an Argentine Mathematician with postgraduate studies in Applied Statistics and Demography. He was Senior Programme Officer, Policy Analysis, at the Global Policy Section in the Division of Policy and Planning of UNICEF Head Quarters (New York), working on social policy, poverty and human rights issues. He has published numerous articles, papers and books, includingThe Middle Class Seduced and Abandoned, Globalization and Human Rights and The New Poor: Proposal for Inclusive Societies. Minujín is Observatory on Latin America Fellow and Director of Equity for Children.

 

Current Staff

Desiree LaVecchia is the Coordinator of the OLA in New York. She holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons, the New School for Design. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Government & International Affairs and Anthropology from the University of South Florida. Desiree has lived and worked in a number of countries including Lebanon, where she worked with the League of Independent Activists on an alternative transportation proposal for the city of Beirut. Additionally, she has two independent projects: For the Sake of Deconstruction, aimed at inspiring dialogue about Marxist Geography and Economics through a series of in-depth diagrams of prominent academic publications, and the Veiled Tide, a multimedia project that explores the physical decline of industrial cities through photography and intensive research related to specific industrial sites in NYC and beyond.

Ileana Versace is the Coordinator of the OLA in Buenos Aires. She is an Architect from the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires (FADU, UBA). She is Assistant Professor of History of Architecture at FADU, UBA. She is Director of the research project, "Going to the Movies. The Movie Theatres in Buenos Aires, from the 30s to the 60s.", supported by FADU, UBA. She is Researcher for the project "Latin American Bicentennials in Action: Footprints of their Commemoration in the City and in Architecture", supported by the UBA. Since 2008 she has been General Coordinator in charge of OLA/The New School projects developed in Buenos Aires at the Office of International Programs, FADU, UBA. She is currently working towards her Masters in History and Criticism of Architecture, Design and Urbanism at FADU, UBA.

Martín Gromez is the Media Coordinator of the OLA in Buenos Aires. He is an Architect from the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires (FADU, UBA). He was the FADU, UBA Representative on the Advisory Council of Heritage Affairs of the Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (1999-2011). Since 1998 he has been in charge of Media Coordination for OLA/The New School projects developed in Buenos Aires at the Office of International Programs at FADU, UBA. Within the artistic field, he is a distinguished musician, performer and multimedia producer for which he received a Fellowship from the Goëthe Institute.

Maria Carrizosa is a Program Associate of the OLA in New York. She is a Colombian Architect and Philosopher, candidate for an MS in International Affairs from New School (2014), and an MA in Geography from Los Andes University (2015). She has professional experience with international organizations (UNDP, IFC-WB, OCHA and Cities Alliance), national government (Architecture National Council), NGOs (Colombian Architects Society and CYTED –Science and Technology for Development in Latin American-), and as undergraduate teacher.

Julia Nesprias is a Program Associate of the OLA in Buenos Aires. She is Graduate of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (FCS, UBA). Since 2012 she participated in OLA/The New School projects developed in Buenos Aires as part of the team at the Office of International Programs, FADU, UBA. She is currently a volunteer for the project "Teams of Students and Sociologists in Support of Lawsuits on Trial Regarding Crimes Committed During the Last Dictatorship in Argentina", FCS, UBA.

Izaskun Martínez Castillo is a Program Associate of the OLA in Buenos Aires. She is an Architect from the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires (FADU, UBA). Since 2013 she participated in OLA/The New School projects developed in Buenos Aires as part of the team at the Office of International Programs, FADU, UBA. She is currently a Graduate Assistant of History of Architecture at FADU, UBA. 

Mónica Hernandez is a Program Associate of the OLA in New York. Monica completed her BS in Economics at the University of El Salvador. She also studied statistics and political science at the graduate level at the J.S.C. Central American University in the same country. She has participated in different projects as a researcher on topics related to E-government (UN DESA), social policy in Central America (FLACSO-UNESCO), poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean (CLACSO-CROP), among others. She has also worked on knowledge management and as a consultant for productive development projects for NGOs in El Salvador. Currently, Monica is a doctoral student of economics at The New School for Social Research in New York City, where she also obtained her Masters degree in Economics.

