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New York University (NYU) is one of the world's premier residential research and teaching institutions.[1] NYU has been one of the most influential universities in the world.[2] This partial list of notable New York University alumni includes a sampling of the many graduates who are leaders in their respective fields, non-graduate former students, fictional students, and current students of New York University. The list is abridged - only a representative few are listed. NYU ranks 7th among the World's top 100 universities for producing millionaires, as compiled by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[3]

NYU ranks 5th globally among universities with the highest number of alumni worth $30 million or more, as compiled by ABC News.[4] CNBC ranks NYU 4th globally among universities with the most billionaire graduates.[5] National Academy of Inventors ranks NYU 19th in the world based on the number of patents generated.[6] In 2016, a study based on a computerized analysis of the number of times institutions of higher education are mentioned in Wikipedia and the number of times people search for them on Google, ranked NYU #19 among all universities in the world.[7] NYU also is the second top feeder school for analyst careers in finance and investment banking, after University of Pennsylvania, on Wall Street.[8]

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JUDY SINGER: I'm Judy Singer. I'm the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and I want to welcome you all to this event on how to write an Op-Ed, getting your voice into the news media. I want to just make a few framing remarks before turning it over to the moderator of this panel, Ann Marie Lipinski. And in thinking about how to help the faculty get their voice out into the world, we've done a number of events and this one happens to be the second time we've done this-- it's particularly popular. And when we planned this event, we were thinking that there are people on the faculty who are interested in figuring out how to reach a broader audience. But I think the events of the last month have really called to task the need for people in academia, now more than ever, to get their voices out, regardless of where they fall in the debate. I think there's just a need for us to take the time that we have spent in dedicating our lives to the study of particular subjects to think about speaking, not just to our colleagues, which is what we do as our bread and butter, but to a broader audience. And people in the room have a lot to offer. I'm particularly pleased with the breadth of people who are here. We have people from various different schools at Harvard, various different disciplines. We run the gamut from, oftentimes, we get arts and humanities and social science people here. We have science people, law, business, public health-- range of fields-- and I think that's, actually, terrific because it represents the riches that Harvard has to offer, but also the kinds of voices that the folks who are up here are interested in hearing from because you might not meet some of these people in the course of your everyday business. The Op-Ed forum is particularly interesting because it's a short form. We're used to writing in longer form and I think one of the things that you'll hear from the panelists is how to help think about moving from the long form that we're comfortable being with whether it's an article which you don't think of as a long form, but to these people, that's a long form, or even teaching a class or a seminar where you've got an hour, two hours, three hours to give your views versus 90 seconds on the radio. So the short form, I think, is particularly attractive and in thinking about how to take the work that we produce and make it more accessible to people, but also for people who are writing a book, one of my first pieces of advice is why don't you start with an Op-Ed because a book is a very long commitment and an Op-Ed is something that's much more achievable and I think that's some of what you'll hear today. The third part of thinking about this event is that it's actually quite instrumental in nature. Our panelists are very interested in establishing relationships with members of our faculty who do have something to say about issues of the day or other kinds of topics that would have a broader audience. And I'm going to end with an anecdote that at the end of the event that we did two years ago, one of the people in the room, who was a first year assistant professor, went up to Trish Hall who was Jim Dao's predecessor at the New York Times and pitched an idea. And three weeks later, she had the lead Op-Ed in the New York Times. So that gave me great pleasure to see the kind of instrumental nature of that. So I'm hoping for a repeat and maybe a repeat across some other news outlets. So with those framing remarks, I am going to turn the moderator role over to Ann Marie Lipinski who is the curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, which is here at Harvard University. It's a wonderful resource that we have here and, in fact, there are lots of journalists at Nieman who potentially could also be helpful as you're thinking about this role. She also, before she came to Harvard, was the editor in chief of the Chicago Tribune and is a Pulitzer Prize winner herself. So she has been both in the publishing end and also now with many years here at Harvard and time as also with the University of Chicago, also understands the academic end and I think it's in a great position to bridge these two worlds. So let me turn it over to Ann Marie. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Thank you so much, Judy. Judy has very happily made me her co-conspirator on a couple of initiatives here at Harvard bringing faculty and journalists together. And I am always delighted to play that role for her and with her. So thank you for giving me the chance to do that again today. When she first reached out to me to see if this was possible today, it was many months before the election. And I think, certainly, my views and maybe your views of the value or lack thereof of opinion journalism or opinion writing have maybe changed some. But I want to make sure-- so Op-Ed-- the term comes from opposite editorials. Right? That's what it means, but I think the op is often misused to just focus on opinion. It's also the first two letters of that word. And I think what you'll find with the group of people we are talking with today, the world is awash in opinion and you can publish it anywhere you want. You can publish your columns on medium, you can publish, you can tweet, you can post them on Facebook, you probably are members of small Facebook groups or Google Groups or Google Hangouts or any number of select cohorts you make yourself a part of and you can talk with them and share your opinions with them at ease. The difference between that and what our colleagues today are going to talk about is really reaching an audience outside of that bubble and the accent not necessarily on opinion, but on information, on expertise, and on sharing that expertise in a sophisticated way with a broader audience than, perhaps, many of you are used to speaking to or with. And the value to us as journalists is tremendous. The ability of somebody with an expertise about a subject to be able to express that to people beyond their ken is incredibly valuable in a democracy and just to us individually as people who are very interested in your work, but maybe can't always understand it. And so I think there's sometimes this divide between what journalism does and what the academy does and, hopefully, at the end of our time here together, that will be demystified for you and also some for our panelists whose backgrounds, with one exception, are on the journalism side. As Judy said, we saw this become very successful the first time she hosted such a conversation and, hopefully, that will be the same for today. So I was, yesterday and today, just looking at kind of recent examples of the kinds of things that our three journalists here today think about or have chosen as opinion pieces or Op-Ed pieces to use. And so James, in the last day or so, has overseen the publication of a piece in the New York Times written by a Cuban born American who's writing about her reactions to Castro's death and the kind of haunting presence he had in her life really from the time she was cognizant. A freshmen from New York University writing about the animosity that-- I'm not sure if it's a he or she, there were initials only in the piece-- JAMES DAO: It's a she. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: She-- that she has experienced as somebody who is a Trump supporter. A piece about how the FCC is going to auction off a chunk of the public airwaves and an argument that the writer makes for using the proceeds from that to build a 21st century infrastructure of public interest media written by the president of a foundation. In the Globe "Ideas" section, there was a piece about our complicated views about nature and how we think about alien species invading our habitats, and examination of the labor movement in the age of Trump. We've all certainly heard the term Alt-Right. I've not heard the term Alt-Labor so I learned about Alt-Labor through that piece and it's a new approach to pro-worker activism. And over a cognoscente at WBUR, there was a piece about speaking up for undocumented workers who you may work with yourself. And also, one that was very relevant to many of us last week, how to go home and deal with your family after the election at Thanksgiving. So that's a huge range of ideas and thoughts and expertise represented just really over the course of 24 or 48 hours on these three-- in two publications and one radio station. But I wanted to start with Naomi and with that as a backdrop, because Naomi is somebody who has navigated both waters, if we want to think of them as separate ponds. So she is somebody who has written for the Washington Post and the LA Times and Nature and Science and The New Statesman and on and on. She's worked in the print, she's worked in video, she's written books, she's written Op-Eds for newspapers, for magazines, she's done a TED Talk, she's worked on a documentary. So on the one hand, she's very skilled at the popular. Here are just two headlines-- one from a piece and one from a book-- The Pope and the Planet-- we'd all read that-- Merchants of Doubt-- we all read that-- and then, maybe the not so popular culture, here's the title of one, The Rejection of Continental Drift: Theory and Method in American Earth Science-- probably not something any of these three would publish. JAMES DAO: Maybe with a different headline. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Maybe with a different headline. And that's a key, actually, what Jim just said. And so I want to see if we can learn from Naomi how she thinks about those as very separate disciplines, but rising from the same well of knowledge and expertise that you bring to both. So talk about coming at popular pieces, popular culture pieces, or publications in the popular culture with your academic background. NAOMI ORESKES: Sure. OK. Thanks. Well, thanks very much for having me here and thanks, Judy, for organizing this and, Liz, I have to say I do feel kind of a weight of responsibility being the token academic on this panel. So I guess the best place to start is just by saying I don't think of them as being separate ponds. I've never thought of the diverse work I do. I work in science, I work in history of science, I work in what you call the popular realm. I never think of them and I never have thought of them as different projects and that's something that deans and chairs have not always understood, although I think they do now, and I'm in a very nice place now where now I get to be trotted out as an exemplar of how this can be done, but it wasn't always that way. So the first thing you have to realize is that I think you have to have a conception of what you think your project is and I guess being an earth scientist, for me, the metaphor I've always had is kind of the iceberg metaphor that what I do in public is a kind of the tip of the iceberg. It's the small piece that stands out that people see, people like yourself or these folks, but it's supported by this giant mass of material beneath the surface that most of you don't see, but that's the part that supports it, that's the part that the upper part floats on. And so all of you, as academics, have that mass of work that you've done that you've worked incredibly hard on or you've spent long hours in the archives or in the laboratory or in the field or wherever you work. And you have all this stuff at your disposal that you can use. And so I think that's the starting point is a sense of empowerment based on your knowledge and the knowledge you have that if you start to write about something based on your research, you know more about that than probably anybody. Right? And so that's, I think, where my public work comes from is out of this body, this big body, of detailed work and long hours spent in dusty archives which Gabriella knows about. Right? So I thought, maybe, I could just say something of how I wrote my first Op-Ed piece because that's the other second really important thing. And I don't think the folks on this panel will disagree, but they may have a slightly different view, because I know sometimes editors work with academics to figure out what they might want to write about, but that's not how I came to write my first Op-Ed. I came to write my first Op-Ed because I had something I wanted to say. And I think that's the bottom line for anyone is, do you have something to say? If you don't, then as the great sage Tom Lehrer said, the least you can do is shut up. So don't talk until you have something to say, but when you do, that's the moment. And so I think the key thing is to sort of be aware, to kind of go through the world with an awareness of how your work might connect to something. And when that moment occurs, that's when you act. And so some years ago, more than 10 years ago, we had some terrible wildfires in Southern California and my children were out of school for a week. We had a fire week. Here we have snow days, but in California, we have fire days. And it was a quite traumatic time in Southern California. Lots of people were displaced from their homes. And my children and I-- and you couldn't really go anywhere because it was so much smoke and dust. It was not safe to be outside. After three days of baking cookies and things like that, and I'm reading the papers-- and this is the other thing, too, is noticing what's not being said. So there were all these things being written about the fires and no one was making the connection to climate change, no one. And I, personally, think that of all the different things that climate change does, is already doing, and will do to us, at least, if you live in the west, fires are the most important thing because they're really, really scary. People are afraid of fire, people get it that fires destroy their homes and their communities and their lives and cost billions of dollars in damage. So fires connect climate change to people's lives in very real, tangible, and emotionally present way. And so I just wrote something about it. I wrote, basically, something that said, guys, you know climate change. And I sent it over the transom to the Los Angeles Times-- didn't know anybody. And an editor there saw it and liked it and called me up and said, we'd like to run with this. And then over the next 24 hours, we worked together to clean it up and I learned a lot working with an editor about how to write a good Op-Ed piece. You learn by working with editors. So after that experience, then I realized, OK, this is actually not that hard. I mean it's different, like I was just saying, I mean the style of an Op-Ed is different than what we're used to in academic life. You have to hit it hard, don't bury the lead, main idea up front, only one idea, not 17, no table of contents, no footnotes, almost no references-- and if they already have to kind of explore-- well, I guess now with hyperlinks, you kind of do. JAMES DAO: That's right. NAOMI ORESKES: My first Op-Ed was in the days before a hyperlink-- I mean old fashioned print-- all that kind thing. So anyway, the point is I had something to say and I said it and somebody was interested and then things went from there. So there's not really like a magic trick about writing an Op-Ed, but you do have to let go of a lot of your academic concern with detail, nuance, subtlety. The art of an Op-Ed piece, subtlety is not kind of like job one, although there is a place for it at times. It's not to say that the best Op-Ed pieces is a sledgehammer, it's not. But it's just we've been so trained to focus as academics on the subtlety, the nuance, the details, and so you do have to let go of some of your academic sensibilities. If you can find someone to work with, that's a really good thing, but my initial Op-Eds were just on my own, but I was very lucky-- and this is something I think we could do here at Harvard and I'd actually like talk to you more about this later. So after I wrote my first Op-Ed piece, then I got an email from someone at UCSD. I was teaching in San Diego at the time-- and just a small aside-- when I was in San Diego, the New York Times never accepted any of my Op-Ed pieces, and then I moved here, and suddenly like [INAUDIBLE]. So OK, better late than never. I know it wasn't me. But I got an email from someone in our press and communication office and she said, that was a great piece, I loved it, would you like to work with me in the future? And so, we did and we had a great partnership and it went like this. I had something to say, something happened, I would write a draft, I sent it to her-- Inga Kiddera was her name. Inga would look at it, she'd give me some suggestions-- she had been in journalism-- I would make them, and then she would shop them around for me. And that was a giant blessing because, frankly, it's hard to shop your own Op-Ed pieces. And nobody likes rejection, but it's particularly-- if you're an academic and you're used to getting reviews, you get feedback, you revise, you resubmit-- to have an Op-Ed editor to say, sorry, we're not interested and no explanation, nothing-- because that's how it goes because they're not obligation to give-- they're not reviewers, right? That was kind of hard, but she would shop them for me. And so working with Inga, we'd place pieces, as Tara said, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle-- practically every major newspaper in this country with the notable exception of one in New York, but that's OK. And here's the other really important thing I just want to say before I pass on to the others. So one thing I've really noticed moving here from California-- it's not a criticism of Harvard which is an incredibly great university. I'm totally proud and thrilled to be here, but we tend to sort of think when we think about newspapers, the media, we think about The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and that's fine. They're absolutely fantastic, amazing newspapers and they reach lots and lots of people. But there are millions and millions of people in this country who do not read The New York Times and that could be hard to believe being at Harvard-- or The Boston Globe or even The Los Angeles Times. There's this world of people are out there that we don't reach and this election has made that incredibly clear, if we didn't know it beforehand. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: So thank you for that, Naomi, and I wanted to turn to Katie. So Naomi said something very, very important. She said she's home, she's baking cookies, there are fires all around her, she had this idea that fires connect people to climate change in a very real way. And so embedded in that observation is that this was incredibly timely. The wolf was at the door, she had knowledge, and she jumped on it very quickly. There was a reason for an editor to look at that piece in that moment. And I'm wondering if you can talk about the importance of that, Katie, and conversely, getting an idea, a pitch, that's kind of-- it could happen any day of the year and there's not that sense of urgency or timeliness and how you think about those two in different ways. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: Sure. I can't overemphasize the importance of timeliness. If something is happening, that's when you should be contacting an editor, not three days later. I often, when I was the Ideas editor, would get a pitch about a topic that was very, very important, but not in the news anymore and there was not a lot of reason to start talking about it again. So within minutes of something happening is when you should be reaching out to an editor, when you should be thinking about it. So that talks a lot to what Naomi said which is always be thinking about these things, always be thinking about what you have to say on different topics and areas of expertise that you have so that you can jump on it. And I would, actually, say the other good thing to do is just talk to editors in advance and get to know editors, have coffee with them. I know I often would make appointments with academics or other local voices that we wanted to, someday, have as contributors thinking about-- often, ideas would come through just a conversation and someone would say, I'm working on this topic and I have a lot of research on x and we would figure out an angle together. And that was one of the things that I actually really enjoyed about working with Op-Eds is the idea that I could help the person think through what they were trying to say on a topic. It doesn't need to be a 700 word Op-Ed fully formed when you turn it in. It can be a nugget of an idea that we can work together to form into a piece. The counter side to that, the idea that you have something that could work any day, it's often what works is something that's counter-intuitive so something that breaks the stereotypes around a topic or that is interesting, unique research that only you are working on in that moment or that only you are talking about that will change a reader's mind, for instance. I always say, why are we doing this piece now is one of the questions that I frequently ask people who are pitching Op-Eds to me and kind of making sure that when you're first approaching the editor, that you can say this is why we're doing this piece now. It's because this is a brand new piece of research or this is something that's on the news or this is something that only I can bring this expertise and the topic is extremely relevant to your readers because-- ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Can you, Katie, so because you're The Boston Globe and you sit in this-- you're awash in academic institutions and real and potential contributors, do you have any observations about or maybe an example of a really successful and also maybe a less than successful pitch that you've had about something related to academic research and feels right or does not in the moment? KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: Sure. I think that they're-- all you have to do is read the Sunday "Idea" section and you'd find successful pitches from academics. We often have pieces, but things that are-- I'm trying to think, of course, I'm struggling now that you've asked me and put me on the spot-- but we-- ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: I should say, very excitedly and happily, Katie's mind is in a new place. Although she edited ideas and Sunday Op-Eds for some time, she's the recently promoted managing editor of The Boston Globe so yea for Katie. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: Thank you. I would say that there are great examples. We did a piece about the history of the word racism a couple of weeks ago. I didn't actually edit that, but I was part of the initial process of soliciting it and bringing it to The Globe. And it was one of those pieces where it could have been very academic and jargony and I know that there was a lot of work put into making it something that a lay reader could read and get through-- early drafts were sort of dense-- but the writer worked very closely with the editor and made it something that felt very accessible to the average reader. I think that there are a couple of pitfalls that writers often find themselves in which make things not successful. So for instance, what I was saying earlier was there's this phenomenon called editing by committee in which you will go through the first edit with a writer and they will send you back a note that says something to the effect of, OK well, I just need to share this around my department. That almost never works for an editor because what comes back from that process is a lot of caveats being added to the piece when-- Going back to something Naomi said, really what works the best is when you have a straight point that you're trying to make and you're using supporting evidence around that as opposed to something that becomes muddied because you want to make sure that this person gets credit for their research or a side is added because you want to make sure it feels nuanced. Nuance is important and, in fact, I think people go too far in terms of taking nuance out, because I think often you do want to have those caveats, but you don't want to have the caveats take away from your argument and that's often what can happen. It's when you start saying things like I'm making this really strident point, but there is all this research that says the opposite. And I feel like there is a pressure in academia to make sure everyone in your department feels like they are in the know about what you're writing or about this excellent opportunity you have to contribute to The Boston Globe or et cetera. But when that process starts to take away from the punch or impact that the piece can have, that's when it gets in the way. And so the other thing that I always appreciate, as I mentioned, is when someone wants to credit their bosses' work. That happens all the time. It's constantly like-- and I want to say-- in the drafts, obviously. This doesn't often ever really make it into the paper, because that's one of the first things, as an editor, that you take out, frankly. So you'll get a piece that's like this Op-Ed wouldn't have been possible without the previous research by my department chair. So just know going in that if you want to do that, you're going to be really-- it's going to be hard to find an editor who's going to let that end up in the paper. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: I'm smiling because it's also completely antithetical to what would happen in a newsroom where reporters will never give their bosses credit for anything. [LAUGHTER] It's the precise opposite, culturally. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: Right. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: The editors only ruin things. Your bosses ruin your best work. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: Exactly. