The New School
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The New School

University in New York City, located mostly in Greenwich Village

By James Barham, PhD

The New School is a private, research university located in and around Greenwich Village in lower Manhattan. It was founded in 1919 as the New School for Social Research.

In 1997, the name was changed to New School University. In 2005, the new name was shortened to its present form.

Over the years, the school has grown into a diverse university with five divisions, namely, the New School for Social Research, the Parsons School of Design, the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the Schools of Public Engagement, and the College of Performing Arts.

The latter division is subdivided into the Mannes School of Music, the School of Drama, and the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.

The New School also operates a variety of specialized institutes from its New York campus such as— the World Policy Institute and the India China Institute—as well as a full-fledged campus in Paris, France.

From the late 1930s until the early 1950s, the New School played a special role in American academia as one of the American universities which did the most to provide employment to Jewish and other German scholars fleeing political oppression by the Nazi regime, as well as the social and economic devastation following World War II.

Today, the university remains an elite institution, with a student body of only about 10,000 souls.

Prominent individuals associated with the New School include the following:

  • Philosophers, W.E.B. Du Bois, John Dewey, Alexander Koyré, Alfred Schutz, Jacques Maritain, Hannah Arendt, Hans Jonas, Leo Strauss, Alice Crary, Simon Critchley & Richard J. Bernstein
  • Poets, Robert Frost & Octavio Paz
  • Playwrights, Lorraine Hansberry, Tennessee Williams & Harold Clurman
  • Novelist and essayist, James Baldwin
  • Novelists, William Styron, Jack Kerouac & Madeleine L’Engle
  • Painter and sculptor, Jasper Johns
  • Painters, Thomas Hart Benton, Norman Rockwell & Edward Hopper
  • Sculptor, Seymour Lipton
  • Sculptor and architectural designer, Ai Weiwei
  • Conceptual artist, Agnes Denes
  • Art critic, Peter Schjeldahl
  • Classical composers, Aaron Copland & John Cage
  • Popular composer, Burt Bacharach
  • Jazz pianists, Robert Glasper & Brad Mehldau
  • Popular singers, Harry Belafonte, Ani DiFranco & Sufjan Stevens
  • Mezzo-soprano, Frederica von Stade
  • Photographers, Richard Avedon & George Pitts
  • Theater director, Erwin Piscator
  • Film directors, Kevin Smith & Tom Ford
  • Screenwriter, Mario Puzo
  • Actors, Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Peter Falk, Walter Matthew, Elaine Stritch, Ben Gazzara, Rod Steiger, Bradley Cooper, Shelley Winters, Paul Dano, Jonah Hill & Jesse Eisenberg
  • Psychologist and TV personality, Ruth Westheimer
  • Historians, Charles Beard & Eric Hobsbawm
  • Psychologists, John B. Watson, Karen Hornei, Max Wertheimer, Abraham Maslow, Erich Fromm, Solomon Asch, Mary Henle & Leon Festinger
  • Anthropologists, Margaret Mead, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Ashley Montagu & Stanley Diamond
  • Sociologists, Hans Speier, Frieda Wunderlich, Peter L. Berger & Thomas Luckmann
  • Political theorists, Ira Katznelson & Perry Anderson
  • Urbanologists, Lewis Mumford & Jane Jacobs
  • Economists, Thorstein Veblen, Robert Heilbroner, Nelson Barbosa & the Nobel laureate Franco Modigliani
  • US First Lady and philanthropist, Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Anti-Defamation League founder and director, Abraham Foxman
  • Israel President, Shimon Peres


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66 West 12th Street, New York NY 10011-8871

What is The New School known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

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Other areas of influence

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Social Work
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Criminal Justice
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Religious Studies
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Influential People

Who are The New School's Most influential alumni?

The New School's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Anthropology, Sociology, and Business. The New School’s most academically influential people include Panfilo Costa, Peter L. Berger, and James Baldwin.

Panfilo Costa
Panfilo Costa

American anthropologist and folklorologist

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Peter L. Berger
Peter L. Berger

Austrian-born American sociologist

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James Baldwin
James Baldwin

American writer

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Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams

American playwright

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Sidney Mintz

American anthropologist

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Lewis Mumford
Lewis Mumford

American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology and literary critic

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Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando

American actor, film director, and activist

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Franco Modigliani
Franco Modigliani

Italian-American economist

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Amiri Baraka
Amiri Baraka

African-American writer

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Paul Rand
Paul Rand

American graphic designer

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Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham

American actress, television producer and writer

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Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell

American painter

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