This page contains short biographies, and links to selected works by the many scholars, researchers, artists, and activists, who were in one way or another part of The New School history.

Aaron Copland
Selected works:
How We Listen

Alfred Schutz
Alfred Schutz (1899 - 1959) is an Austrian born sociologist and philosopher associated with phenomenology, who emigrated to the US in 1939, and taught at the New School for Social Research (1943-1959).

Allen Austill
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Alvin Johnson
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Ann Snitow
Ann Snitow is a feminist activist and writer, and currently an Associate Professor in Literature and Gender Studies at The New School.

Aristide Zolberg
Aristide R. Zolberg was a Professor of Politics and University in Exile Professor Emeritus at The New School for Social Research.

Charles Tilly
Charles Tilly was a sociologist and historian. He taught at The New School, and a number of other prominent U.S. universities.

Dorion Cairns
Selected works:
My Own Life

Francesca Cernia Slovin
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Frieda Wunderlich
Frieda Wunderlich was a German economist, sociologist and politician of the German Democratic Party. She became the first female faculty member of the University in Exile in 1933. Prior to emigration, she held numerous positions in Germany, many of public political importance.

Hans Speier
Prof. Speier came to the US in 1933 as one of the refugee intellectuals who formed the University in Exile. He was a professor of sociology at the New School from 1933 to 1942, and in 1974 he returned as a professor emeritus.

Hans Staudinger
Hans Staudinger was a German politician and economist who came to U.S. as part of the University in Exile, and was an active and influential figure in The New School for Social Research until his retirement in 1965.

James Harvey Robinson
James Harvey Robinson (1863-1936) was an American historian, and one of the founders of the "new history" movement. He was among the founders of the New School for Social Research in 1919.

Leo Strauss
Leo Strauss was a German-American political philosopher and classicist. He joined the New School for Social Research in 1938, and remained there for ten years, which were among the most prolific and pivotal in his work.

Margaret McKay Tee
Margaret McKay Tee (1882-1955) came to New Yorkin 1902 to attend Cooper Union. Frank Alvah Parsons later hired Tee as a student instructor at the New York School of Art. She maintained a correspondence with him, which is now part of the Kellen Design Archives.
Selected works:
Education on a Shoestring

Mario Puzo
Selected works:
The Last Don

Mark Statman
Mark Statman is a poet and educator, and currently a Professor in Writing at Eugene Lang College.
Selected works:
Collected Poems

Max Wertheimer
Max Wertheimer was among the founders of Gestalt Psychology. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1933 as part of the University in Exile, and taught there over the next decade.

McKenzie Wark
McKenzie Wark is a writer and scholar of media theory, critical theory, and new media. He is currently Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Eugene Lang College.

Meyer Schapiro
Meyer Schapiro (1904-1996) was an art historian, and an active professor, lecturer, writer, and humanist. He lectured at the New School for Social Research from 1936 to 1952.
Selected works:
Nature of Abstract Art

Sara Ruddick
Sara Ruddick (1935-2011) was a feminist philosopher famous for her analysis of mothering and motherhood under patriarchy. She taught philosophy and women's studies at the New School of Social Research for forty years.
Selected works:
Love's Reason

Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams was an American playwright and author. In the late 1930s he studied at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School.
Selected works:
The Catastrophe of Success

Thorstein Veblen
Thorstein Bunde Veblen was an economist and sociologist, and leader of the institutional economics movement. He played an active role in the first years of the New School for Social Research.

W. H. Auden
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