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: One of the great mysteries of the universe is how the pieces get chosen for The New York Times Op-Ed page. You're in the really fortunate position to be overwhelmed with submissions. You're in the really difficult position of being overwhelmed with submissions. So, Jim, can you just talk about that process? So you're thinking about tomorrow's page, what's been the run up to what we will read there, what will appear there-- in print or online. JAMES DAO: Sure. I just want to say I've only been there 10 months so I have yet to reject one of Naomi's. NAOMI ORESKES: But it will happen. JAMES DAO: And it's true that we don't give explanations because, as I explained to one writer, if that's what we did, that's all we would do. So I'd love to be able to boil it down, but it's, of course, it's like a newsroom, in fact. It's sausage making and it's sausage making as ugly as anything that happens in the news operation. But I'll sort of run you through a typical day where we start with the morning meeting. We all come in trying to have read not just our paper, which is enough of an ordeal, but has skimmed other papers and have a sense of what's going on. And we discuss what is the big story that we care about? What is the running story we're going to continue to follow? And what is the role of opinion in this process? And that, in and of itself, is a really complicated question because opinion is so much more diverse and broad than it once was. The Op-Ed page of The Times historically was two pieces and columnists and it still is that-- two pieces by outside writers, often academics, but they could be novelists, it could be regular people, and then two of our regular columnists. But today, we are now online only essays. We are the Sunday Review which is 12 to 15 very often long style essays, sometimes reported and sometimes personal narrative, sometimes standard opinionated Op-Eds with a prescription and a problem. We are the international New York Times, which has its own group of outside international writers writing from across the globe. And there's a whole variety of online types of pieces that we do. One of our favorites is something called The Stone which is a philosopher's blog, basically. It's part of the Op-Ed operation. Some of The Stone essays get into the paper or the Sunday Review, but most of them just live online and it has a dedicated readership. Maybe, if there's any philosophers here, you've actually looked at it. And we have others like that that are developing. So as Katie pointed out, timeliness is huge. We're looking for pieces that can go-- sometimes, we get Op-Eds within an hour of an event taking place. And very often-- KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: And that's when you should be pitching. JAMES DAO: But very often, they're astonishingly good and we try not to distinguish between what goes online versus what goes in the paper because, more and more, we are purely online operation, but we do give a little bit more care and tending to the paper because the readers are a little bit more careful there and we have more time to work on them. But we get full-fledged 850 word Op-Eds within an hour or two of major events and if they are good, we will put them online as quickly as we can, sometimes within an hour or two hours depending on the quality of them. What I would say to sort of be the counter voice on timeliness is every clever reporter has figured out, over the course of their career, that you can make almost anything feel timely if you have the right framing for it. And the key to anything, whether it's a news story or whether it's an Op-Ed, is that as Naomi points out very correctly, you should write about what you know and what you care about. We receive 1,000 pictures a day about people who want to tell us why Trump won and really, we don't care almost from any of you. We have columnists, editorial writers, and big brains across the globe trying to tell us what that is. We're probably not going to really care about your opinion on that. What we are going to care about is if you have some amazing data about voting patterns in a particular part of the country that illuminate how a certain demographic voted-- that could be really interesting. We had a pollster from Cornell who did that and his material made it, it was only online because we had such a flood of post-election stuff. But it just cut an interesting slice out of the electorate that was really interesting to us and we thought illuminated a part of what was going on. Presumably, any researcher doing, no matter how niche or esoteric, has some sort of resonance for people and that's the crucial part of figuring out whether you can make a New York Times Op-Ed because we're not-- as popular as we are in college towns, most of our readers are not academics, most of our readers are not going to know your subjects very well. They're smart generalists, they're sophisticated readers. What they want to do is to take your nugget of information, your research whether it's history or science or politics, and your ability to pull back and say this is why this matters to lots of people is what's going can make the difference between a piece that we take or don't take. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: How many unassigned pieces do you get over the transom every day, roughly, an estimate? JAMES DAO: It's hundreds. And I personally will wake up to 30 in my inbox and many of them I will just farm out to others to read, some of them I'll try to read. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: And what's the best-- JAMES DAO: It's both a blessing and a curse. It's not a curse-- the curse part of it isn't just that it's a lot to read and we can't keep up with it, but to some degree, we want to be able to direct where the Op-Ed page is going on our own. And we could just run things that were sent to us every day of the week for our entire careers. What we try to do as much as possible is to step back and say here's a thought that we think people aren't dealing with and then think of who the right writer is for that, whether it's a novelist or a journalist or an academic, and that's where your relationships with editors do matter. It not only helps you when you do pitch a story, but sometimes we'll come to you because we know that you've done research on something interesting or we know that you've just come out with a book on a particular topic that was totally meaningless and obscure to us until that moment when, suddenly, it wasn't and it really mattered. So our ability to have you on our Rolodexes is important. But we publish-- I don't know, we counted it up the other day-- the operation I oversee probably publishes over 100 things a week between small online and long form in the Sunday Review. And then there's video and now there's audio and there's just an incredible array of things we now do. Weeding through that stuff is a huge part of the day. And I guess, the last point to go beyond the timeliness part of it is because Op-Ed has evolved a lot in the years and it's not just policy, problem, prescription type writing which is what it once was and which we still value and we still do, particularly at this moment when we have a new administration where God knows where they're going, but you know, perhaps, it's a persuadable moment and it's a time for people to weigh in. But we also we also run first person essays that are not even about a problem, necessarily. They're experiential, they're beautifully written very often, but they tell us something about a place in the world or about a state of mind or could be about a problem, as well. And you know that type of essay often is written by an academic, as well. It's going to sound idiotic for me to say this, but study us, study not just the daily Op-Ed page, but study the Sunday Review and think about what you like and what works for you and that's a very important part of the learning process in terms of figuring out what we do and how your work might fit into what we do. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Iris, so you work in a different medium. On the one hand, you do publish things that would look like they could work in print or they could work on cognoscente or [INAUDIBLE] online and its portfolio. But I wanted you to talk about the difference between what you're looking for and who you're looking for when you're looking for Op-Ed pieces we're going to hear. There's been an explosion in the last couple of years in listening to opinion and this very energetic podcast environment that we're enjoying right now. Talk a little bit about how you're choosing or assigning that's different from what your newspaper colleagues might be doing. IRIS ADLER: Well, first of all, I would say that the criteria we use to choose a good cognoscente piece-- they're very similar to the criteria we use for an on-air piece. And some of those attributes have been talked about-- the ability to be concise. While our cognoscente pieces might be up to 800 words, often we'll take those exact pieces and turn them into radio commentaries and then we face said academia writer, we say, OK, now it's going to be cut to 200 words or 300 words. It's really a shocking process and we get a lot of resistance. But as you all know, it is very difficult to be listening to the radio or whatever platform you listen and have someone just talk at you without the inclusion of soundbytes or other kinds of sounds. So the length, literally, is two minutes and that's what you get and it's very difficult taking that writer from 800 words to two minutes, but it's absolutely critical and some people don't want to do it and that's fine. But in either case, we really need to be very focused whether it's a cognoscente piece or radio piece-- I think someone has talked-- but we're not dealing with big topics here. There was a very prominent Harvard academic who used to write for us and his topics would be like how do we fix education. I mean we really, really do need a very small, but compelling byte. We also have emphasized more particularly for the radio or podcast, as you said, this little narrative style. Ever since the huge success of This American Life and serial that storytelling narrative has sort of infiltrated every part of the audio world, whatever platform we're talking about. And so often in our cognoscente pieces or our radio pieces, if the point could be wrapped in some kind of narrative, it makes it more compelling for the listener and people are just used to this now. So we often help people try and find something of a story to help illustrate their point. One of the big differentiators-- and this sounds so obvious, but it's something we have to explain to people all the time-- that just because you're a brilliant writer does not mean that you're a great voice on the radio. And sometimes, you're a brilliant talker and then you get someone in a studio, you put a mic in front of them, and it's kind of daunting. You've all done this. You're sitting there alone in a studio, the mic, an engineer and producers sort of talking at you. They're saying now sound natural. Not everybody could do it. We have some people who do it brilliantly all the time-- Nancy Gertner comes to mind who we use a lot-- from the Law School. So it's the actual voice, but then there's what I call the sort of voiciness. You could see why Naomi's a great writer because she has-- like right away, we would call it like pops through the air. She just has that kind of energy. And again, you can be brilliant and articulate and just not be able to bring that kind of energy that-- ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Can someone learn that? Can you help them achieve that? IRIS ADLER: Here's what I think you could do. You could have someone-- like literally, I tell people stand in front of the mirror and practice every night and record yourself and then listen back. Because when you listen back, you really get a sense of how flat you could sound, how dull you could sound. And I will often coach people as they're in the studio and say it's going to sound very exaggerated to you, but you need to bring energy and emphasis which goes back to the more important point that if someone is really passionate about a topic, if they can bring that passion both to their writing and to the air, it is really useful because radio is a very intimate forum and it's very hard, I think, to be inauthentic on the radio or at least to be good. You know people always point to Ira Glass who's the-- you all know, the huge radio This American Life star. And he sounds when you hear him on the air so authentic just like he's sitting down and just talking. But every word that Ira writes is written out and his ums are written. This is the sort of famous thing-- you know those ums he does and those like, wait, let me correct myself here thing-- this is all written down. So people who are really talented at it-- and they're few and far between-- know how to write to sound authentic, but for the rest of us, we just need to be able to do it. And I think often, some people, it's just practice and just getting comfortable so they can sort of be self-revealing. For other people, they're just not going to get there. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: You totally ruined This American Life for many people today. NAOMI ORESKES: Now, you're going to tell us Garrison Keillor isn't authentic. [LAUGHTER] IRIS ADLER: I don't know him. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: I wanted to ask just so we know how the [INAUDIBLE]. I wanted to ask you guys one more sort of lightning round question and we're going to open it up to your questions and I want to assure you all that I'm going to end no later than a quarter to two. I know some of you have classes to teach a, but b, some of you probably want to have some quick introductory conversations with our guests here today, too. So they'll be there'll be time for that. But the one sort of lightning round question I wanted to ask is and, Jim, you hinted at it. So we've been talking about kind of a traditional Op-Ed writing both for newspapers and for radio, but I wanted to talk about innovations in this space. So The Times is doing Op-Docs and we think now about aspects of journalism being performative, in a sense, and not to take away from fairness or verisimilitude or any of those important traditions, but that just ink on paper or pixels or airwaves-- that it's not always sufficient. We're thinking about the visual nature of these pieces. We are thinking about sound. So if we could just sort of quickly-- and, Jim, I know The Times has experimented in this space a lot-- started some things, stopped some things. But just if you could each just really quickly talk about something that you're excited about that's on the horizon and how, maybe, we should be thinking differently or more innovatively about telling these stories. I'll start with you. JAMES DAO: Want me to start? ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Yeah. JAMES DAO: Well, can I name three things? So well, you mentioned or I actually talked a little bit about The Stone. So one of the things we're doing this coming year are mostly online. They're not blogs, but they're formats, platforms for essentially essays. And I guess I can talk about this. It's a little bit proprietary, but we're hoping to start one on religion and just talking about religion in daily life from all religious points of view, anywhere on the globe. And we're expecting some of the writers will be theologists, some of them will be practicing ministers or rabbis, but we're hoping much of it will be just people talking about religion and how it guides their daily life through their religious experiences from that sort of ground up. And that will, we're hoping, have written essays, sometimes it will be pieces off the news, who knows, if there's significant news in the religion world. Some of it we're hoping will be audio, some of it could be video, as well. And that will be just its own thing we're hoping to create in the coming year. Similarly, we're planning a mainly online feature on Vietnam and how Vietnam the war that has shaped American life today in all its many ways, whether it's having to do with foreign policy or military policy, military strategy, how Vietnam was experienced and still how the war is still experienced by people in Vietnam today. And that's going to be a running feature over the course of the year. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Will you bring in other media? Not just-- JAMES DAO: Yep. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: OK. JAMES DAO: We're doing this sort of in conjunct with Ken Burns who's got a big series coming out on Vietnam. We are playing with, as I was talking to Iris and Katie about, with audio and trying to go the route of doing podcasts. And those are still being worked on. We haven't quite figured out how to do them, but certainly some of it will probably involve some of our columnists, people like maybe Gail Collins or Nick Krostof's kind of a natural for any experiment that you want to try whether it's social media or video. And now we're going to launch him on audio maybe and see how that works. 360 video is the other thing he's going to try. It's an amazing thing. The camera's-- I don't know if anybody's seen them, but 360 video cameras are the size of a tennis ball and you can put them down and just let them run for a couple of minutes and it's just going to be a whole other part of what we do, both in the newsroom and in the opinion section. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: OK. Katie, I have an example in my head for The Globe, but maybe you want to talk about a different one and that was the approach you took to writing about guns-- KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: Oh, sure. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: --which included a massive tweet storm-- KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: Yeah. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: --along with the print presentation, but maybe you could just talk a little bit about that which I thought was very innovative in that space and with that issue. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: And that's something that we've actually been experimenting, generally, with. I would echo, we're also doing a lot of experimenting with 360 video. We're currently working with some MIT academics on a project mapping the Charles River. We have access to the USS Constitution that's in dry-docks right now that we're doing this cool history project on. And what Ann Marie is referring to is a editorial that we wrote back in June. It was a project that I led looking in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, calling for a ban on assault rifles. And what we did for that project is we approached it in three ways-- one for print, one for our online desktop, mobile experience, and then for social. The print product was probably something that all of you would be very familiar with. We wrapped the front page of The Globe on a Thursday morning with the editorial as well as some graphics kind of making the case that we should ban assault rifles. Then, we wrote a very traditional editorial. And then for digital, it was much more of an interactive experience. We also had several calls to action within it so we targeted six senators that we knew were vulnerable on this topic and asked them to change their vote and most of them lost at the beginning of November. They received thousands of tweets via The Boston Globe website and that was something that was really heartening. Kelly Ayotte was one, in particular, that probably because of the local ties that came under assault, basically, off from The Globe's website and ultimately changed her vote which was something that we were really proud to see. And then finally, we did this really innovative project which is something we're experimenting with more and more of on social. Every five seconds or excuse me, every five minutes, we posted the name and age of a gun mass shooting victim since Sandy Hook and the killings there. And that was-- ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Every single American victim since Sandy Hook. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: Exactly. Well, every single victim of a shooting in the United States. Some of them were-- a couple of them were actually foreigners. But the power of that was something we were experimenting with and we weren't expecting, but the power of that to see those names and to see how frequently they came and this was something that took 38 hours for us to accomplish was to list every victim's name. We had a very stringent standard for who would be included in that list, and yet, it took that long. We took over The Globe's Twitter handle and particularly the part when we are talking about the children who have died that it became very poignant very quickly to see those names come one after the other and ending on the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting. Just to kind of see the raw power of that was something that we've tried to take and apply in other ways. So we're actually now, almost in every major project that we do through the newsroom and the Op-Ed page, looking at it through that lens of what should we be doing in print, what should we be doing in digital, and what should we be doing on social. And we just had a huge piece about trolley accident that happened 100 years ago that we did the similar approach to and had a lot of success with. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: So, Naomi, I'm wondering if you think about your pieces now. You talked about how when you wrote that first piece for the LA Times these options didn't really exist. Do you think about that more acutely now? It's not just I write this thing, I give it to them, it goes into the newspaper. Are you thinking about building audience or trying new forms of storytelling? NAOMI ORESKES: OK. To me, those are two different questions. In terms of the format, not so much. I mean different things come your way. I love radio. I have to say radio is my favorite thing because you just talk. It's like you get in that booth and it's like you're in the zone and everything else drops away. You don't have to worry about the bags under your eyes or what you're wearing. So I just love radio and I always say yes the opportunity to be on the radio. So don't be afraid of radio. Radio is an academic's dream come true because it's you and your words and your voice so I just think radio is fantastic. I wouldn't say that it's changed how I think about what I'm doing. I'm not sitting around thinking, oh, could I do a podcast on this? I'm not doing that, although maybe I will-- I don't know. But in terms of the storytelling part, absolutely definitely and actually, my great postdoc, Jeff Zupan, is here who's working with me right now on a kind of novel approach to climate change solutions. So yes, I've certainly been thinking about that for a while and I would say my work with journalists and the work I've done trying to reach a broader audience has certainly made me think much more about how we tell our stories and why, as academics, what some of the obstacles are for us. That as academics, we have certain conventions of academic life that we subscribe to that absolutely do get in the way-- no question about that. And so I think where I'm at right now and I hope Judy's listening very closely, I'm not so much interested in changing what I do for journalists. I'm pretty happy with what I've done in the journalistic popular domain. It's more like I think I'd like to become involved now in a movement to change how academics write for each other because I've come to think I don't actually understand why we, as academics, insist on writing books that are excruciatingly boring and that no one will read. I mean it makes no sense to me and I'm fully tenured so I can say this now-- and I'm not looking for another job and I don't want to be a dean. But really, I mean it's really this kind of extremely interesting mystery about how and why we write these incredibly boring books that only 17 other people in our field would read and it wasn't always that way. And as a historian of science, I can tell you that we had Harvard professors of geology right here in this institution who, in the 1920s, were writing bestsellers about continental drift, what would have been considered a very academic topic. So some of the issues about why we, as academics, do the things we do, so I'd like to see the academic side of this world begin to move and shift and think more about who our audience is and why have we defined our audience in such an excruciating now way. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: That's great. And, Iris, the last word to you. If somebody comes to you, are you putting a premium on how innovative the approach might be? Are you looking for new ways of storytelling? IRIS ADLER: We're pretty committed to podcast development I mean I would say that's, as a senior manager, 90% of my job right now. We kind of understand that nobody under the age of 40, let's say, owns a radio and that even-- no, they don't, they listen on iPhones or their iPads and even cars which are now internet connected. We're going to lose that listening platform, as well, listening to radios in cars. So we're very committed to developing innovative content in the digital space. And for us right now, that means audio because it's on demand and it's portable and that's what these generations coming up expect and want just like we do with television, et cetera. So we're very committed to podcasting and I'm happy to say we produced a very successful one with The Times this year. We took their "Modern Love" column and we produced it as a podcast. You should go to iTunes and subscribe if you haven't yet. We're on the verge, just hiring people right now, working with The Boston Globe to produce a podcast on the Isabella Stewart Gardner theft as a kind of eight part serial like series. And so we're always looking for great content and voices for podcasts. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Great. Thank you. So I wanted to turn to you all for your questions for our guests today and my guess is you have many. And if I could just ask, if people would introduce themselves before they ask their questions. AUDIENCE: My name is Peter Girguis. I'm in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Thank you all very much. This was fantastic. I have two questions. I'll start with one that's more straightforward and one that might be more challenging. The first is I think Iris addressed this. To what extent are you open to academics and others bringing you something that they have developed if it moves beyond a podcast, some sort of innovative way of communicating what we do to the public? And how might you expect your various institutions to engage these maybe sort of more innovative, if not unconventional, ways of communicating? So first one. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Do you have an example? AUDIENCE: Yeah. So let's say that there is-- this is a kind of shooting from the hip here example, but let's say that I'm a deep sea biologist and I'm interested in engaging the broader public in helping me identify and characterize some of these deep sea organisms that people haven't seen before, just sort of the citizen science movement, right? And so let's say I have a web platform or an app or something that allows folks to do this and let's say there's broad engagement. To what extent or how might I approach you all to say, hey, can you help me get this word out? Is that something that your office does or another office? So that's an example. The second question is the bigger more difficult one. IRIS ADLER: Can I just stop you there for a second? AUDIENCE: Yes. IRIS ADLER: Never use the words will you help me get the word out because that immediately signals to us that this is a sort of PR kind of request. AUDIENCE: Right. Understood. So perhaps then to rephrase it, to what extent are you interested in being a part of this? So the second question is, how are you all viewing this change in the way information and rather misinformation is being presented as information and how do we engage with you all on topics like that. So if there is a position or an idea we have that touches upon that sort of the fake news and the like, where are those boundaries drawn? Frankly, how do you all as journalists decide what is and isn't ethically appropriate to take a position on or does that rest with us? If you see where I'm going with that. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: So maybe if we could get one or two of you to answer the first question and then one or two of you to-- I mean, we could spend the day on fake news which many of us are obsessing about and it's not just coming from those who would intentionally do harm, it's coming from our own industry, frankly. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: I'm happy to tackle the first one. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: OK. Go, Katie. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: I think that we have actually, at the Idea section, we have actually experimented a lot with trying to work with academics where they are. So one of the things that I was going to bring up before I started talking about the assault rifle campaign was that one of the things that we've been doing lately is taking artifacts or different manuscripts and transcripts and things like that and having academics essentially annotate them for us and have it be kind of an actual back and forth about a document or something-- a piece of science or-- One of the things that is going to be in the paper on Sunday is some MIT professors have come up with these mathematical quizzes. And they're making a broader point, but we're working on how to make them online and make them interactive. If you have something like an app that you wanted to work with us on, we would probably figure out a way to repurpose it and put it in our paper or put it online and then include an introduction or something that directs traffic. I mean, I think that there are always ways to work these things out and I, personally, have always been open to trying to find a solution on those. And so I would never hesitate to kind of approach an editor with a project like that as long as you're going into it with an open mind that the solution might not be one that works for you, too. IRIS ADLER: Yeah. I think it depends a little bit how mission central your project might be to us. If it's this fascinating new way of understanding this world that you describe and there's a way that it can be incorporated into our platforms and be of joint benefit editorially to you as well as us, we're always open to those ideas. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: And on the fake news issue? JAMES DAO: You're looking at me. So actually, I'm not entirely sure I understand the question, but fake news is just a big news story right now and how it exists and how it was disseminated the way it was and why people believed it are all like fascinating elements of a news story that we're also weighing in as an Op-Ed page. There's questions about how social media-- we've ran a couple of pieces in the Sunday Review a couple of weeks ago about how it's easy to game Facebook and Reddit, for instance, to disseminate this stuff and there's a huge appetite for it and it's profitable. And our News section came out with a similar story a few days later. In terms of whether we, as the Op-Ed page, are susceptible to fakery is, of course, always been a problem and always been an issue. And the way we deal with it is we have fact checkers. The front line editors and there's about a dozen of them that work with me, part of their job is to fact check, but we also have a team of fact checkers that go through everything. And every piece gets at least some basic fact checking. But because we are opinion, we're allowing for a certain-- is not the stretching of fact, but we're allowing people to use what they can say is demonstrably reasonably provable fact to build an argument. And if the basic foundation of that is true and checkable, then that passes our first line test of whether we'll run it or not. NAOMI ORESKES: Can I engage you, though, in a question related to this because a lot of my work in the last 10 years has been about not-- I wouldn't call it fake news, but disinformation promoted by people for various reasons and the promotion of what I think people now call false equivalence. And there's no question that the mainstream media are part of this story because of the so many times that mainstream media have quoted, let's say, at least in the realm of science, nonscientific sources like the Cato Institute on a question of science about which any scientist would have agreed that what the Cato Institution was saying was not correct scientifically, not supported by scientific facts. And yet in an article in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Boston Globe, you know wherever, you would see those quotations juxtaposed with a scientist, therefore creating the impression that there was a scientific debate which, as I've shown in my work, is the whole point of that kind of thing. So that's one question I have is I guess my perception from my view is that the media, the news media, have not been as alert to that problem as I think they need to be-- that's one thing. And even though many journalists I've talked to say, oh, we don't do that anymore. We don't make that mistake anymore. We know we shouldn't do that, yet I see it all the time. And then the other part has to do with the Opinion page and this is a tricky one because, obviously, opinion pages are opinions. But I have seen cases-- and I'm going to be specific to The New York Times now because I'm using facts-- where someone on the opinion page, either a guest writer or one of your own columnists-- and if you're interested, later, I can tell you offline who-- has said something in an opinion a matter of fact that was demonstrably false and used a false claim to build the opinion piece. And one time-- this happened a few years ago before I had friends on the editorial page who I would now reach out to and call-- but where this happened with a particular columnist where I had seen it happen more than once. And on the third time, it happened to be about a topic that I knew very well that one of my own students had written their honors thesis on was a claim that was demonstrably false-- I had the documentation. And I did send something to The New York Times, never received any reply. Yeah. And that false claim is now, if you go to The New York Times microfiche, it's there. So I guess I have two questions. One is about how you think about it, but the more important question, I think, for this audience is, what should we do? So we're reading The New York Times, we see something that we know is false as scholars and academics who have worked on it, yet it's now there in The New York Times. What is the right way for us to try to engage with you to try to correct something like that and prevent that from happening again? JAMES DAO: Sure. So we pride ourselves in how many corrections we run and we run a lot. And they can be unbelievably arcane, but it's a crucial part of what we do. And as both the newsroom employee and a newsroom editor and now the Op-Ed editor, I generally believe that we should err on the side of correcting when we can, because sometimes it is a little bit hard to get to get to ground truth on some of the issues that come up. But the columnists, believe it or not, make mistakes. In fact, I woke up this morning to two complaints about columns over the weekend and we will take that up with them. They have their own fact checkers. They try to run this stuff through their own process, but journalism is an incredibly imperfect process and that goes for the Op-Ed page, too. We are a self-correcting institution and we self-correct in two ways. Sometimes, when there's a clear factual error that somebody can tell us is a clear factual error, we will push-- most editors attitude is we will do a correction on it and that will go online under the piece as well as in the paper. Sometimes, the problems of coverage are more nuanced or complicated and they're not simple facts. And we correct by trying to come up with different viewpoints or different types of stories to broaden the understanding of an issue beyond what might have been a less than accurate portrayal. NAOMI ORESKES: But if I can just press slightly, I'm sorry, but what should we do? Because when I did reach out, I never got a response. And how do we communicate with you about these issues? JAMES DAO: There is this-- I'll be honest, I don't know where you find it, but we have a corrections editor for the entire news organization. NAOMI ORESKES: You mean the public editor? JAMES DAO: No, you can go to the public editor, if you want, and a public editor may take it up or they may send the note to me. But there is an editor who just handles corrections for the entire-- NAOMI ORESKES: So that's the right place to go, not the Op-Ed page. JAMES DAO: And I'm trying-- I don't know the email off hand, but it's probably where you find corrections in the newspaper. You will see an email there and you send your correction to there and, believe it or not, they go through all of them and then they either dispel them immediately if it doesn't look like it's a correctable error or they send it off to people like me and then I give it to another editor who will then try to get to ground truth. So we are constantly dealing-- and that's really-- if you know an editor, you can always send them a note. NAOMI ORESKES: And that's what I would do now. Just curious, though, because lots of people don't necessarily know editors. JAMES DAO: But there is a public process and it's laid out, I think it's probably a whole page on The Times website that explains the corrections process. IRIS ADLER: Yeah. AUDIENCE: I am Brigitte Madrian and I'm a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. I work on the behavioral economics of household financial decision making. I have, I guess, a more logistical question. So in my discipline, economics, if you're trying to publish a paper, it would be considered an ethical violation to submit your paper to more than one journal at the same time. On the other hand, if you're trying to write a book, you could shop your book proposal around to multiple publishers and find the best deal. So I guess I'm asking for those of us who have never written an Op-Ed before, what are the ethical norms for getting an Op-Ed published? Can you only shop it around one place at a time so you have to do it sequentially? Or could you send it to 200 different outlets and if 150 of them say they love it, you could publish it in all 150 of them? KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: I would say definitely, one at a time. Never offer an Op-Ed to an editor that's not an exclusive to that editor. JAMES DAO: Yeah, I would second that. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: So can I just then ask about the tension between that sequential offering and earlier comments about you're getting things within an hour of an event and you want things that are very-- three days from now is too late. So that system presumes that an editor's getting back to you instantly to say I love or I don't love this piece. So how do you navigate between those? KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: I often suggest putting an expire time or date on your email saying if I don't hear back from you by this time, then I will assume that you are not interested and I will move on. I frequently find myself, I can't speak for Jim, but I have 56,000 emails that are unread right now. [LAUGHTER] NAOMI ORESKES: That makes me feel better. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: I literally get thousands of e-mails every day and it's a combination of the fact that I have always had a foot in the newsroom and a foot in opinion and with ideas, we did reported pieces and opinion pieces so I think I get more than most people. But the point being, I often find myself sending a note to someone whose pitch I am reading a day later or two days later then I should be and saying, have you placed this somewhere else? I don't have the expectation that you've been waiting for me to get back to you because of that timeliness and that importance and timeliness. So as long as you're clear up front saying, if I don't hear from you by this time, I think that's fair game to move on to the next place. JAMES DAO: It's good advice. NAOMI ORESKES: I can make one suggestion that could be helpful, too. Sometimes, you might have an idea for something, like something's coming up and you anticipate that you might have something to say. So one of the pieces I'm most proud of was one I did in The Washington Post when the fourth assessment report of the IPCC came out. And I knew that wants to report came out, they would be swamped with suggestions, but I had an idea for something I wanted to say in advance of the release. And so I sent it to them two weeks ahead of time. I said, here's a piece that's anticipating the release of the AR4. I think this would be great to run a couple of days before it comes out. And they did and that piece got huge attention because it was actually ahead of the curve. And if you do something like that, then you have a little bit of room to maneuver, too, because as Kathleen said, often, editors don't get back to you right away and then you are in this awkward position of am I waiting or am I moving on? And usually, what I do if that happens is I'll send a follow up saying, if you're interested, please let me know, if not, I'm moving on and then you can move on. But definitely, if you can anticipate and get it in ahead of time, that gives you both a bit of room to maneuver. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: That's great, great, great advice. I mean, editors are always assigning their reporters anticipatorily-- is that a word? And so to think about that for Op-Eds is a really good piece of advice. You had your hand up. AUDIENCE: I did? ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Oh, you didn't. OK. AUDIENCE: Well, I sort of did. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Sort of did? AUDIENCE: It was a follow up to this-- ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Jeff, say who you are. AUDIENCE: Oh, hi. I'm Jeffrey Zupan. I'm Naomi's postdoc. It was a follow up to that discussion where I've often been in a situation where there's a timeliness to an issue and you'd love for it to have the impact of The Times or Globe or something like that. But you have a Huffington Post blog and you could just post it in an hour. And so there's that deliberation as to how long-- you say you're not waiting for us, but we're waiting for you, like we'd love to hear back. So is it appropriate to literally give you just five hours notice or something like that? I always felt rude putting such a hard time stamp. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: I think it's really a case by case basis. If it's something like you want to respond to claims that there has been a genocide in x country and that news has just broke, then I think giving editors five hours is fine. I think if it's something that is a week from now, we know this report is going to be released, give me a day or two. And I also think the other thing I would add is it's always appropriate to follow up because there are often times when I miss the first email, but the second email for some reason-- it's quieter or there's something happening and I can get to it faster. But I would say you're selling something when you're trying to put your opinion out there and you have every right to say this offer expires, I would say. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Yes. AUDIENCE: Hi. I'm Melani Cammett from the Government department and I have a question that's sort of related to the fake news question, which is are you perceiving that expertise is more discredited now or taken less seriously? I'm asking for a particular reason. I was in a social situation about six months ago-- and I work on the Middle East, I specialize in the Middle East-- and I was absolutely shocked at how many statements were made that were completely wrong about Islam in the Middle East. So I got it in my head to write this book aimed at the general public correcting some of this misinformation. And I actually gave up the idea because I became convinced after conversations with colleagues that my expertise would not be taken seriously by precisely the people I want to target. And so I've been sort of wrestling with whether it's worth bothering with this sort of thing and also whether-- and this relates to Naomi's point about where we place our pieces. If I'm writing something about how Muslims do not actually disproportionately blow themselves up or something like that. Is this better pitched at an outlet that's not The New York Times or The Boston Globe or something like that so that I reach a more general audience? Or is my likelihood of getting discredited higher elsewhere? Thank you. JAMES DAO: That's a tough question. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: I know. I think you've kind of put your finger on the larger existential question that our industry is really doing some soul searching on right now. I think that if you're placing something with The Boston Globe, you sort of know the audience that is going to be reading The Boston Globe or The New York Times going into it. I would love to say that you should be broader in your thinking in terms of where you're placing things. I think that one of the issues we saw in the last election is the fact that we have seen the erosion of news outlets, particularly in the middle part of the country, given the financial circumstances that our industry finds itself. That said, you are opening yourself up. I actually often feel like I'm a therapist as much as anything when I'm dealing with particularly new writers. And I have to explain, like you're putting yourself on a page. We had a piece that a writer, an academic at Berkeley wrote for us about sexual assault and her own personal experiences with it. And I literally had to-- I went back and forth with her repeatedly about the fact that she was really putting her own personal experiences for the world to read and then the comments were horrific. And I felt like we had done a lot of work to prepare her for that I just didn't-- that she was very upset. And so I feel like that that's the one thing I always say is make sure you know what you're getting into, too, when you're offering your opinion, particularly on a controversial subject, that you know going into it there are going to be people who disagree with you. NAOMI ORESKES: I don't think you should give up, though. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: No, no. NAOMI ORESKES: I think, actually, the harder it is, the more important it is. Right? KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: Yeah. It's a good point. NAOMI ORESKES: And I think there are things you can do to protect yourself and maybe we should have another session for us academics to talk about how to protect yourself, because I'm trying to figure out how come my name got taken off that list of the 40 horrible liberal professors-- anyway, that's another story. But there are a lot of people in this country who want to hear what you have to say and the trick is to figure out how to reach them and that means working with your editor to think about strategies. And one thing I learned after my last book that I'm taking forward into my next project-- and this gets back to the whole fly over country problem-- I hate that expression. But most book editors, like most newspaper editors, are very focused on certain populations in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, people who buy books, people who buy newspapers, people who still subscribe to newspapers, and that's great and those people are important and we are those people. But there are a lot of other people in other places who will buy books and read books if you reach out to them, but your editor won't send you them because your editor's business model is not based on Des Moines-- I keep coming back to Iowa. I was obviously out of my mind right now. But you can negotiate with your editor. And I learned this in my last book project because my editor was just going to send me to five big cities, urban markets, but people reached out to me and I went on a book tour in Kansas. I went to three cities in Kansas-- Lawrence, Hays, and Manhattan. It was one of the best things I ever did in my life. And to this day, I carry with me the woman I met in Hays, Kansas. So I went to Hays, Kansas to talk about climate change in a very, very, very red place surrounded by wheat fields and this woman came up to me and she said, God bless you for coming Hays. So I mean, you can reach people, but you have to go to where they are and there are strategies to do that. And I think we could talk about that and I'd love to talk more about that, actually. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Yes. AUDIENCE: I'm Tyler VanderWeele, School of Public Health. I was wondering if any of you had additional balm to offer to the paranoid academic who would like to keep in all of the caveats and exceptions. I recently published an Op-Ed on protective effects of religious participation on health. And after the editor was done with my carefully constructed piece, while I could see how it was much more appealing to a general audience, made me cringe a little bit. Is this something that we just kind of need to deal with and get over or do you have further advice you might give to those of us who find ourselves in such a position? IRIS ADLER: I think you just need to keep on focusing on the impact that you're going to have by getting your pieces published. that's the price that you're paying in spite of the fact that it might be contrary to all of your training and all of your instincts. And quite frankly, that's why it's so hard to work with academics because they know they hold and cherish these sort of rules in their head about how they should write and how they should express them self very dearly, and it's understandable. That's how they've been trained. But you just have to think of the greater impact that you will have by sort of letting go of that and just suck it up and do it. [LAUGHTER] ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: I want to be clear to underscore that it's not an anti-intellectualism or anything like that that motivates that response from journalists. I spent nine years on the Pulitzer Prize Board and for those books, we spent a lot of time talking about the footnotes because that was very important to that form. It's a different form and it has different conventions. So one is absolutely essential for one form and a different convention absolutely essential for building an audience with the other form. So you just have to kind of think of it that way and let go. IRIS ADLER: I think it's also important that we really have hard data now, all of us, on our online writings and columns. When did people stop reading, at what point? And we have it for the radio, too. At what point did they stop listening to that story? And it's not that we don't want to go long and deep as you might want to, it's just that we really understand with very hard data that people are going to just stop paying attention. JAMES DAO: Ann Marie, can I just say we all represent opinion sections so we want you to have a point of view and so that point of view has to be clear and if it's not, you publish it in some other place. But that said, we often want Op-Eds or long essays, whichever, to reflect you know the counter argument and to the degree you can explain what that counter-argument is concisely and accurately, it makes for a better piece, almost always. Of course, you're setting it up accurately so you can knock it down. But that should be part-- it doesn't have to be a part of every Op-Ed, but that's often a part of a very successful Op-Ed. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: Sorry, I'll just add, the one other thing I would say is trust your editor, especially if you're working with a reputable publication. You can push back if you think, for instance, a headline goes too far or something, but we do do this for a living and we do have a sense of what people are going to read and what people are going to respond to. And so I often get pushback that how could I possibly choose to take this paragraph out, it's essential. But there is actually thinking behind why we're doing that. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: Does anyone have a question who hasn't asked a question first? No? OK. Go ahead. AUDIENCE: This is just a quick follow up to what the gentleman asked earlier. So I've had great experiences with most editors. On rare occasion, I come across an editor who has really taken what they've gotten from me and used it to convey a very different message. So at what point does my ownership over those ideas begin and so on? And is it appropriate for me to say, sorry, I don't want to be a part of this? JAMES DAO: Yeah, totally. Absolutely. KATHLEEN KINGSBURY: Absolutely. JAMES DAO: We view-- and if this was a New York Times editor, you let me know-- we view our role as helping you to make your argument, not to make our-- most of us, we're running pieces regularly that have arguments that we think are daft or terrible or wrong headed, but that's what we do. That's what the Op-Ed is. That's the Op in Op-Ed, to some degree. So you should always-- it is your piece. If you don't like where it's going, then you pull it. If it's right on deadline. I may not use you again, but-- I'm kidding. But we always send playbacks of the edited versions and very often people pitch a fit at the last minute and we try to work out a compromise, and if we can't-- it's never happened under my watch, but I'm sure there's been cases where people pull their pieces. NAOMI ORESKES: I have to go to class, but I wanted to just add because this is so important for you guys on the supply side. That does happen and I've had great experiences with almost all the editors I've worked with, learned a lot from them. Totally agree like your editor is an expert and you should trust them, but I recently did have an experience with a piece that had gone back and forth, worked closely with an editor. I was happy, he was happy, all good. And at the 11th hour, I mean literally, like 11 o'clock at night on the night before this was supposed to run, he came back with a change that had been suggested by his boss-- we won't say what newspaper it was-- and it was unacceptable to me. And I was actually very shocked and I said to this editor who I had a relationship with. I said you can't be serious. Actually, to my mind, completely undermined in a significant way what I was doing and I just said it's not acceptable. I said either we get is that or I'm pulling the piece. And at that point, you have leverage because they've actually made a space. Not that they don't have other things they could put in, of course, I'm sure you have tons of things. JAMES DAO: We've learned our lesson on that. Yeah. NAOMI ORESKES: But the point is it wasn't acceptable and I just said it's not acceptable. And then we went back and forth a few more times and came up with a compromise that was. So you have leverage, especially at that last moment and you shouldn't allow anything to go forward that-- I mean, stylistic things are one thing, but if there's something substantive that you are not comfortable with, you actually have to stop it because that's your expertise and credibility on the line. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: And the last thing an editor wants is the person who wrote the piece complaining publicly about how something was distorted in their piece. So it's just in everybody's interest. And before we let Naomi go, there is one point I wanted to bring up that maybe she could just quickly address before she goes to class. And that is I think I've heard from, in particular, from junior faculty, that it's very hard sometimes to think about and to justify why they should be spending time doing this kind of public work when they're so busy doing the work they need to do to achieve tenure or some other status-- NAOMI ORESKES: Yeah. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: --and focus third time on academic publishing. And so I'm wondering if you could just, from a point of empathy, just talk about that for a minute. What is the value of doing this work when you've got so much else to do? NAOMI ORESKES: Yeah. That's a hard one because I never like to tell other people what to do or how to live their lives, but in terms of the value, I think that's a good way of putting the question. I think there's a couple of things. I think this election really brings home in a really serious way-- a lot of people are beating up on themselves about the election and different things they could or should have done. And all I know is I sleep well at night because I know for the last 15 years, I've been doing everything possible that I can from my vantage point to communicate to the American people about climate change and why it matters to our lives. So I sleep well at night knowing that I've done my part and that's, for me, personally gigantic. And I couldn't justify being an ivory tower academic if I didn't personally have that piece of my life. So it's just a really personal thing. Other people will feel differently. On a less personal note, I think the value from a sort of pragmatic standpoint is that you actually do become a better writer and better communicator when you work with professionals like these amazing people here. This is my chance to suck up to these wonderful people who have taken the time to come to be with us today. Just like you want people to respect your expertise, they have expertise. Like Iris just said, they have data at their fingertips. They have experience. They know a lot about what works. And when you work with them, you learn from their expertise and you become a better writer and that carries over into your teaching and makes you better able to reach your students, it carries over into your pitches to publishers when you're shopping those books around and your publisher asks, well, who's going to read this other than the 17 experts in Sanskrit irregular verbs? Right? You have to make the case for your work on all kinds of different levels-- well, Liz isn't at Harvard Press anymore, but when you go to the editor at Harvard Press. So being able to make that pitch to boil it down to say why somebody should take the time to read my 800 page magnum ocean opus on the history of cold war oceans. I'm much more able to sell my academic work as a result of having done this more broader-- I don't like to call popular broader work. So I think it does make you better at your job, overall. That doesn't happen overnight, but it does happen. And I know when I work with my students now, Jeff will tell you, I'm always hitting on my students now, what is the point here? Why is this important? Why Should your reader now spend the next three days of his or her life reading this book? Right? And that carries over to everything you do. So I think that's the pragmatic value answer. ANN MARIE LIPINSKI: That's a great answer. Thank you very much. I started by saying it was a kind of a different time when Judy first put this together and a lot has changed in the months since then. And the discussion here that came up a couple of times about fake news is really a huge-- not so much development, because it had been happening, but a moment and a moment for all of us to acknowledge. And trust me, it's rocked our industry in really significant ways as well as the tech and the social industry that is also grappling with these issues. But the cure for fake news is factual news. The cure for lies is knowledge. And it is so incredibly important that you all think about what role you can play in that, at least it is from my perspective. And I'm in a completely share Naomi's view of the value of that. So really on behalf of the democracy, to thank you all who have so much knowledge and expertise, to thank you all for taking the time to even think about this issue and how you might bring your voice to the public in a stronger way. And then, please join me before we break and let you talk to them individually, if you'd like, please join me in thanking our three amazing panelists for their time. [APPLAUSE]