Martha Susana Jaimes is currently a first year student at the Public and Urban Policy program at the New School, she is an Economist and MA in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She was recently working with the Bogota Economic Development Secretariat, leading the analyses on the main economic variables that affect urban productivity, and the socioeconomic impact of urban policies. She also participated in different research projects related to higher education impact on labor market dynamics, and higher education drop out and graduation rates for the Colombian Ministry of Education. Her research experience include a project for Cities Alliance related to informal settlements in Cartagena and Bucaramanga. She has taught differente economics courses, including History of Economic Thought and History of Economic Theory in different universities in Bogota.

 

Contributing New School Faculty

Louis Bickford, an American expert in human rights and transitional justice. He was a Program Director at the International Center for Transitional Justice. He has worked extensively in Chile and South Africa and particularly on the role of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions. He has published widely on the politics of memory and human rights.

Robert Buckley, Senior Fellow of the Graduate Program in International Affairs of The New School, and Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York. Former Chief Economist of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Senior Housing Adviser of the World Bank. He is the author of several books on housing and housing finance, and has worked in over 40 developing countries.

Gabriel Diaz Maggioli, Director of the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Chair of the English Language Studies at The New School University. He came to New York from Montevideo where he most recently served as National Coordination for the Modern Foreign Languages Department of the National Teacher Education College. He has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and curriculum guides for teachers in Latin America and the United States.

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs of the Graduate Program in International Affairs of The New School. She was the director of the Human Development Report of UNDP for ten years. She is a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy, and one of the leading specialist in the field of human development. She has published many books and articles and has worked throughout the world, and recently published a book on genetically modified crops with case studies on Argentina and Brazil.

Alec Gershberg, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy with experience at the World Bank on education policy in Latin America. He leads Milano students to Mexico City for a one week field course on educational policy each spring semester. He is lead author of the book Beyond 'Bilingual' Education: New Immigrants and Public School Policies in California.

Barry Herman, an American economist, former Senior Advisor of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations and coordinator of Financing for Development Conference in Monterrey, Mexico in 2002. His latest book, jointly edited with Christian Barry and Lydia Tomitova, is Dealing Fairly with Developing Country Debt.

Mark Lipton, Professor of Management and Chair of Graduate Management Programs at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. He is also creator and Director of The Tenenbaum Leadership Initiative, a highly-focused executive development program targeted specifically to founders of non-profit organizations and the CEOs who directly succeed them.

Christopher London, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of The New School. He received his PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University. He lived and worked in Colombia for more than eight years, studying the rural sector an particularly coffee and food issues. He also directed an NGO focused on education in Nepal and Uganda. In 2009 2010 he was the executive director of the North American Congress on Latin America NACLA.

Peter Lucas, an American specialist on human rights and media with long history working in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. His research and teaching interests include international studies in human rights, human rights and photography, the poetics of witnessing, peace education, human rights education, and documentary practice.

Brian McGrath, Research Chair in Urban Design at the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design. Founder and Principal of Urban-Interface, LLC, an urban design consultancy fusing expertise in architecture, ecology and social media. McGrath is also a principle researcher in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a National Science Foundation's Long Term Ecological Research, where he leads the Urban Design Working Group.

William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecologies at the School of Design Strategies, Parson The New School for Design. Morrish was previously Dean at Parsons School of Constructed Environments. He also held the Elwood R. Quesada Chair in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning at the University of Virginia, where he taught and led research in the areas of sustainable urban infrastructure, new housing models, and global urbanization and climate change.

Aida Rodriguez, Professor at the Milano School of Urban Policy and Management, with long experience in Latin America with Rockefeller Foundation. She co-authored "Latino Nonprofits: The Role of Intermediaries in Organizational Capacity Building," in A Future for Everyone: Innovative Social Responsibility and Community Partnerships.

Carlos Teixeira, Associate Professor at the School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School for Design. In his signature course, Enterprising Design Knowledge, Teixeira applies new methodologies and design tools to business development for nongovernmental organizations and major corporations in the United States, Brazil, and India. He is Co-Director of the open innovation platform DREAM:IN, which was recognized with a 2013 Game Changer Award from Metropolis magazine.

Mary R. Watson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Management at Milano, and former Chair of the graduate programs in Organizational Change and Nonprofit Management. In 2009 she received The New School's Distinguished University Teaching Award. Watson earned her PhD in organization studies from Vanderbilt University.

Tracyann Williams, Director of Academic Advising at The New School for Public Engagement. Ph.D. in English from The Graduate Center/CUNY. She has been teaching at The New School since 1998, offering courses in literature, gender studies, and African American Studies. She has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Distinguished University Teaching Award from The New School in 2004 and a Helena Rubenstein Foundation Fellowship. Her current research focuses on mixed race women in modern fictions.