The following abbreviations and notes are used to represent NYU schools and colleges:

Abbr. Meaning
* Did not graduate
CAS College of Arts and Science
DENT College of Dentistry
NURSING Rory Meyers College of Nursing
GAL Gallatin School of Individualized Study
GSAS Graduate School of Arts and Science
IFA Institute of Fine Arts
SPS School of Professional Studies
ENG School of Engineering (discontinued/merged; now POLY)
LAW School of Law
MED School of Medicine
POLY Tandon School of Engineering
SSW Ehrenkranz School of Social Work
STEINHARDT Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
STERN Stern School of Business
TSOA Tisch School of the Arts
ARTS University College of Arts and Sciences (discontinued/merged; now CAS)
WAG Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
SHA New York University Shanghai
WSC Washington Square College (discontinued/merged; now CAS)

In 1973, the New York University School of Engineering and Science merged into Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn,[9][10][11][12][13] which in turn merged into NYU to form New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering in 2014. In 2015, a $100 million gift from Chandrika andRanjan Tandon for engineering at NYU resulted in the school changing its name to NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Academia and research


Name Year School Degree Notability Reference
John S. Allen 1936 GSAS Ph.D. First president of the University of South Florida in Tampa; interim president of the University of Florida in Gainesville [14][15]
Samuel Baskin 1974 GSAS Ph.D. First president of the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati [16][17]
Edward J. Bloustein 1948 WSC B.A. Seventeenth president of Rutgers University; professor at NYU Law [18]
Truesdel Peck Calkins Founder and first president of Hofstra University [19][20]
Frank A. Cipriani GSAS M.A., Ph.D. Fifth President of SUNY Farmingdale [21][22]
Katharine Culbert Lyall 1969 Stern M.B.A. President, University of Wisconsin–Madison; President of the University of Wisconsin System
Urban Gonnoud 1958 Stern M.B.A. 15th President of St. Francis College
John Anderson Fry 1986 Stern M.B.A. President, Drexel University
Michael J. Garanzini 1978 STEINHARDT M.A. President, Loyola University Chicago [23]
Marian Stoltz-Loike 1984 GSAS Ph.D. Dean of Lander College for Women and Vice President of Touro College
Hugh M. Gloster 1943 GSAS Ph.D. Seventh president of Morehouse College [24]
Gabriel Hawawini 1977 GSAS Ph.D. Dean, INSEAD [25]
Richard Joel 1972, 1975 Law B.A., J.D. Fourth and current president of Yeshiva University [26]
Kim Won-yong 1959 Ph.D. 'Father of Korean Archaeology', Prof. Seoul National University
Paul Kurtz 1948 WSC B.A. the "Pope of the unbelievers"
James Milliken Law J.D. President of the University of Nebraska; Chancellor of the City University of New York
Donald Moon 1958 ENG M.S. President of Shimer College [27]
Leonard Peikoff 1964 GSAS Ph.D. Intellectual heir of Ayn Rand; leading figure of Objectivism
Nicanor Reyes, Sr. 1917 Stern B.A. Founder and first president of the Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines [28]
Lawrence G. Smith M.D. Founding dean of Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Samuel Merrill Woodbridge 1838 B.A. Led New Brunswick seminary as Dean and President of the Faculty from 1883 to 1901 [29]
Howard Zinn 1951 CAS B.A. Author of A People's History of the United States
Norman Lamm POLY President and chancellor of Yeshiva University
John Cagnetta POLY Dean of engineering at University of Hartford; trustee of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; professor and researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University; member of the United Nations International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Committee; President of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering; Vice President at Northeast Utilities [30]
Hermann Viets POLY President of Milwaukee School of Engineering
Eugene DeLoatch 1966, 1972 POLY M.S., Ph.D. Founding Dean of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering at Maryland's Morgan State University. Chaired the department of electrical engineering at Howard University. First black president of the American Society of Engineering Education. [31]
Jeffrey P. Freidberg 1961, 1962, 1964 POLY B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Professor emeritus and former head of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department at MIT; former associate director of MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center [32]
John P. Schaefer POLY President of University of Arizona
Richard Gross POLY M.S., Ph.D. Constellation Chaired Professor of Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering; Full Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; developed new ways to produce environmentally friendly polymers that use less energy and toxic materials in such products as plastics [33][34]
Joyce F. Brown 1971, 1980 GSAS M.S., Ph.D. President of the Fashion Institute of Technology
Frederick Reines GSAS Ph.D. Professor and chair of physics at Case Western Reserve University
Herbert George Welch POLY President of Ohio Wesleyan University
Peter G. Jordan  POLY Vice Chancellor of CUNY; President of Tarrant County College; dean at New York Institute of Technology; dean at Adelphi University; overseer for Colby College [35][36]
Shirley D. Peterson Law J.D. President of Hood College; sat on the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College from 1994 to 2007; currently a Trustee Emerita of Bryn Mawr College
Jeremy Travis Law J.D. President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Jessica Garretson Finch Law J.D. Founding president of Finch College
Paul Tagliabue Law J.D. Chairman of Board of Directors of Georgetown University
Herbert Carlin POLY Director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University; professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and École Normale Supérieure, Paris
K. Mani Chandy POLY Chair of engineering and applied sciences at the California Institute of Technology; National Academy of Engineering member
Kenneth Connor POLY Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department Head from 2001 to 2008 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; IEEE Fellow
Josef Singer POLY President of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Fortunato de la Peña POLY Chairman of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at University of the Philippines College of Engineering
Eleanor K. Baum POLY Cooper Union Engineering School Dean; served as Dean at Pratt Institute; the first female dean of an engineering school in the United States
Bruno A. Boley POLY Dean of Engineering at Northwestern University; National Academy of Engineering member
Richard E. Sorensen POLY Dean of Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech
John Sterling Kingsley POLY Chair of Biology at Tufts University
Richard S. Stein POLY Founder and Professor of the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at University of Massachusetts Amherst; Member of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering; Fulbright Visiting Professor at Kyoto University; National Research Council Fellow at Cambridge University; Research Associate at Princeton University
Martha Greenblatt POLY Chair of the Chemistry Department at Rutgers University
Harold S. Goldberg POLY Dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering; Gordon Prize winner; National Academy of Engineering member
Russell K. Hotzler POLY President of New York City College of Technology
Fazlollah Reza POLY Head of Sharif University of Technology and University of Tehran; professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and McGill University; Fellow of the IEEE
Virginia P. Ruesterholz POLY Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology
Yehuda (Leo) Levi POLY Rector at the Jerusalem College of Technology
David J. Palmer POLY Department Head and Professor of Marine Engineering at United States Merchant Marine Academy [37]
Victor Wallace POLY Chairman of the Computer Science Department at the University of Kansas; professor at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and University of London; IEEE Fellow [38]
Martin H. Graham POLY Chair of the Computer Science Department at University of California, Berkeley; professor at Rice University; designer of the Rice Institute Computer; served as Secretary of the Academic Senate, University of California from 1978 to 1980 [39]
Jerome Gavis POLY Chairman of the chemical engineering department at Johns Hopkins University; National Academy of Science member; helped develop methods of separating solid waste components [40]
Newt Margulies POLY Dean and Professor of Management in the College of Business Administration at California State University, San Marcos; former Dean of the School of Business, University of California, Irvine [41]
William B. Kouwenhoven POLY Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Engineering
Eugene M. Lang POLY Chair emeritus of the Board of Swarthmore College [42]
Charles Waldo Haskins POLY Founder and first dean of New York University Stern School of Business
Charles E. Anderson POLY Dean at University of Wisconsin, Madison
A. Michael Noll POLY Dean at University of Southern California [43]
Samuel Levy Law B.A., J.D. Chairman of the Yeshiva University Board of Trustees
Clive Dym POLY Chair of the engineering department at Harvey Mudd College; professor at Stanford University; Gordon Prize winner; National Academy of Engineering member
Elmer L. Gaden POLY Former chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at Columbia University; Russ Prize winner; National Academy of Engineering member
Cathy Minehan STERN MBA Dean of the School of Management at Simmons College
Jack Baskin ENG Founder of the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Alexander Schure ENG President of New York Institute of Technology
Alfred Gessow ENG Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and professor at the University of Maryland, College Park; professor at University of Virginia; awarded NASA Exceptional Service Medal
Arthur Bienenstock POLY Vice Provost and Dean of Research at Stanford University; former director of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource [44]
W. J. Seeley POLY Dean of Duke University's Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School of Engineering; served as chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at Duke University; professor at University of Pennsylvania; director of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory [45]
Iris Weinshall WAG Vice chancellor at the City University of New York
Gerald W. Lynch President of John Jay College
John Harvey Kellogg Founder of American Medical Missionary College; invented corn flakes
Giacomo M. Oliva 1982 STEINHARDT Ed.D. Dean of the Hixson–Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln [46]
Rustica Carpio 1956 STEINHARDT M.A. Chairperson and first dean of the College of Communication of Polytechnic University of the Philippines; Dean of the College of Mass Communication at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila; Fulbright Scholar
Brant J. Hellwig 2000 Law LL.M. Dean and Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law [47]
Marcella Runell Hall STEINHARDT M.A. Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Life at Mount Holyoke College.

Professors, researchers and scientists

Name Year School Degree Notability Reference
Neil Garg 2000 CAS B.S. UCLA Professor & Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair
Sylvan Barnet 1948 CAS B.A. Shakespearean scholar
E. Lloyd Du Brul 1937 DENT D.D.S. Author of Sicher and Du Brul's Oral Anatomy
Avery Fisher 1929 ARTS B.S. Inventor of the first stereo radio-phonograph
Caroline D. Gentile 1949 M.A. Associate professor emeritus of education; physical education instructor; longest-serving faculty member of the University of Maine at Presque Isle [48]
Corwin Hansch GSAS Ph.D. Inventor of the Hansch equation
Tito Boeri 1990 Ph.D. Professor at Bocconi University, Milan; director of Fondazione RDB
Eric R. Kandel 1955 Med M.D. 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Peter Lax 1947, 1949 GSAS B.A., Ph.D. 2005 Abel Prize laureate
Leonard Linkow 1952 College of Dentistry DDS Pioneer in oral implantology; nominated for Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1969 [49][50]
Martin Hellman 1966 ENG B.S. Invented public key cryptography; inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame; Turing Award winner
John Harvey Kellogg 1875 Med Co-inventor of Kellogg's cereals
Barbara Keyfitz 1970 Courant Ph.D. Director of the Fields Institute
David Korn 1969 Courant Ph.D. Creator of the Korn shell
Boris Aronov 1986, 1989 Courant M.S., Ph.D. Computer scientist; professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering; Sloan Research Fellow
Gerald Soffen Postdoc Chief scientist of the Viking missions to Mars in 1976
Salvatore Stolfo 1979 Courant Ph.D. Professor at Columbia University
Cathleen Synge Morawetz 1951 Ph.D. National Academy of Science
Lee Morin 1978–1982 Med M.Sc., M.D., Ph.D. Astronaut
Louis Nirenberg 1949 Courant Ph.D. National Academy of Science
Frederick Reines 1944 GSAS Ph.D. 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics
Clifford Shull 1941 GSAS Ph.D. 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics
John Wellborn Root 1969 ARTS B.S. Inventor of the floating raft system
Dennis Tito 1962 CAS B.A. First commercial space flight customer
Victor Twersky[51] 1950 GSAS Ph.D. OSA Fellow, IEEE Fellow and Professor (1966-1990) of Applied Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago
Alfred Vail 1836 B.A. Inventor
George Wald 1927 WSC B.S. 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Barbara Wertheimer 1960 M.A Co-founder and Director, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Robert M. White 1951 ENG B.S. Air Force test pilot
Minoru Yamasaki 1951 GSAS M.A. Works include the World Trade Center
George W.  Melville POLY Engineer-in-chief of the United States Navy; Congressional Gold Medal winner
Erwin Lutwak POLY mathematician, inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society
Gerard A. Alphonse POLY 2005 president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Harold Horton Sheldon POLY Invented a precision photoelectric color-scope measurement instrument, more accurate than the human eye; professor at University of Michigan, University of Chicago, University of Miami and NYU
Ben Zinn 1961 ENG B.S. International soccer player and academic at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Member of the National Academy of Engineering [52]
Ami Miron POLY Received two Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards
Donald J. Metz POLY Nuclear engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Jay Kappraff POLY Professor at Cooper Union; NASA aerospace engineer
Torunn Atteraas Garin POLY Oversaw the development of the artificial sweetener aspartame and was a national spokesperson for it. Developed nontoxic processes to create food colorings and remove caffeine from coffee
Pat Villani POLY Author of DOS-C, the FreeDOS kernel
Richard J. Orford 1962 POLY Developed the first CRT display based automated teller machine and the first ATM using touch screen color graphic display. Developed the industry first bank-from-home banking system for Citicorp. [53]
Peter Hänggi POLY Theoretical physicist best known for his original works on Brownian motion and ratchets, stochastic resonance and dissipative systems (classical and quantum)
Alexander  Johnston POLY Professor at Princeton University
Ernest Bernbaum POLY Professor at Harvard University
Ines Mandl POLY Professor at Columbia University; American Academy of Arts and Sciences member; awarded the Garvan-Olin Medal in 1983 for her work on the enzyme collagenase
Frances Hugle POLY Microscopic and integrated circuitry pioneer; inventor of tape-automated bonding
James  Wood POLY Fabricated the steel cables for the Brooklyn Bridge, making cable-lift elevators possible; contributed to the inventions of lockmaking, submarine, design of the modern refrigerator, A/C generator, electric motors, and transformer; held 240 patents [54]
Alan Schriesheim POLY Director Emeritus and the retired CEO of Argonne National Laboratory; professor at University of Chicago; National Academy of Engineering member
Jay Greene POLY Chief Engineer of NASA Johnson Space Center
Bern Dibner POLY Discovered how to connect electrical conductors still used today. Assembled one of the world's most important history of science libraries, now housed at MIT and the National Museum of American History
Norman Gaylord POLY Played a prominent role in the development of permeable contact lenses
Charles Camarda POLY Astronaut; NASA scientist and mission specialist on the Return to Flight voyage of the shuttle Discovery
Paolo A. Nespoli POLY Italian astronaut, mission specialist at STS-120 Space Shuttle mission
Thomas J. Kelly POLY Scientist; "father" of the Apollo Lunar Module
Jack Ruina POLY DARPA director; MIT professor emeritus
Robert O'Handley POLY MIT professor and research scientist [55]
Michael Strano POLY Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology [56][57]
Howard A. Chinn POLY Pioneered techniques of analog audio recording, and radio and television broadcasting; was chief audio engineer at CBS, and a researcher at MIT and Harvard. [58]
Fredric J. Harris POLY Co-inventor of the Blackman-Harris Filter
Hugh John Casey POLY Designer of the Pentagon
Samuel Ruben POLY Inventor who made lasting contributions to electrochemistry and solid-state technology, including the founding of Duracell; held more than 300 patents
Ephraim Katzir POLY Fourth President of Israel; chief scientist of the Israel Defense Department
Bill Friend POLY Chairman of the University of California's President's Council on the National Laboratories; National Academy of Engineering member
Albert Macovski POLY Professor (Emeritus) at Stanford University; National Academy of Engineering member
Christos V. Massalas POLY Professor at Trinity College, Dublin; Fulbright scholar
Irwin Kra POLY Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Edward R. Knowles POLY Designed searchlights for the U.S. Navy; invented the storage battery [59]
John G. Trump POLY Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; National Academy of Engineering member; developed rotational radiation therapy; with Robert J. Van de Graaff, developed one of the first million-volt X-ray generators
Hamilton Castner POLY Industrial chemist; invented methods to produce sodium metal and sodium hydroxide from soda ash and salt respectively; awarded Elliott Cresson Medal
George Glauberman POLY Professor at University of Chicago; Fellow of the American Mathematical Society; proved the ZJ theorem and the Z* theorem
Jules Bellisio POLY Chief Scientist at Telcordia Technologies
Lew Tucker POLY Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cisco Systems [60]
Herbert Carlin POLY Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University
Charles D. Strang POLY Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David J. Thomson POLY Professor at Princeton University, Stanford University, MIT, and University of Cambridge. Invented the Multitaper
Arthur Bienenstock POLY President of American Physical Society; professor at Stanford University
Ronald R. Yager POLY Professor at University of California, Berkeley; invented Ordered weighted averaging aggregation operator
Peter Pershan POLY Professor at Harvard University
Judea Pearl POLY Professor at UCLA; awarded Turing Award in 2011; Member of the National Academy of Engineering; Member of the National Academy of Sciences
Mischa Schwartz POLY Professor at Columbia University; National Academy of Engineering member
Erol Gelenbe POLY Professor at Imperial College London and Duke University; invented G-networks and random neural network
Martha Greenblatt POLY Professor at Rutgers University
Steven L. Goldman POLY Professor at Lehigh University
John Archibald Wheeler GSAS Wolf Prize in Physics winner; professor at Princeton University; worked with the Manhattan Project's Metallurgical Laboratory in Chicago, where he helped design nuclear reactors; helped design and build the hydrogen bomb; Guggenheim Fellow
Buddy Ratner POLY Professor at University of Washington; National Academy of Engineering member
Ronald Silverman POLY Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College; Professor of Ophthalmic Science at Columbia University Medical Center
Don Torrieri POLY Professor at Johns Hopkins University; research engineer and fellow of the US Army Research Laboratory
Edward A. Frieman POLY Professor at Princeton University; Director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Guggenheim Fellow
Grigori Perelman COURANT Fields Medal winner; proved the soul conjecture and Thurston's geometrization conjecture
Leopold B. Felsen POLY Professor at Boston University; National Academy of Engineering member; Guggenheim Fellow
Francesco DeMaria POLY Professor at University of Connecticut
Erich E. Kunhardt POLY Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology
Bishnu S. Atal POLY Professor at University of Washington; Member of the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences
Robert H. Lieberman POLY Professor at Cornell University; Fulbright scholar [61]
Hugh Seidman POLY Professor at University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Columbia University, the College of William and Mary, and The New School
Clayton Hamilton POLY Professor at Columbia University
William B. Kouwenhoven POLY Inventor of closed-chest cardiac defibrillator; recipient of Edison Medal; professor at Johns Hopkins University
Linda Weiser Friedman POLY Professor of Statistics and Computer Information Systems at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center
George Preti POLY Professor at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Gerald J. Popek ENG Professor at UCLA
Hung-Chang Lin POLY Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland; invented the quasi-complementary (transistor) amplifier circuit, the lateral transistor, and the wireless microphone; held 61 patents
John Sterling Kingsley POLY Professor at University of Illinois
Murray S. Klamkin POLY Professor at University of Minnesota and SUNY Buffalo
Richard J. Gambino POLY Professor at Stony Brook University; National Academy of Engineering member; holds 40 patents
Anthony M. Johnson POLY Professor at University of Maryland
Steve Wallach POLY Professor at Rice University; holds 33 patents; member of the National Academy of Engineering
Peter Staecker POLY President of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; researcher at MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Andrew Herrmann POLY President of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Joel B. Snyder POLY President of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Eli M. Pearce POLY President of the American Chemical Society; designed fire-resistant polymers. [62]
David Goodman ENG Introduced the first practical application of a wireless infostation that can communicate information to and from a PDA or notebook computer; served as a Research Associate at the Program on Information Resources Policy at Harvard University; longtime NYU Poly faculty member; member of the National Academy of Engineering; foreign member of the Royal Academy of Engineering; Fellow of the IEEE [34][63]
Morris Janowitz WSC Made major contributions to sociological theory
Michael A. Kelly POLY Chief Research Scientist, Research and Development Manager at Hewlett-Packard; professor at Stanford University [64]
Martin Pope POLY Professor emeritus at New York University
Walter Brenner POLY Professor at New York University
Bancroft Gherardi, Jr. POLY IEEE Edison Medal winner; President of American Institute of Electrical Engineers; National Academy of Sciences member
Mario Cardullo POLY Invented Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
Robert G. Brown POLY Invented the first telephone handset
Joel S. Engel POLY National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner; Charles Stark Draper Prize winner; Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Ameritech; National Academy of Engineering member
Joseph Owades POLY Inventor of Lite beer
Len Shustek POLY Professor at Carnegie-Mellon University and Stanford University
Eugene Fasullo POLY Chief Engineer of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Martin Schechter POLY Professor and founding director of the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia
Rossiter W. Raymond POLY Professor at Columbia University
Henry L. Bachman POLY IEEE president in 1987; served as Vice President of BAE Systems; Fellow of the IEEE [65]
John Gilbert POLY Inventor of non-stick coating as an application of Teflon; invented devices ranging from a multiple-head pasta extruder for the Ronzoni Company to miniaturized registers for the U.S. Army Signal Corps; Chief Scientist at DuPont [34][66][67]
Henry C. Goldmark POLY Designed and installed the Panama Canal locks
Mario Tchou POLY Created Olivetti Elea, Italy's first computer
Leopold Just POLY Designed virtually every major bridge and tunnel in New York City, as well as Washington Metro, Ohio Turnpike and Connecticut Turnpike
Jasper H. Kane POLY Developed the practical, deep-tank fermentation method for production of large quantities of pharmaceutical-grade penicillin
Nathan Marcuvitz POLY Head of the experimental group of the Radiation Laboratory (MIT); Member of the National Academy of Engineering
Leonard Bergstein POLY Developed the original zoom lens and patented several different variations of his invention [68]
Jacob Bekenstein POLY Wolf Prize in Physics winner; best known for his part in the discovery of what is now called Bekenstein-Hawking radiation [69]
Jerome H. Lemelson ENG Holder of 605 patents; established the Lemelson Foundation; one of the most prolific inventors in American history; several of his inventions and works in the fields in which he patented have made possible, either wholly or in part, innovations like automated warehouses, industrial robots, cordless telephones, fax machines, videocassette recorders, camcorders, and the magnetic tape drive used in tape players [11]
Ali Akansu 1983, 1987 POLY M.S., Ph.D. Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology best known for his contributions to subband and wavelet transforms
Jack M. Sipress POLY Contributed to the development of submarine communications facilities; Member of the National Academy of Engineering
Benjamin Adler POLY Helped develop commercial television [70]
Robert Zwanzig POLY Professor at Johns Hopkins University; Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences
Barouh Berkovits POLY Invented the cardiac defibrillator and artificial cardiac pacemaker
John B. MacChesney ENG Winner of Charles Stark Draper Prize
Gerard J. Foschini ENG professor at Princeton University
Lawrence J. Fogel ENG Inventor of active noise cancellation
Leonard Greene ENG Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame
Michael I. Yarymovych ENG Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force (1973–1975); Guggenheim Fellow
Alexander H. Flax ENG Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force (1959–1961)
Robert S. Swarz ENG Co-director of the Systems Engineering Practice Office of MITRE Corporation
John Colagioia POLY Invented Thue (programming language)
George Doundoulakis POLY Designed what was until very recently the largest radio telescope in the world [71]
Jerome Swartz POLY Developed early optical strategies for barcode scanning technologies; served as the project manager on NASA's Apollo Space Radiation Warning System program; National Academy of Engineering member [72]
Helias Doundoulakis POLY Patented the suspension system for the largest radio telescope in the world
Ahmed Cemal Eringen POLY Turkish-American engineering scientist; professor at Princeton University; namesake of the Eringen Medal
Henrik  Ager-Hanssen ENG Norwegian nuclear physicist and businessperson; Member of the National Academy of Engineering
Bede Liu 1956, 1960 POLY M.E.E., D.E.E. Pioneer in digital signal processing. Professor at Princeton University; member of the National Academy of Engineering; Life Fellow of IEEE [73]
Subrata K. Sen POLY Joseph F. Cullman III professor and researcher at Yale University [74]
Roy LoPresti ENG Worked on the Apollo Moon Program; served as advisor to the US Congress; designed LoPresti Fury; designed the Grumman American AA-5; Chief Engineer and Vice President of Engineering at Mooney Aviation Company, where he designed the Mooney 201
Ralph Wyndrum ENG 2006 President of IEEE; Vice President of Technology at AT&T; Director for Bell Labs; professor at Rutgers University [75][76]
Robert Sobel Professor of history at Hofstra University; well-known and prolific writer of business histories
Elliott Skinner Anthropologist; Guggenheim Fellow
James Ax POLY Mathematics professor at Stanford University and Cornell University; won Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory; proved Ax–Grothendieck theorem and Ax–Kochen theorem; Guggenheim Fellow
Russell A. Kirsch ENG Developed the first digital image scanner
E. Gail de Planque 1983 GSAS Ph.D. Nuclear physicist; first woman to become a Commissioner at the US government's Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); National Academy of Engineering member
Jacob Wolfowitz 1942 Courant Ph.D. Statistician and Shannon Award-winning information theorist; professor at Cornell University, Columbia University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; proved Wald–Wolfowitz runs test and Dvoretzky–Kiefer–Wolfowitz inequality
Solomon Berson 1939, 1945 MED M.S., MD Developed radioimmunoassay with Rosalyn Yalow, who received a Nobel Prize for their joint work after Berson's death. [77]

Abel Prize recipients

Name Year School Degree Notability Reference
Louis Nirenberg 1949 Courant Ph.D. Abel Prize (2015)
S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan 1966 Courant postdoc Abel Prize (2007)
Peter Lax 1947, 1949 Courant B.A., Ph.D. Abel Prize (2005)

MacArthur Fellows

Name Year School Degree Notability Reference
Milton Babbitt 1935 ARTS B.A. 1986 MacArthur Fellow
George Perle 1956 GSAS Ph.D. 1974 MacArthur Fellow
Charles Simic 1966 ARTS B.A. 1983 MacArthur Fellow
Michelle Dorrence 2001 Gallatin B.A. 2015 MacArthur Fellow [78]
Mimi Lien 2003 TSOA M.F.A. 2015 MacArthur Fellow [78]
Basil Twist 2015 TSOA 2015 MacArthur Fellow [78]
Majora Carter 1997 TSOA M.F.A 2005 MacArthur Fellow
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins 2007 TSOA M.A. 2016 MacArthur Fellow
Sylvia A. Law 1968 Law J.D. 1983 MacArthur Fellow
Annie Baker 2003 TSOA B.F.A. 2017 MacArthur Fellow [79]
Gabriel Victora 2011 GSAS Ph.D. 2017 MacArthur Fellow [80]

National Medals for Science, Technology and Innovation, Arts and Humanities recipients

Name Year School Degree Notability Reference
Joseph B. Keller 1943–1948 GSAS B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 1988 National Medal of Science recipient
Peter Lax 1947, 1949 Courant B.A., Ph.D. 1986 National Medal of Science recipient
Alexandre Chorin Courant 2014 National Medal of Science recipient
Martin David Kruskal Courant 1993 National Medal of Science recipient
Cathleen Synge Morawetz 1951 GSAS Ph.D. 1998 National Medal of Science recipient (first woman recipient)
Frederick Reines 1944 GSAS Ph.D. 1985 National Medal of Science recipient
Albert Sabin 1931 Med M.D. 1988 National Medal of Science recipient
John Archibald Wheeler 1934 GSAS postdoc 1970 National Medal of Science recipient
John G. Trump 1929 POLY B.S. 1983 National Medal of Science recipient
Joel S. Engel 1964 POLY Ph.D. 1994 National Medal of Technology recipient
Richard J. Gambino 1976 POLY M.S. 1995 National Medal of Technology recipient
Jerome Swartz POLY Ph.D. 1999 National Medal of Technology recipient
Tony Kushner 1984 TSOA MFA 2012 National Medal of Arts recipient
Moisés Kaufman 1989 TSOA BFA 2016 National Medal of Arts recipient; Guggenheim Fellow [81]
Louis Nirenberg 1949 Courant Ph.D. 1995 National Medal of Science recipient
S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan 1966 Courant postdoc 2010 National Medal of Science recipient
B. Gerald Cantor Law 1995 National Medal of Arts recipient
Bernard  Brodie (biochemist) 1935 GSAS Ph.D. 1968 National Medal of Science recipient

Nobel laureates

Name Year School Degree Notability Reference
Julius Axelrod 1941 Med M.Sc. 1970 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [82]
Mohamed ElBaradei 1967 Law LL.M. 2005 Nobel Peace Prize [83]
Shimon Peres Nobel Peace Prize
Gertrude B. Elion *POLY PhD 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [84]
Friedrich Hayek 1924 GSAS 1974 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economics [85]
Eric R. Kandel 1955 Med M.D. 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; Associate Professor 1965–74 [86]
Arthur Kornberg 1947 Med 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [87]
George E. Palade Postgraduate work at biology laboratory of Robert Chambers 1974 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [88]
Frederick Reines 1944 GSAS Ph.D. 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics [89]
Elihu Root 1867 Law LL.B. 1912 Nobel Peace Prize [90]
Irwin Rose Postgraduate work under Severo Ochoa 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry [91]
Clifford Shull 1941 GSAS Ph.D. 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics [92]
George Wald 1927 WSC B.S. 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [93]
Rosalyn Yalow coursework* 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [94]
James Heckman 2000 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Robert Aumann 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics
Baruj Benacerraf 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Robert Engle 2003 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Avram Hershko 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Tjalling Koopmans 1975 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Rudolph Marcus POLY 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; won Wolf Prize in Chemistry
Robert Mulliken 1966 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Gunnar Myrdal 1974 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Severo Ochoa 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine
Thomas Sargent 2011 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Saul Bellow 1976 Nobel Prize in Literature
Joseph Brodsky 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature
Francis Crick 1953 POLY Postdoc 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine [95]
Rudolf Eucken 1908 Nobel Prize for Literature
Wassily Leontief 1973 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Otto Loewi 1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Edward Prescott 2004 Nobel Prize in Economics
Wole Soyinka 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature
Martin Perl 1948 POLY B.S. 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics


Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Kobi Alexander Stern, M.B.A., 1980 Founder and former CEO of Comverse Technology
Leslie Alexander CAS B.A. Attorney and businessman; owner of the Houston Rockets NBA team
Nicolas Berggruen Stern, B.S., 1981 billionaire, founder of Berggruen Institute [96]
Alexander Soros CAS B.A. Non-profit executive, heir and philanthropist; son of George Soros
Philip Jaffe POLY, 1913–14 Co-founder of Amerasia' involved in the 1945 Amerasia espionage affair [97]
Ursula Burns POLY, B.S., 1980 Chairman and CEO of Xerox [98]
Charles Ranlett Flint POLY, B.S., 1868 Founder of IBM
Steven W. Giovinco TSOA, MA, 1987 Founder, Recover Reputation, Online reputation management and repair [99]
Harvey R. Blau A.B.; LLM Chairman and former CEO of Griffon Corporation
Ronald Kramer Stern, MBA CEO of Griffon Corporation; former president and director of Wynn Resorts
James B. Rosenwald Stern, MBA Co-founder and managing partner of Dalton Investments LLC
James M. Henderson Graduate studies Founder of Henderson Advertising Agency in Greenville, South Carolina; Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 1970 [100]
Arthur C. Martinez POLY, B.S., 1960 Former Chairman and CEO of Sears [101]
Stewart G. Nagler POLY, B.S., 1963 Vice Chairman, CFO and Director of MetLife [102]
 Robert J. Stevens POLY, M.S., 1985 Chairman, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin [103]
Edward H. Bersoff Courant, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Chairman, Greenwich Associates
Thor Bjorgolfsson Stern, B.S., 1991 Icelandic businessman and entrepreneur; known as "Iceland's first billionaire"
Walter Nils Frank Stern Chairman of the board of governors of the New York Stock Exchange [104]
David Boies Law L.L.M., 1967 Founder and Chairman, Boies, Schiller & Flexner
Jake Burton Carpenter economics degree 1977 WSUC Designer of modern snowboard and founder of Burton Snowboards
Ben Cohen Art Therapy * Founder of Ben & Jerry's
Robert B. Cohen 1947 Founded Hudson News in 1987 [105]
Jane Gordon CAS B.A. Jewelry designer
John J. Creedon Stern 1955, B.S. Law 1957, J.D. Former CEO and Chairman, MetLife
Marvin Davis ENG, B.S. CEO of Paramount Pictures
Robert Dow ENG Managing partner and chairman of the board of Lord Abbett
Thomas E. Dooley Stern, M.B.A. 1984 Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, CEO and CFO of Viacom
Israel Englander Stern, B.S. 1972 Hedge fund manager
James Ferragamo Stern Businessman
Richard S. Fuld Stern 1973, M.B.A. CEO of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
Tom Freston Stern, M.B.A. MTV Networks
Abraham George Stern, 1973, 1975, M.B.A, Ph.D. Founder of The George Foundation and Multinational Computer Models
Kayalakakam M. George Stern 1948, M.B.A CEO of Palai Central Bank (1956–60)
Harvey Golub Stern 1961, B.S. Chairman and CEO of American Express (1994–2001); Chairman of the American International Group (AIG)
Alan Greenspan Stern 1948 1950 1977, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Robert Greifeld Stern 1977, M.B.A. CEO of NASDAQ
Scott Harrison CAS 1998, B.A. Founder of Charity: Water
Carl Icahn MED* Investor and activist shareholder
Henry Kaufman Stern 1948, B.A., Stern 1958, Ph.D. Wall Street financial consultant
Paul Kangas Stern, M.B.A. Host of Nightly Business Report
Herb Kelleher Law 1955, LL.B. Founder and CEO of Southwest Airlines
Eugene Kleiner POLY Founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor
Nina Freeman POLY Video game designer, co-founder of The Code Liberation Foundation
Alan Levin Stern 1976, M.B.A. CFO of Pfizer
Paul Levitz Stern* President of DC Comics
Martin Lipton Law 1955, J.D. Co-founder of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
John C. Malone ENG, M.S. CEO of Tele-Communications Inc.; CEO of Liberty Media; now chairman of Liberty Media, Liberty Global, and Liberty Interactive, all of which he is the majority owner; owns 49% of Starz Inc. and 29% of Discovery Communications
Michael I. Yarymovych ENG Vice President of Boeing Company
Cathy Minehan Stern 1977, M.B.A. President of Federal Reserve Bank, Boston
Joseph Nacchio ENG, B.S., Stern, M.B.A. Chairman and CEO of Qwest
Roy Neuberger coursework* Founder of Neuberger & Berman
Marc Rich CAS, B.A. Commodities trader and hedge fund manager; indicted for tax evasion
Leonard Riggio Stern 1964, M.B.A. CEO and owner of Barnes & Noble
Edouard de Rothschild Stern 1985, M.B.A. Rothschild Banque
Jay Schulberg 1961 Advertising executive at Ogilvy & Mather and Bozell Worldwide; creator of the "Got Milk?" advertising campaign [106]
W. R. Berkley Stern Founder, chairman and CEO of W. R. Berkley Corporation
William T. Schwendler ENG, B.S., 1924 Co-founder, chairman and CEO of Grumman
Michael Birck ENG Co-founder and current chairman of Tellabs
John Catsimatidis ENG Businessman invested in real estate, aviation, and groceries; radio talk show host; owner, president, chairman, and CEO of Gristedes
Frederick Gluck ENG Chief executive at McKinsey & Company; Director at Amgen; serves on the Harvard Business School Board of Directors of the Associates, the Management Education Council of the Wharton School, the U.S. and Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Committee, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Board of the International Executive Service Corps
Walter V. Shipley Stern 1956, B.S. Chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank
Larry Silverstein CAS B.A., 1952 Owner of World Trade Center site
Mark Spitznagel Courant, M.S. Investor, hedge fund manager
Stanley Stahl B.A. Real estate investor [107]
Leonard N. Stern Stern 1957, B.S., 1959, M.B.A. Namesake of NYU's Stern School of Business; CEO of The Hartz Group
Juan Antonio Samaranch Salisachs Stern, M.B.A. Member of International Olympic Committee
Sy Syms CAS B.A., 1946 Founder of Syms Clothing
Henry Taub Stern 1947, B.S. Founder of Automatic Data Processing, philanthropist
Maurice Tempelsman Stern* Chairman of Lazare Kaplan International Inc.; former companion of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis [108][109]
Laurence Alan Tisch Stern 1942, B.Sc. Media mogul; president and chief executive officer, CBS
Christy Turlington Gallatin 1999, B.A. Supermodel
Agnes Varis Stern 1979, M.B.A. Founder of Aegis Pharmaceuticals
Peggy Yu Stern, M.B.A. Founder of, the largest online Chinese language retailer
Jack Dorsey Creator of Twitter; founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company [110]
George W. Melville POLY Chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering
Dean R. O'Hare Stern Chairman, president, CFO and CEO of Chubb Limited [111]
Spencer Trask POLY Invested and supported entrepreneurs, including Thomas Edison's invention of the electric light bulb and his electricity network; majority shareholder and chairman of The New York Times
Hugh John Casey POLY Chairman of the New York City Transit Authority
Michael Horodniceanu POLY President of the MTA Capital Construction
Victor F. Ganzi Law President and CEO of Hearst [112][113]
Alfred Amoroso POLY Former Chairman of Yahoo!
John Dionisio POLY Chairman and CEO of AECOM
Charles D. Strang POLY Chairman, president and CEO of Outboard Marine Corporation
Herbert L. Henkel POLY Chairman of Ingersoll Rand
John Nicols POLY President and CEO of Codexis [114]
Israel Borovich POLY Chairman and CEO of EL AL
Jason Hsuan POLY Chairman and CEO of TPV Technology
John Trani POLY Former Chairman and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker
John Elmer McKeen POLY Former Chairman and CEO of Pfizer; Member of the National Academy of Engineering
Alfred P. Sloan POLY Former Chairman and CEO of General Motors
Robert Prieto POLY Former Chairman and CEO of Parsons Brinckerhoff
Mark Ronald POLY Former Chairman and CEO of BAE Systems Inc.
Joseph J. Jacobs POLY Former Chairman and founder of Jacobs Engineering Group
Susan Jurevics Stern CEO of Pottermore, the global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World [115]
Ta-lin Hsu POLY Chairman and founder of H&Q Asia Pacific
Rajiv C. Mody POLY Chairman, founder and CEO of Sasken Communication Technologies
Paul Ferri POLY Founder and General Partner of Matrix Partners
Bern Dibner POLY Former Chairman, founder and CEO of Burndy
Sunil Godhwani POLY Chairman and CEO of Religare
Jerome Swartz POLY Co-founded Symbol Technologies with POLY graduate Shelley A. Harrison
Samuel Ruben POLY Co-founded Duracell
Richard Santulli POLY, B.S., M.S. Former Chairman, founder and CEO of NetJets; current chairman and founder of Milestone Aviation Group. [116][117]
Paul Soros POLY Founder and former CEO of Soros Associates; brother of George Soros
Michael H. Kappaz POLY Chairman and CEO of KM Group
Richard J. Orford POLY President of Citicorp (now Citigroup) [53]
Vincent A. Calarco POLY CEO and President of Chemtura
Charles Hinkaty POLY Vice president at Citibank
David Sobin POLY CEO of BAMnet; founded a DSL company, which was subsequently sold for approximately $50M
Edward P. Gilligan Stern Vice Chairman, President of American Express [118][119]
Glenford Myers POLY Founder of RadiSys and IP Fabrics
Ami Miron POLY Vice president of General Instrument; senior advisor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University
Stav Prodromou POLY Founder and former CEO of Poqet Computer Corporation; former CEO of Alien Technology and Peregrine Semiconductor; Executive Vice President of Fairchild Semiconductor
Craig G. Matthews POLY President, CFO and Chief Operating Officer of KeySpan
Ira Drukier POLY Hotelier and philanthropist
Fadi Chehadé POLY Founder of RosettaNet; Chief Executive Officer of ICANN
Ralph C. Alexander POLY Former CEO of British Petroleum's gas department who also oversaw gas drilling, refining and exploration [120][121]
Nils Lahr POLY Co-founder of IBEAM Broadcasting Corporation and Synergy Sports Technology
William C. W. Mow POLY Chairman and CEO of Bugle Boy
Charles Waldo Haskins POLY Co-founder of Haskins and Sells
Zalman Bernstein CAS Businessman and economist
John Paulson Stern Hedge fund manager
Kenneth Langone Stern Co-founder of The Home Depot
Charles Kushner CAS Owner of Kushner Properties
Jared Kushner Law President and CEO of Kushner Properties; owner of The New York Observer
Vincent Tchenguiz Stern Investment adviser
Rachelle Friedman POLY Founder of J&R
Bill Friend POLY Former president of Bechtel
Alan Schriesheim POLY Board member of Rohm and Haas
Stephen M. Ross Law Real-estate developer; owner of Miami Dolphins NFL team
Robin Wilson SPS 2004, M.S Founder and CEO of bedding and interior design company Robin Wilson Home
B. Gerald Cantor Founder and chairman of securities firm Cantor Fitzgerald
Charles Zegar Computer scientists; one of the four co-founders of Bloomberg L.P.
Richard  C. Perry Stern Hedge fund manager, owns controlling interest in Barneys New York [122]
Ira Rennert Stern Private investor in mining, metals, and heavy industry
Lawrence Babbio, Jr. Stern Former vice chairman and president of Verizon
Mark Wilf Law President and co-owner of the Minnesota Vikings
Daniel E.  Straus Law Vice Chairman of the Memphis Grizzlies
Dan Schulman Stern, M.B.A. President and CEO of PayPal and chairman of Symantec; co-founder and former CEO of Virgin Mobile USA
George S. Barrett Stern, M.B.A. Chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health, Inc.
Robert W. Cremin POLY, B.S. Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Esterline; Chairman of Dover Corporation
Lorenzo Fertitta Stern, M.B.A. Co-founder of Station Casinos
Larry Zimmerman Stern CFO of Xerox
Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Stern Chairman and CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Barry Salzberg Law CEO of Deloitte
Thomas A. Sansone Law Vice Chairman of Jabil Circuit [123]
Evan Chesler Law Chairman of Cravath, Swaine & Moore
John Carrig Law Chief operating officer and president for ConocoPhillips
Harold M. Messmer Law Chairman and CEO of Robert Half International [124]
Robert I. Lipp Law Vice Chairman of Citigroup
Robert A. Kindler Law Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley
John Turitzin Law Vice President of Marvel Entertainment
Charles A. Ratner Law CEO and chairman of the board of Forest City Enterprises [125]
Herb Kelleher Law Founder, Chairman Emeritus and former CEO of Southwest Airlines
Nick Ivanoff POLY President and CEO of Ammann & Whitney; elected 2014-2015 chairman of American Road and Transportation Builders Association
Peter Guber Law Hollywood producer; former Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment
Michael I. Roth Law Chairman and CEO of Interpublic Group of Companies [126]
Steven Florio Stern CEO and President of both Conde Nast Publications and The New Yorker, as well as publisher of GQ
Barry Zyskind Stern, M.B.A Chairman, CEO and President of AmTrust Financial Services [127]
Nicholas Manzo SPS Account Director at Seltzer Licensing Group [127]


Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Lucy Alibar TSOA Beasts of the Southern Wild [128]
AnnaSophia Robb GAL, current student Actress
Billie Lourd CAS Actress
Demetri Martin Law Comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer, and humorist
Mark Indelicato GAL, current student Actor
Dwayne McDuffie TSOA Television, film, and comic book writer, producer, and editor
Jeff Baena TSOA Film writer and director
Mark Gordon TSOA Television and film producer; former President of the Producers Guild of America
Javier Muñoz TSOA Actor who played Usnavi in the Broadway musical In the Heights; currently playing the titular role in the Hamilton musical
Rachel Chavkin TSOA Tony Award nominated director of the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812 [129]
Jeremy Piven TSOA Actor and producer; best known for his role as Ari Gold in the comedy series Entourage, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy Awards
Joya Powell STEINHARDT 2005, M.A. Bessie Awards winning choreographer and educator
Joshua Safran TSOA Executive producer and writer of Gossip Girl; executive producer and showrunner for the second season of Smash; creator, executive producer and showrunner of Quantico
Aziz Ansari Stern 2004, B.S Actor, Parks and Recreation, Master of None, Human Giant, Scrubs; stand-up comedian
Edward Everett Horton POLY Character actor
Walter Hampden POLY Actor
Paul Thomas Anderson TSOA 1993*, dropped out after two days Magnolia, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood
Ashley Argota NURSING, current student True Jackson, VP, Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures
Laura Berman SSW Sex educator and sex therapist; host of In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman on the Oprah Winfrey Network
Alec Baldwin TSOA 1993, B.F.A. Actor, The Hunt for Red October, Pearl Harbor, The Aviator, 30 Rock
Taylor Schilling TSOA Actress; Screen Actors Guild Awards winner
Kristen Bell TSOA 1998–2001* Veronica Mars, Pulse, Heroes, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Gossip Girl,
Julie Benz TSOA 1994, B.F.A. Jawbreaker, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Justin Blanchard TSOA 2001, B.F.A. Journey's End (Broadway), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Alexis Bledel TSOA* Gilmore Girls, Sin City, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Tuck Everlasting
Barry Bostwick TSOA Original Broadway Cast of Grease, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City
Dia Mirza TSOA Indian actress; Miss Asia Pacific 2000, Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 2000
Manisha Koirala TSOA Indian actress
Vivek Oberoi TSOA Indian actor
Keith Powell TSOA Television actor, 30 Rock
Martin Brest TSOA 1973, B.F.A. Beverly Hills Cop, Meet Joe Black, Gigli
Lisa Bruce TSOA The Theory of Everything [130]
Rustica Carpio Steinhardt 1956, M.A. Actress and writer; former dean of the College of Communication and Graduate School of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines; appointed to Philippine government positions
Susan Cartsonis TSOA President of Wind Dance Films
Vinnette Justine Carroll ARTS 1946, M.A. First African American woman to direct on Broadway
Lenora Champagne ARTS 1975, M.A., 1980 PhD. Playwright, performance artist and director [131]
Jennifer Charles TSOA 1990, B.F.A. Musician, writer, and actress
Chris Columbus TSOA Both Home Alone movies, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, first two Harry Potter movies, Rent
Bud Cort TSOA 1967–1969* Harold and Maude, MASH, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Allen Covert Grandma's Boy, The Wedding Singer
Billy Crudup TSOA 1994, M.F.A. Sleepers, Big Fish, Watchmen, Public Enemies
Alan Shapiro TSOA 1981, B.F.A. The Crush, Flipper, Tiger Town, The Outsiders (series)
Billy Crystal TSOA 1970, B.F.A. Analyze This, Analyze That, City Slickers 1 & 2, When Harry Met Sally
John Cusack TSOA* High Fidelity, Con Air
Julie Delpy TSOA Homo Faber, Three Colors: White, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset
Drea de Matteo TSOA The Sopranos, Joey
Amanda Detmer TSOA, M.F.A. Actress
Tony DiSanto TSOA Producer
Michael Dougherty TSOA, M.F.A. X2, Superman Returns
Matthew Morrison TSOA 1993, B.F.A. Glee, The Hunt for Red October', Pearl Harbor, The Aviator, 30 Rock
Lisa Edelstein TSOA 1988, B.F.A. House
Kathryn Erbe TSOA* What About Bob?, Law and Order: Criminal Intent
Raul Esparza TSOA 1992, B.F.A. Actor
Dakota Fanning GAL, current student Actress, I Am Sam, Charlotte's Web, Coraline, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn
Karlie Kloss GAL, current student Fashion model [132]
Tavi Gevinson GAL* Editor, writer, actress [133][134]
Alana Zimmer GAL, current student Fashion model [133]
Mitch Fatel TSOA 1988* The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents: Mitch Fatel, Super Retardo CD [135]
Wayne Federman TSOA 1981* Legally Blonde, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Bridget Fonda TSOA 1987, B.F.A. Doc Hollywood, Jackie Brown
Malindi Fickle B.F.A., 2002 Jacklight, Suck it Up Buttercup
Marc Forster TSOA 1990–1993* Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland
Bethenny Frankel WSC 1992 The Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny; creator/owner of Skinnygirl [136]
Griffin Frazen GAL 2009, B.A. Grounded For Life
Melissa Gallo TSOA 2003, B.F.A. One Life to Live
Edi Gathegi TSOA Gone Baby Gone, House M.D., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Jordan Gelber TSOA Avenue Q, The Sopranos, Law & Order: SVU
Lady Gaga TSOA Singer
Gina Gershon TSOA 1983, B.F.A. The Insider, Showgirls, Bound
Donald Glover TSOA 2006, B.F.A Actor, rapper under the stage name Childish Gambino
Lou Gossett CAS, 1959, B.A. Roots, An Officer and a Gentleman
Bryan Greenberg TSOA* Prime
Peter Guber Stern, M.B.A. Mandalay Pictures
Matthew Gray Gubler TSOA 2002, M.F.A. (500) Days of Summer, Criminal Minds, RV, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Michael C. Hall TSOA 1996, M.F.A. Six Feet Under, Dexter
Regina Hall GSAS 1997, M.A. Scary Movie
Wood Harris TSOA 1983, M.F.A. Above the Rim
Anne Hathaway Gallatin, TSOA* The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada, Ella Enchanted, Rachel Gets Married, Alice in Wonderland
Burcu Esmersoy SPS* Turkish anchorwoman, beauty pageant titleholder, journalist, model, and occasional actress [137]
Ethan Hawke CAS* Training Day, Dead Poets Society, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset
Rachel Bloom TSOA Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Amy Heckerling TSOA, B.F.A. Look Who's Talking, Loser, Clueless
Antony Hegarty TSOA, (E.T.W.) 1992 B.F.A. Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights, The Crying Light, I Am a Bird Now (UK Mercury Prize 2005)
Israel Hicks M.F.A. Stage director who presented August Wilson's entire 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle [138]
Philip Seymour Hoffman TSOA 1989, B.F.A. Capote, Boogie Nights, Happiness, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous
Todd Holoubek TSOA 2002, B.F.A. MTV: The State
Wendy Hoopes TSOA 2002, B.F.A. Spinster, Killing Cinderella, Daria
Bryce Dallas Howard TSOA The Village, Lady in the Water, Terminator Salvation, Twilight: Eclipse
Shawn Michael Howard TSOA, B.F.A. Boycott, Above the Rim, 3000 Miles to Graceland
Neal Huff TSOA, M.F.A. Take Me Out, The Little Dog Laughed
Felicity Huffman TSOA Transamerica, Desperate Housewives
Tamara Jenkins TSOA Slums of Beverly Hills
Jim Jarmusch TSOA* Stranger than Paradise, Down By Law, Broken Flowers
Alexa Ray Joel TSOA* Singer-songwriter, pianist
Kristen Johnston TSOA, B.F.A. 3rd Rock from the Sun
Jeffrey Katzenberg TSOA* Shrek; co-founder of DreamWorks
Eriq La Salle TSOA, B.F.A. ER
Daniel Dae Kim TSOA 1996, M.F.A. ABC series Lost, CBS Series Hawaii Five-0
Stanley Kramer TSOA 1993, B.F.A. High Noon, Cyrano de Bergerac
Peter Krause TSOA Dirty Sexy Money, Six Feet Under
Martin Kunert TSOA Voices of Iraq, MTV's Fear
Tony Kushner TSOA 1984, M.F.A. Tony Award
Ang Lee TSOA, M.F.A. Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sense and Sensibility
Spike Lee TSOA 1982, M.F.A. Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, Bamboozled, Jungle Fever
Thomas Lennon MTV: The State, Reno 911!, Taxi (screenwriter)
Ken Leung CAS, B.A. Lost, X-Men: The Last Stand, Shanghai Kiss
Janet Lilly TSOA 1982, B.A. Principal dancer for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company [139]
Bai Ling TSOA 1991–?? Anna and the King
Zoe Lister-Jones TSOA B.A. The Little Dog Laughed
Julia Loktev M.F.A The Loneliest Planet, Day Night Day Night, Moment of Impact
Bruce Mailman M.F.A. Theatre founder of the nightclub The Saint [140]
Rooney Mara GAL* The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Trash, Her
Jesse L. Martin TSOA 1989, M.F.A. Ed Green in Law and Order; Rent
Mary Stuart Masterson TSOA* Fried Green Tomatoes, The Postman
Melina Matsoukas TSOA* Director of "We Found Love" by Rihanna, "Diva" by Beyoncé
John C. McGinley TSOA Intensity, Scrubs, Point Break
John Melendez TSOA 1988* The Howard Stern Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno [141]
Camila Mendes TSOA 2016 Veronica Lodge on Riverdale (2017 TV series) [142]
Idina Menzel TSOA* Wicked, Rent, Enchanted, Rescue Me
Ismail Merchant Stern, M.B.A. Co-founded Merchant Ivory Productions
Debra Messing TSOA 1987, M.F.A. Will and Grace" , NBC's Smash
Leah Meyerhoff TSOA 2007, M.F.A. Twitch
Rachel Morrison TSOA Fruitvale Station, Cake, Sound of My Voice [143]
Kate Mulgrew TSOA 1976, A.A. Star Trek: Voyager
Jeff Nimoy CAS, B.A. Naruto, Digimon, Trigun
Jerry O'Connell TSOA 1997, B.F.A. Sliders, The Bachelor
Charlie O'Connell TSOA 1995, B.F.A. Crossing Jordan, Mission to Mars
Ryan Scott Oliver TSOA 2007, M.F.A Musical theatre composer, Mrs. Sharp, Darling, 35MM
Ashley Olsen GAL* Full House, It Takes Two, Two of a Kind, New York Minute
Mary Kate Olsen GAL Full House, It Takes Two, Two of a Kind, New York Minute
Elizabeth Olsen TSOA 2013 Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene, The Avenger: Age of Ultron, Godzilla, In Secret [144]
Haley Joel Osment TSOA 2010, B.F.A. The Sixth Sense, Pay It Forward, AI, Secondhand Lions
Jorge Pupo TSOA 1981, B.F.A. Actor, narrator
Ted Raimi B.A. seaQuest DSV, Xena: Warrior Princess
Anthony Rapp TSOA 1989* Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, Dazed and Confused
Brett Ratner TSOA Tower Heist, New York, I Love You, Rush Hour
Meg Ryan CAS, B.A. When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle, City of Angels, You've Got Mail
Adam Sandler TSOA 1991, B.F.A. Mr. Deeds, Big Daddy, Punchdrunk Love, Funny People
Andy Samberg TSOA 2000, B.F.A. The Lonely Island, Saturday Night Live, Hot Rod
Lenny Schultz B.S. Comedian and gym teacher
Martin Scorsese CAS 1964, B.A GSAS 1966, M.A. The Aviator, Casino, Goodfellas, The Last Temptation of Christ, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York
Joshua Seth CAS, 1991, B.A. Digimon, Wolf's Rain, Trigun
John Patrick Shanley Steinhardt 1977, M.A. Moonstruck; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Sheetal Sheth TSOA 1997, B.A. ABCD; Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
M. Night Shyamalan TSOA The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, The Last Airbender, Lady in the Water
Neil Simon ARTS 1944–1945* The Odd Couple; winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Eulalie Spence B.S. 1937 Her, Fool's Errand (opened on Broadway in 1927)
Cole Sprouse GAL 2015 Friends, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, Narrator and Jughead Jones on Riverdale (2017 TV series) [145]
Dylan Sprouse GAL 2015 The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, The Suite Life on Deck [145]
Morgan Spurlock TSOA, B.F.A. Supersize Me
Barry Sonnenfeld TSOA* Oz, Men in Black
Peter Steinfeld B.A. Drowning Mona, Be Cool, 21 [146]
Maura Tierney TSOA* ER, Newsradio, Primary Colors
Colin Trevorrow TSOA Home Base, Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World, The Book of Henry
Skeet Ulrich NYU F.P. Jones on Riverdale (2017 TV series) [147]
Casey Wilson TSOA, 2002 Happy Endings, Saturday Night Live
Chandra Wilson TSOA 1991, B.F.A. Grey's Anatomy
Mara Wilson TSOA, current student Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street
Rainn Wilson TSOA, M.F.A. The Office
Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo TSOA 2003, B.F.A. After.Life
Doug Wright TSOA 1987 Quills; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Sunny Wang Stern, Tisch, B.A., 2005 Taiwanese actor and model