 

Past Staff

Mandy Entrikin is a graduate of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program of International Affairs from The New School. She earned her BA in International Development Studies with a Minor in Business from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Mandy has lived and worked in a number of countries including Argentina, where, in conjunction with the Graduate Program's International Field Placement, she worked with the national water company to monitor and analyze the ongoing environmental clean-up process in Buenos Aires' highly contaminated Cuenca Matanza Riachuelo. Prior to joining OLA, she worked in Kenya with UN-Habitat where she focused her research on governance and urban issues related to water and waste management. Mandy was Coordinator of the OLA in New York from August 2011 to July 2013.

Lucila Pugni Reta is an Architect from the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires (FADU, UBA). Between 2010 and 2013, she was a staff member of the Direction of International Programs at FADU, UBA, where he participated in projects developed by OLA/The New School in Buenos Aires. She is currently a Graduate Assistant of Architectural Design at FADU, UBA. Besides, she is in the development of a fellowship 'Beca Estímulo' which UBA granted to her for 2012-2013 period, to research into the history of architecture. Lucila was an Assistant Coordinator of the OLA in Buenos Aires, from July 2010 to June 2013.

Sara Bissen is a student at the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School. She earned her BS in Advertising and Marketing Communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Sara has worked in marketing communications to promote the initiatives of various museums, galleries and publications throughout the art world in New York City. From 2006 - 2008 Sara was an Advertising Executive for North and South America at The Art Newspaper. In 2008 Sara joined Peace Corps Guatemala where she served as an Agriculture Marketing Volunteer. In Guatemala from 2008 - 2011, Sara lived in a Kaqchikel Maya community and worked with an Association of women that focused on income generation and emerging market opportunities of value added agriculture. Sara extended for a third year with this Association to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader where she focused on project evaluation and design of the Sustainable Agriculture program in Guatemala. Sara was a Program Associate of the OLA in New York, from April 2012 to March 2013.

Shetal Shah, in 2011, was Research Intern at Aguas y Saneamientos Argentinos (AySA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she conducted research on the SEPA program. She is an active participant in climate change activities at the United Nations, NY and throughout the world. Most notably, she served as Co-Coordinator for the Structural Causes working group during the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, sponsored by the Government of Bolivia. Shetal holds a Masters in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University, NY and is pursuing her second Masters at The New School in Cities and Urbanization, Environment and Sustainability. She is also an award-winning performance poet, actor and filmmaker. Shetal was the Assistant Coordinator of the OLA in New York, from April to December 2012.

Santiago E. Arias studied Political Science and Architecture, both at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and earned a Fulbright Fellowship to study a MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management at the New School specializing in urban development and public policy. He worked at the Department of Urban Planning of the City of Buenos Aires for four years, and also as a consultant on urban development for local governments and real estate developers. He is also a member of the Program of Cities and Urbanism and teaches urban planning at the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, UBA. He has authored articles about strategies for access to land and housing, sustainable mobility and urban governance, and has participated in numerous seminars related to his field of specialization. Santiago was Research Associate at OLA in New York, from March to December 2012.

Valeria Luzardo is a graduate of the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) of The New School. Luzardo graduated in Communication Sciences at the Catholic University of Uruguay, a country in which she served as a journalist. She was coordinator of the OLA from February 2007 and December 2010 and Communication Assistant at the Latin American Bureau in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. She is currently working in the area of social policy at the Latin American Center for Human Economy (CLAEH) in Montevideo, Uruguay. Valeria was a Project Manager at the OLA in Montevideo, from March 2008 to September 2012.

Erika Grinberg is a journalist graduated from the Argentine school of journalism TEA, in 2000. In 2003 she was awarded the fellowship Nuevos Periodistas of Clarín newspaper, where she worked in the general information section. Among others, she worked in the following Argentine newspapers: La Razón, Buenos Aires Económico (BAE) and Perfil, in the national politics and international news sections. During 2006 y 2007 she was special reporter for Newsweek Argentina. She is a student of political science at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and she got a certificate in Global Affairs at New York University. Erika was a Fellow of the OLA.