Academy Award winners

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Mahershala Ali TSOA 2000, M.F.A. Academy Award 2017, Moonlight
Woody Allen TSOA 1953* Academy Award 1977, Annie Hall; 1986, Hannah and her Sisters
Michael Arndt TSOA 1987 Academy Award 2007, Little Miss Sunshine
Elmer Bernstein ARTS 1942, B.A. Academy Award 1968, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Mark Bridges ARTS 1987, M.F.A. Academy Award 2012, The Artist
James L. Brooks TSOA* Academy Award 1984, Terms of Endearment
John Canemaker TSOA Academy Award 2006, The Moon and the Son
Joel Coen TSOA, 1978, B.F.A. Academy Award 1996, Fargo; 2008, No Country For Old Men [148]
Geoffrey Fletcher TSOA 1999, M.F.A. Academy Award 2010, Precious
Whoopi Goldberg GSAS Academy Award 1991, Ghost [149]
Louis Gossett, Jr. ARTS coursework* Academy Award 1982, An Officer and a Gentleman
Anne Hathaway GAL, TSOA Academy Award 2012, Les Misérables
Marcia Gay Harden TSOA 1981, M.F.A. Academy Award 2000, Pollock
Bernard Herrmann WSC student under Percy Grainger Academy Award 1941, The Devil and Daniel Webster
Lora Hirschberg TSOA 1985, B.F.A. Academy Award 2011, Inception
Philip Seymour Hoffman TSOA 1989, B.F.A. Academy Award 2005, Capote
Angelina Jolie TSOA 1993, B.F.A. Academy Award 2000, Girl, Interrupted
Burt Lancaster TSOA coursework* Academy Award 1960, Elmer Gantry
Charles Kaufman TSOA 1980 Academy Award 2004, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ang Lee TSOA, M.F.A. Academy Award 2005, Brokeback Mountain; 2012, Life of Pi
Luke Matheny TSOA, M.F.A. Academy Award 2011, God of Love
Alan Menken Steinhardt, B.A. Academy Award 1995, Pocahontas; 1992, Aladdin; 1991, Beauty and the Beast; 1989, The Little Mermaid
Carole Bayer Sager CAS 1979, B.A. Academy Award 1981, Arthur's Theme
Thelma Schoonmaker TSOA Academy Award 2005, The Aviator
Steve Golin TSOA Academy Award 2016, Spotlight [150]
László Nemes TSOA Academy Award 2016, Son of Saul [150]
Martin Scorsese ARTS B.A. 1964, M.F.A. 1966* Academy Award 2006, The Departed
John Patrick Shanley Steinhardt 1977, M.A. Academy Award 1987, Moonstruck
Oliver Stone TSOA 1970, M.F.A. Academy Award 1978, Midnight Express; 1986, Platoon; 1989, Born on the Fourth of July
Jim Taylor TSOA 1996 Academy Award 2004, Sideways
Marisa Tomei TSOA 1983, B.F.A. Academy Award 1992, My Cousin Vinny
Ken Perlin GSAS 1986, Ph.D. Academy Award 1997, for the development of Perlin noise
Paul Francis Webster ARTS 1928–1930 * Academy Award 1953, "Secret Love"
Fred Waller POLY Academy Award winner; inventor of Cinerama; inventor of the Waller Gunnery Trainer; first to patent the water ski; made 200 short films for Paramount Pictures
Victor J. Zolfo TSOA 1985 Academy Award 2009, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Emmy Award winners

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Woody Allen TSOA 1953* Emmy Award 1957
Rachel Brosnahan TSOA 2012, B.F.A. Emmy Award 2017 for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Vinnette Justine Carroll GSAS 1946, M.A. Emmy Award 1964 for "Beyond the Blues"
Cy Coleman Steinhardt Emmy Award
Tony Kushner TSOA 1984, M.F.A. Emmy Award
Ami Miron POLY, M.S. He received two Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards
Harvey Leonard ENG, M.S. He received two New England Emmy Awards for outstanding achievement in television weathercasting
Vince Gilligan TSOA Emmy Award, a writer and producer for The X-Files
Ian Nelson CAS* Emmy Award for "WINNERS"
Jonathan Meath TSOA 1979, B.A. Emmy nominations TV production [151]
Debra Messing TSOA 1993, M.F.A. Emmy Award 2003 for Will and Grace
David Milhous TSOA 1991, B.F.A. Emmy Award 2017 for Crime Watch Daily
Camryn Manheim TSOA 1987, M.F.A. Emmy Award for The Practice
Terrance Moran Steinhardt 1964, B.A.; 1965, M.A.; 1971, Ph.D. Emmy Award 1987 for "McSorley's, New York"
Jeffrey Wright TSOA* Emmy Award 2003
Paul Tazewell TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for The Wiz Live! [152]
Aziz Ansari STERN Emmy Award 2016 for Master of None [153]
Rachel Attridge TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for The Wiz Live! [152]
Sterling K. Brown TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story [152]
Jeremy Tchaban TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver [152]
Emily Harper TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Key & Peele [152]
Jonathan Stern TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Childrens Hospital [152]
David Wain TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Childrens Hospital [152]
Lydia Tenaglia TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown [152]
Jacqueline Glover TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Jim: The James Foley Story [152]
Kyra Thompson TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for The Voice [152]
Joanna Fang TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Cartel Land [152]
Eric Carney TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Game Of Thrones [152]
Eric Becker TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Grease: Live [152]

Grammy Award winners

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Cy Coleman Steinhardt 1992 Grammy Award for The Will Rogers Follies
Todd Coolman Steinhardt 1999 Grammy Award for Best Album Notes
Fred Ebb ARTS 1955, B.A. Grammy Award 1967 for Cabaret
Stefani Germanotta (known professionally as Lady Gaga) TSOA* 2003–2005 Grammy Awards 2010, 2011, and 2015 recipient in several categories [154][155][156]
Evelyn Lear Grammy Award 1966 for her performance of the opera Wozzeck by Alban Berg
Melissa Manchester TSOA 1970–1971 Grammy Award 1982 for "You Should Hear How She Talks About You"
Mark Ronson TSOA* Grammy Award 2007 for producer on Amy Winehouse's Back to Black
Rick Rubin CAS* Grammy Award 2012 for producer on Adele's 21, among others
Carole Bayer Sager CAS 1979, B.A. Grammy Award 1987 for "That's What Friends Are For"
Wayne Shorter Steinhardt 1956, B.M.E. Grammy Award 2004 for the album Alegria
Mary Wilson GAL Grammy Award 1999 and 2001 with The Supremes
A Great Big World Steinhardt Grammy Award 2015 for Say Something

Tony Award winners

Name Relation to NYU Tony Awards won Reference
Nina Arianda TSOA 2009, M.F.A. "Best Actress in a Play" for Venus in Fur (2012)
Marc Bell SPS 1989, M.S.R.E. Producer; "Best Musical" for Jersey Boys (2006), "Best Play" for August: Osage County (2008) [157]
Trazana Beverley TSOA, M.F.A. "Best Featured Actress in a Play" For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf (1977)
Barry Bostwick TSOA, 1968 M.F.A. "Best Actor in a Musical" for The Robber Bridegroom
Cy Coleman Steinhardt Composer, five Tony Awards from 1978 – 1991
Betty Comden Steinhardt Librettist, twelve Tony Awards from 1953 – 1991
Fred Ebb ARTS 1955, B.A. Lyricist, three Tony Awards: Cabaret (1967), Woman of the Year 1981, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993)
Adam S. Gordon TSOA 1989, B.F.A Producer; "Best Musical" for Kinky Boots (2014), "Best Revival" for The Color Purple (2016) [158]
Marcia Gay Harden TSOA, 1988 M.F.A. "Best Actress in a Play" for God of Carnage (2009)
Nikki M. James TSOA 2003, B.F.A. "Best Featured Actress in a Musical" for The Book of Mormon (2011) [159]
Steve Kazee TSOA 2005, M.F.A. "Best Actor in a Musical" for Once (2011)
Bradley King TSOA, M.F.A. "Best Lighting Design in a Musical" for Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 (2017) [160]
Tony Kushner TSOA 1984, M.F.A. Playwright. "Best Play" Angels in America (part 1 in 1993, part 2 in 1994)
Mimi Lien TSOA 2003, M.F.A. "Best Scenic Design in a Musical" for Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 (2017) [160]
Idina Menzel TSOA 1993, B.F.A. "Best Actress in a Musical" for Wicked (2004)
Donna Murphy TSOA 1980, B.F.A.[citation needed] "Best Actress in a Musical" for Passion (1994) and The King and I (1996)
Clint Ramos TSOA 1997, M.F.A "Best Costume Design in a Play" for Eclipsed (2016) [158]
John Patrick Shanley Steinhardt 1977, M.A. Playwright. "Best Play" for Doubt: A Parable (2005)
Stephen Spinella TSOA, 1982 M.F.A. "Best Featured Actor in a Play" for Angels in America (part 1, 1993), "Best Actor in a Play" for Angels in America (part 2, 1994)
Paul Tazewell TSOA 1989, M.F.A "Best Costume Design in a Musical" for Hamilton (2016) [158]
Barbara Whitman GAL 1988 Producer, four Tony Awards: Red (2010), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2014), Fun Home (2015), The Humans (2016) [158]
Jeff Whitty TSOA, 1997 M.F.A. "Best Book" for Avenue Q (2003)
George C. Wolfe TSOA, M.F.A. "Best Direction of a Play" for Angels in America (1993), "Best Direction of a Musical" for Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk (1996)
Frank Wood TSOA, 1987 M.F.A. "Best Featured Actor in a Play" for Side Man (1999)
David Zinn TSOA 1991, B.F.A "Best Scenic Design in a Play" for The Humans (2016) [158]


Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Julius Axelrod Med 1941, M.Sc. 1970 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Arthur Agatston Med 1973, M.D. Author of The South Beach Diet
Peter B. Berger Med 1983, M.D. Interventional cardiologist and Director of Clinical Research at Geisinger Clinic
Frederick Cook Med 1890, M.D. Explorer
Fred Epstein WSC 1959, B.A. Pediatric neurosurgeon
William Alexander Hammond Med 1848, M.D. Surgeon General, pioneer in neurology
Henry Lee Med 1974–1975, M.S., Ph.D. Forensic scientist
Albert Warren Ferris Med 1878, A.B.; 1885, A.M. President of the New York State Commission in Lunacy and Director of Saratoga Springs State Reservation. [161]
Joe Landolina POLY Invented Vetigel while an undergrad student
John G. Trump POLY Helped design X-ray machines that provided additional years of life to cancer patients [162]
Samuel D. Goldberg POLY Revolutionized dentistry by inventing local anesthetics and making Novocain commercially feasible. [59]
William B. Kouwenhoven POLY Inventor of closed-chest cardiac defibrillator
Peter P. Regna POLY Helped discover Terramyscin, an antibiotic effective against more than 100 diseases [59]
Barouh Berkovits POLY Invented the cardiac defibrillator and artificial cardiac pacemaker
Jasper H. Kane POLY Developed the practical, deep-tank fermentation method for production of large quantities of pharmaceutical-grade penicillin
Maclyn McCarty Med 1940–1941, Research Fellow Demonstrated that DNA transmits genetic traits
Walter Reed Med Discovered the mosquito transmission of yellow fever
Albert Sabin Med 1931, M.D. Developer of the oral vaccine for polio
Arthur M. Sackler Med, M.D. Founder of Creedmore Institute of Psychobiological Studies
Stephen Smith Med, M.D. Founder of the American Public Health Association
Jonas Salk Med 1938, M.D. Discoverer of the Salk vaccine (the first polio vaccine)
Charles Francis Stokes POLY Inventor of Stokes stretcher, one of the oldest medical devices in continuous use by the military. [163]
Robert Jarvik ENG Co-Inventor, Jarvik-7 artificial heart


Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Milton Babbitt B.A., 1935 1986 MacArthur Fellow, 1982 Pulitzer Prize special citation
Arthur Berger B.A., 1932 Composer
Cy Coleman Steinhardt Tony Award for City of Angels 1990, On the Twentieth Century 1978
Betty Comden Steinhardt Partner of Adolph Green, recipient of several Tony Awards
Clive Davis CAS 1953, B.A. Founder of Arista Records
Neil Diamond CAS 2003, Hon. Ph.D. Singer/songwriter
Carlos Dengler CAS Interpol's first bassist/keyboardist
Dave Douglas Steinhardt, B.A. Jazz trumpeter
Greg Drudy Previous student Interpol's first drummer
Hayden Dunham GAL Musician, performance artist, designer [164]
Fred Ebb B.A., 1939 1967 Tony Award, 1967 Grammy Award for Cabaret
Colleen Fitzpatrick B.A., 1991 a.k.a. Vitamin C
Bernard Garfield B.A., 1948 Bassoonist and composer
Stefani Germanotta TSOA* a.k.a. Lady Gaga
Midori Goto GAL 2000, B.A.; NYU 2005, M.A. Violinist [165]
DJ Cuppy Steinhardt Nigerian music producer; daughter of Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola
Albert Hammond, Jr. TSOA The Strokes' guitarist
Antony Hegarty TSOA Mercury prize-winning lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons
Daniel Kessler GAL Interpol's guitarist/backing vocalist
Paul Banks GAL Interpol's guitarist/lead vocalist
Talib Kweli previous student member of rap duo Black Star
Elodie Lauten Steinhardt 1986, M.A. Composer
Tania Leon Steinhardt famous conductor, composer of "Scourge of Hyacinths",
Enoch Light Steinhardt pioneer of music recording
Melissa Manchester independent studies, 1970–1971 1982 Grammy Award [166]
Jackie McCullough M.A. Philosophy Gospel musician and pastor
David Portner former student Founding member of experimental band Animal Collective
Jerry Ross studied under Rudolph Schramm Composer
Rick Rubin former student, lived on campus Co-founder of Def Jam while at NYU
Carole Bayer Sager B.A., 1979 1987 Grammy Award
Blake Schwarzenbach B.A., 1991 Lead singer for bands Jawbreaker and Jets to Brazil
Patti Scialfa Gallatin; received music degree after transferring from the University Of Miami Singer and guitarist with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band
Wayne Shorter Steinhardt 1956, B.M.E. Influential hard-bop and modal jazz saxophonist
Russell Simmons former student Co-founder of Def Jam while at NYU
William Oscar Smith B.A., 1942 Jazz double bassist, known for 1939 Coleman Hawkins recording of Body and Soul
Eileen Southern Steinhardt 1961, Ph.D. First African American woman appointed a tenured full professor at Harvard
Louise Talma B.A., 1927 Composer
Mary Wilson Gallatin The Supremes
Elle Varner TSOA Singer, songwriter, producer
Dot da Genius POLY Singer, record producer and mixing engineer
A Great Big World Steinhardt Singers and songwriters, known for the Grammy Award winning song Say Something