Cecilia Golombek is a graduate from the Graduate Program of International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School. She earned her BA from Tufts University with a major in History and a minor in Latin American Studies. After graduation she conducted an oral history project focusing on the 1976-1982 dictatorship in Argentina. Her most recent work experiences include sending FOIA requests for the Southern Cone Project of the National Security Archive and working at World Learning to coordinate the International Visitor Leadership Program of the US Department of State. Golombek was the Coordinator of the OLA, from September 2009 to June 2011.

Javier Nesprias is an architect from the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires (FADU, UBA). Between 2008 and 2011, he was a staff member of the Direction of International Programs at FADU, UBA, where he participated in projects developed by OLA/The New School in Buenos Aires. He is currently a Researcher and Assistant Professor of the History of Architecture at FADU, UBA. His professional activity is in the area of Project and Construction Management. Nesprias was a Program Associate of the OLA in Buenos Aires, from April 2008 to June 2011.

Gabriela Sorda studies Architecture at the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires (FADU, UBA). Between 2009 and 2011, she was a staff member of the Direction of International Programs at FADU, UBA, where she participated in projects developed by OLA/The New School in Buenos Aires. She is currently a Researcher and Assistant Professor of the History of Architecture at FADU, UBA. She is also in charge of coordination tasks at the FADU, UBA Research Department. Sorda was the Assistant Coordinator of the OLA in Buenos Aires, from September 2009 to June 2011.

Cristina Gómez is a graduate of the Graduate Program of International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) in Audiovisual Communication. After graduation she did a MA in Communication in the University mentioned and conducted an extensive research in Czech cinema studies. She has gained experience as a journalist working in the media sector. Gómez was a Program Associate of the OLA, from December 2009 to May 2011.

Alejandra Otero is a graduate of the Graduate Program of International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School. She earned her BA from Universidad Monteavila -Venezuela- in Social Communication. She has been writing as a freelancer for El Nacional, one of the main Venezuelan newspapers, since 2002. She earned experience hosting a radio show on Ateneo 100.7 and reporting for Contrabando magazine. Her most recent job in Venezuela was in Globovision, as the co-host of the daily TV show Alo Ciudadano. In New York, she studied Political Science for one year at Columbia University and performed an internship at The New York Times Syndicate. Otero was a Program Associate of the OLA, from December 2009 to December 2010.

Tanushree Dutta Isaacman is a graduate of the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) at the New School with a concentration in development and environmental studies. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Society from Cornell University, where her culminating research project involved an attempt to better understand infant feeding practices amongst mothers across four Latin American and Caribbean countries. She, then, worked for two years in Cinco Pinos, Nicaragua as a community health specialist with the Peace Corps. Together with Nicaraguan NGOs and the Ministry of Health, she planned and implemented various health programs directed towards adolescents. Since returning to the U.S., she has worked as an English and Literacy teacher with immigrants at the Harlem YMCA. More recently, she worked as a research assistant at the World Policy Institute on environmental and microfinance projects. Dutta Isaacman was a Program Associate with the OLA, from July 2010 to December 2010.

Alejandro Schwindt is an architect from the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires (FADU, UBA). Between 2008 and 2010, he was a staff member of the Direction of International Programs at FADU, UBA, where he participated in projects developed by OLA/The New School in Buenos Aires. He is currently a Researcher and Assistant Professor of the History of Architecture at FADU, UBA. His professional activity is in the area of Project and Construction Management. Schwindt was a Program Associate of the OLA in Buenos Aires, from April 2008 to June 2010.

Chelsea Long is a graduate of the Graduate Program of International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University with majors in Political Science and Sociology-Anthropology and a minor in American Minority Studies. She has since gained experience working in the non-profit sector and participated in the 2008 GPIA International Fieldwork Program, where she interned at Fundación SES (Sustentabilidad Educación Solidaridad) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Chelsea was a Program Associate of the OLA, from September 2008 to September 2009.

Ximena Maroto is a graduate of the Graduate Program of International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Universidad Iberoamericana -México- in International Relations with majors in International Politics. She gained experience working at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - México and in the non-profit sector. Ximena was a Program Associate of the OLA, from December 2008 to December 2009.

Lisa Guaqueta is a graduate from the Graduate Program of International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School. She earned her BA in Economics from Universidad Externado de Colombia. She worked as Manager of Education and Workforce, and Immigration Policy at the Greater Houston Partnership, and served as the International Affairs Adviser for the Office of the Mayor of Bogotá. At present time she woks as a Program Administrator for the Baker Institute's Mexico Center and the Latin American Initiative. Lisa was Coordinator of the OLA in New York from October 2006 to February 2008.

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