Politics, law and government

Members of the United States House of Representatives

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Jerome Anthony Ambro B.A., 1955 United States House of Representatives
Michael McMahon B.A., 1979 United States House of Representatives
Martha Roby B.M., 1998 United States House of Representatives R-AL (2011-) [167]
Lawrence J. Smith United States House of Representatives
William Bernard Barry Law LL.B., 1925 United States House of Representatives D-NY 1935–1946
Charles Robin Britt Law LL.M., 1976 United States House of Representatives D-NC 1983–1985
Peter Angelo Cavicchia Law LL.B., 1908 United States House of Representatives R-NJ 1931–1937
Earl Thomas Coleman Wagner 1963, M.P.A. United States House of Representatives D-MO 1976–1993
Maurice Connolly Law LL.B., 1898 United States House of Representatives D-IA 1921-1921
Irwin Delmore Davidson B.S., 1927, Law LL.B., 1928 United States House of Representatives
Lawrence Joseph DeNardis M.A., 1960; Ph.D., 1989 United States House of Representatives
Diana DeGette Law J.D., 1982 United States House of Representatives (1997–)
Steven Boghos Derounian B.A., 1938 United States House of Representatives
Isidore Dollinger B.C.S., 1925 United States House of Representatives (1949–1959)
Fred J. Eckert Law postgraduate work United States House of Representatives, U.S. Ambassador
Francis Edwin Dorn Wagner, 1936* United States House of Representatives
Smith Ely Law LL.B., 1846 United States House of Representatives
Leonard Farbstein Law LL.B. 1924 United States House of Representatives (1957–1971)
Hamilton Fish IV Law LL.B. 1957 United States House of Representatives (1969–1995)
Cornelius Edward Gallagher Law postgraduate 1948 United States House of Representatives (1959–1973)
Jacob A. Geissenhainer Law LL.B., 1862 United States House of Representatives
Benjamin A. Gilman Law LL.B., 1950 United States House of Representatives (1983–2003)
Anthony Jerome Griffin Law LL.B., 1892 United States House of Representatives (1918–1935)
Frank Joseph Guarini Law, J.D., 1950, LL.M., 1955 United States House of Representatives (1979–1993)
Cecil Landau Heftel Graduate Work United States House of Representatives (1977–1986)
Rush D. Holt, Jr. GSAS, M.S. 1974, Ph.D. 1981 United States House of Representatives (1999–)
Stanley Nelson Lundine Law 1964, LL.B. United States House of Representatives (1976–1987)
Mitchell Jenkins Law 1926, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Edward Aloysius Kenney Law LL.B. 1908 United States House of Representatives (1933–1938)
Franklin Bartlett Poly 1865 United States House of Representatives (1893 – 1897)
Eugene James Keogh Stern, B.S. United States House of Representatives (1937–1967)
Arthur George Klein Law 1926, LL.B. United States House of Representatives (1946–1956)
Fiorello La Guardia Law 1908, LL.B., United States House of Representatives (1916–1934)
Jefferson Monroe Levy Law 1873, LL.B. United States House of Representatives (1911–1915)
John MacCrate Law 1906, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Vito Marcantonio Law, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Raymond Joseph McGrath M.A., 1968 United States House of Representatives (1981–1993)
Allan Langdon McDermott Law 1877, LL.B. United States House of Representatives (1900–1907)
Thomas Joseph Meskill Law 1955, LL.B. United States House of Representatives, Governor of Connecticut
Denis O'Leary Law 1890, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Nathan David Perlman Law LL.B. 1907 United States House of Representatives (1920–1927)
Anning Smith Prall Law 1908, LL.B. United States House of Representatives (1923–1935)
Benjamin Rabin Law 1917, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Leo Frederick Rayfiel Law 1908, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Charles B. Rangel Law 1957, B.S. United States House of Representatives
B. Caroll Reece Law 1916, M.A. United States House of Representatives (1921–1961) [168]
Matthew John Rinaldo Wagner 1979, M.P.A. United States House of Representatives (1973–1993) [169]
Benjamin Stanley Rosenthal Law 1952, LL.M. United States House of Representatives (1962–1983)
Chris Shays Stern 1974, M.B.A. Wagner 1978, M.P.A United States House of Representatives
Isaac Siegel Law 1901, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Daniel Edgar Sickles Law 1846, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Andrew Lawrence Somers coursework* United States House of Representatives
James Tallmadge, Jr. 1st President of NYU United States House of Representatives (1817–1819)
Ludwig Teller Law 1935, LL.B. United States House of Representatives (1957–1961)
Herbert Tenzer Law 1927, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Nydia Velázquez M.A., 1976 United States House of Representatives (1992–)
Elijah Ward Law 1943, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Arthur Vivian Watkins 1909–1910 United States House of Representatives
Leo C. Zeferetti 1963* United States House of Representatives

Members of the United States Senate

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Lamar Alexander Law 1965, J.D. United States Senate
Rudy Boschwitz SternM.B.A., 1950, Law J.D., 1953 United States Senate
Edward Irving Edwards Law, LL.B. United States Senate (1923–1929), Governor of New Jersey
Henry Drury Hatfield Med M.D., 1904 United States Senate (1929–1935), Governor of West Virginia
Jacob Javits CAS 1923, B.A., Law 1926, LL.B. United States Senate
James Edward Murray Law 1900, J.D. United States Senate (1934–1961)
Tasker Lowndes Oddie Law 1895, LL.B. United States Senate (1921–1933)
James Aloysius O'Gorman Law 1887, J.D. United States Senate(1911–1917)
Bob Packwood Law 1957, J.D. United States Senate(1969–1995)
Abraham Alexander Ribicoff B.A., 1929 United States Senate 1963–1981
Elihu Root Law 1867, LL.B. United States Senate
Arthur Walsh Stern 1915 United States Senate

United States Governors

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Edward Irving Edwards Law, LL.B. Governor of New Jersey
Henry Drury Hatfield Med M.D., 1904 Governor of West Virginia
Samuel J. Tilden Law 1838-1841 Governor of New York
Abraham A. Ribicoff Governor of Connecticut
Thomas P. Salmon Governor of Vermont

Ambassadors from the United States

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Clay Constantinou Law LL.M., 1986 United States Ambassador to Luxembourg
David M. Friedman Law United States Ambassador to Israel
John S.R. Shad Law United States Ambassador to the Netherlands
David Pressman Law United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Robert Patrick John Finn M.A. United States Ambassador to Afghanistan
Patricia McMahon Hawkins CAS United States Ambassador to Togo
Joseph R. DeTrani CAS, B.S. United States Ambassador Special Envoy for Six Party Talks (2005–06), United States Ambassador Special Envoy on Korean Affairs (2003–05) [170]
Fred J. Eckert CAS United States Ambassador to Fiji
Heather M. Hodges M.A. United States Ambassador to Moldova
Clifford Sobel Stern B.S., 1972 United States Ambassador to the Netherlands, United States Ambassador to Brazil
Herbert Wolcott Bowen POLY United States Ambassador to Venezuela
George W. Landau United States Ambassador to Venezuela
Mary Carlin Yates M.A., Ph.D. United States Ambassador to Ghana
Kenneth L. Brown M.A. United States Ambassador to Ghana
Charles L. English United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Max Kampelman B.A., LL.B. United States Ambassador to the CSCE
Elliott Skinner B.A. United States Ambassador to Burkina Faso
William Henry Draper Jr. United States Ambassador to NATO
Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. United States Ambassador to Sweden


Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Shirley Abrahamson CAS Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
G. Steven Agee Law Federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; former Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
Julio M. Fuentes GSAS M.A. United States Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
John Greaney Law Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Court
Cynthia H. Hall Law Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [171]
William C. Hill Arts & Science, B.A, 1939
Law, J.D., 1941
Associate Justice, Vermont Supreme Court [172][173]
Dennis G. Jacobs Law Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Judith S. Kaye Law, LL.B., 1958 Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
M. Blane Michael Law Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Pauline Newman Law Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
William C. Brennan Law Justice, New York Supreme Court
Marian P. Opala Law LL.M. Justice, Oklahoma Supreme Court
Thomas Buergenthal Law J.D., 1960 Judge, International Court of Justice (2000 -)
Doris Ling-Cohan Law J.D., 1979 Judge, New York State Supreme Court
William A. Wachenfeld POLY Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1946 to 1959
Nabil Elaraby Law LL.M., 1969; J.S.D., 1971 Judge, International Court of Justice
Gonzalo Parra Aranguren Law LL.M., 1952 Judge, International Court of Justice
Burton B. Roberts B.A., 1943; Law 1949 Bronx New York Supreme Court judge known for his no-nonsense imperious handling of cases in his courtroom became the model for the character of Myron Kovitsky in the book The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe [174]
Richard V. Thomas NYU Master of Laws Chief Justice of the Wyoming high court; Member of the Wyoming Supreme Court, 1974–2001 [175]
Theodore Trautwein Law Judge who sentenced a reporter from The New York Times to 40 days in jail in the "Dr. X" trial of Mario Jascalevich [176]
James Lopez Watson B.A., 1947 Judge, United States Court of International Trade
Louis Freeh Law Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Gloria Allred GSAS Feminist lawyer
Amal Clooney Law Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers; married to George Clooney
Zachary W. Carter Law United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York
Martin Garbus Law Attorney; Fulbright Scholar
Sally Hernandez Law Deputy Mayor of NYC, 1990–92 [177]
Martin Lipton Law Lawyer; a founding partner of the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; inventor of the "poison pill"; M&A Master
Anne Milgram Law 57th Attorney General of New Jersey
Peter J. Powers Law First Deputy Mayor of New York City, 1994–96 [178]
Shirley D. Peterson Law Assistant Attorney General in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice
Irving Picard Law Oversaw Madoff recoupment
Charles P. Rettig Law (LL.M.) Lawyer
Glenn Greenwald Law Lawyer and blogger
Ann Althouse Law Lawyer and blogger
Neil Barofsky Law Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2000 to 2008.
Marc  Platt (producer) Law Entertainment attorney; film, television, and theatre producer
Bob Ferguson (politician) Law American attorney and politician who is the 18th and current Attorney General of Washington

United States Cabinet members, foreign government, royalty, clergy and other

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Anthony Foxx Law United States Secretary of Transportation; served as the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, 2009-2013.
Jason Greenblatt Law United States Special Representative for International Negotiations
Carmen Fariña Current New York City Schools Chancellor, the head of the New York City Department of Education.
Vanita Gupta Law Head of the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice
Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr. Law White House Counsel, 1987–89
Henry  Lee (forensic scientist) GSAS Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Safety
Shlomo-Yisrael Ben-Meir Israeli politician; served as a member of the Knesset, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Deputy Speaker and Deputy Minister of Health
Carl Gatto POLY Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
Fortunato de la Peña POLY Secretary of Science and Technology at the Philippine Department of Science and Technology; former Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development
Chung Sye-kyun Wagner M.A., 1983 Speaker of the National Assembly of South Korea
Frank Padavan POLY New York state senator
George T. Burling POLY New York state senator
Ivan Itkin POLY Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Vincent O'Rourke POLY Commanding officer of a number of aviation units as well as the USS Rainier (AE-5) and USS Tripoli (LPH-10); two-time recipient of the Navy Cross, the Navy's second highest award for valor
Ed Koch Law Mayor of New York City
Bill de Blasio Mayor of New York City
Maya Soetoro-Ng Sister of United States President Barack Obama; professor at University of Hawaii at Manoa
Shimon Peres President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. Peres also served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel.
George Cromwell POLY New York state senator
Teresa Patterson Hughes Steinhardt California State Senator [179]
Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika Steinhardt Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the United States of America.
Leonel Baruch Stern MBA 1978 Minister of Finance, Costa Rica 1998-2001 [180]
Lamar Alexander Law 1965, J.D. U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Senator from Tennessee
Gloria Allred GSAS M.A., 1971 lawyer, talk show host
Ruth Balser Ph.D. member of the Mass. House of Representatives (1998–present)
Bill Bell (mayor) Mayor of Durham, North Carolina.
Robert J. McGuire Law New York City Police Commissioner [181]
Carol Bellamy Law J.D., 1968 Executive Director of UNICEF
John S.R. Shad Law Chairman of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission between 1981 and 1987; served as the ambassador to the Netherlands
Khaliya Aga Khan From 2006-2013, Khaliya was married to Prince Hussain Aga Khan
Michael Benjamin B.A., 1992 U.S. Senate Candidate
David Boies Law LL.M., 1967 United States v. Microsoft, Bush v. Gore
Cristina Federica de Borbon GSAS M.A., 1991 Princess of Spain
Eugene Chien GSAS Ph.D., 1973 Foreign Minister of Taiwan
Chi Mui POLY First Asian-American Mayor of San Gabriel, California
Ahmed Zaki Yamani Law Saudi Arabian politician; Minister of Oil (Petroleum) and Mineral Resources from 1962 to 1986,; a minister in OPEC for 25 years
Jan Zaprudnik Leader of the Belarusian community in the U.S.
Ephraim Katzir POLY Fourth President of Israel; chief scientist of the Israel Defense Department
Shamma Al Mazrui Rhodes Scholar; UAE Minister of State for Youth [182]
Sang Whang POLY Church leader and community advocate in Florida
D. James Kennedy GSAS Pastor, evangelist, and Christian broadcaster; founded the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Evangelism Explosion International, Westminster Academy, and Knox Theological Seminary
Ali Khatami POLY Chief of staff of Iran; brother of former Iranian president, Mohammed Khatami
Roberto de Oliveira Campos Postgraduate study Brazilian politician and legislator; ambassador to the U.S. and UK
Richard Campagna M.A. Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Candidate
Sripati Chandrasekhar GSAS Ph.D., 1944 Indian Minister of Health and Family Planning under Indira Gandhi
Dae-whan Chang GSAS Ph.D., 1987, M.A., 1985 Prime Minister, South Korea [183]
Li-an Chen GSAS Ph.D. Secretary of Defence, Taiwan (1990–1993), President of the Control Yuan
Demos Chiang Stern B.S. Great-grandson of Chiang Kai-shek
Chelsea Clinton Wagner Ph.D. student, 2010– Former First Daughter; child of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton; wife of Marc Mezvinsky
Phil Amicone ENG 41st Mayor of Yonkers, New York
Rafael Piñeiro Wagner MPA First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD)
Zachary Townsend Wagner MPA Chief Data Officer of the state of California
Sal Albanese Steinhardt New York City Council member
Stavros Dimas GSAS M.A., 1969 European Commissioner for the Environment
William Donohue GSAS Ph.D., 1980 President, Catholic League
William Henry Draper, Jr. GSAS M.A., 1917 Under Secretary of War and the Army
Juan Carlos Echeverry GSAS Ph.D., 1996 Finance Minister of Colombia
Mohamed ElBaradei Law LL.M., 1967 Vice President of Egypt; Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (1997–)
Neil Barofsky Law SIGTARP, the Special United States Treasury Department Inspector General overseeing the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), from late 2008 until his resignation at the end of March 2011
Mark Everson GSAS M.S., 1977 U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Isaac Herzog Israeli politician; chairman of the Labor Party; has been the opposition leader in the outgoing 19th Knesset
Humayun Chaudhry Physician; CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards
Maria Olympia Princess of Greece and Denmark [184]
Abraham Foxman Law J.D. President of the Anti-Defamation League
Louis Freeh Law LL.M., 1984 Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1993–2001)
Guillermo Endara Galimany Postgraduate work, NYU Law President of Panama (1989–1994)
John William Gilbert GSAS Secretary of State for Transport, Secretary of State for Defence
Rudy Giuliani Law J.D., 1968 Mayor of New York City (1994–2001)
Camillo Gonsalves BsC in Global Affairs Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations (2007– ) [185]
Nancy Grace Law LL.M. Court TV host
John Grenier Taxation, L.LM, 1955 United States Senate candidate, 1966; Alabama Republican Party chairman; Birmingham lawyer
Seth Harris Law, J.D., 1990 U.S. Department of Labor, Deputy Secretary of Labor, 2009–; U.S. Department of Labor, Counselor to the Secretary, 1993–2000
Muhammad Hassanein GSAS M.A., 1966 Minister of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt
Dorothy Height ARTS B.A., GSAS M.A., 1930 Civil and women's rights activist
Alphonse J. Jackson M.A. in secondary education administration Louisiana State Representative, 1972–1992 [186]
T. J. Jemison Postgraduate study President of the National Baptist Convention from 1982 to 1994
Lazarus Joseph LAW 1912 N.Y. State Senator (21st District 1934–44, 24th District 1945) and Comptroller of the City of New York (1946–1954)
Elmer Ellsworth Brown United States Commissioner of Education, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Meir Kahane GSAS M.A., 1957 Leader of the Kach political party in the Israeli Knesset
Raymond W. Kelly Law LL.M. Police Commissioner of New York, Under Secretary of the Treasury
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Law J.D., 1989 Son of President John F. Kennedy
Fiorello La Guardia Law 1908, LL.B. Mayor of New York City (1934–1945)
Samuel Levy University of the City of New York 1894, B.S. Manhattan Borough President (1931–1937)
Ivan Lozowy Law 1986, J.D. Founder of the Institute for Statehood and Democracy of Ukraine [187]
Ying-jeou Ma Law LL.M., 1976 President of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Elvin McCary NYU graduate Member of both houses of the Alabama State Legislature and real estate businessman from Anniston, Alabama, died 1981 [188]
Marie-Chantal Miller IFA Princess of Greece
Robert Mueller GSAS M.A. 1967 Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under George W. Bush
Anne Firth Murray GSAS Economics Founder of Global Fund for Women
Giorgos Papakonstantinou Stern Minister of Economy & Finance, Greece [189]
Samuel Pierce Law LL.M., 1952 United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Louis Romano Ed.D. Member of the New Jersey General Assembly [190]
Adam Shapiro GSAS M.A Co-Founder of International Solidarity Movement
Park Yong Sung Stern M.B.A. Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce
Queen Sylvia of Buganda Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree 1985 Queen consort of Buganda, the traditional kingdom in central Uganda [191]
Abraham Alexander Ribicoff B.A., 1929 United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
Leonard M. Pomata POLY B.S. 5th Secretary of Technology of Virginia [192]
Elihu Root Law 1867, LL.B. Secretary of War (1899–1903), Secretary of State (1905–1909)
Martha J Somerman D.D.S. (NYU College of Dentistry, 1975), Ph.D. Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Ekwow Spio-Garbrah Stern graduate studies Minister of communication, ambassador to the U.S. of the Republic of Ghana
Rodney Vandergert NYU Master of Laws Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka
Ernst Joseph Walch Law M.C.J., 1981 Minister of Foreign Affairs for Liechtenstein
John White Master's degree in public administration Louisiana State Superintendent of Education since 2012 [193]
Barbara Wright M.A., Nursing Education Member of the New Jersey General Assembly [194]
Vanessa Wruble M.P.S. Interactive Telecommunications Activist, co-founder of The Women's March on Washington [195]

Press, literature and arts

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Kathy Acker Blood and Guts in High School
James Truslow Adams POLY, 1898 Writer and historian; coined the term "American Dream" in his 1931 book The Epic of America
Warren Adler B.A., 1949 Author of War of the Roses and Random Hearts
Kenny Albert CAS 1990, B.A. Play-by-play broadcaster, New York Rangers and Fox Sports
David Antin GSAS 1966, M.A. Recipient of the PEN Los Angeles Award for Poetry
Kelli Arena TOSA 1985 B.F.A. CNN reporter and anchor 1985-2009 [196]
Ann Shoket 1994, B.A. Editor in Chief of Seventeen Magazine
Jacob M. Appel GSAS 2000, M.F.A. Author of Arborophilia, Creve Coeur; idiosyncratic bioethicist [197]
Ted Baehr Law, J.D. Chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission
Maria Bartiromo CAS, 1987 B.A. News anchor on CNBC; author
Venia Bechrakis M.F.A Artist
Katherine Behar 2006, M.A Artist
Ib Benoh Steinhardt 1993, D.A. Artist [198]
Judy Blume 1961 B.S., Education Writer of children's literature and young adult fiction
Howard Cosell CAS, B.A. Sports journalist
Stacey Bradford M.A., Journalism Financial journalist, author, and commentator
Rita Mae Brown Law 1964, M.A. Rubyfruit Jungle
Sally Kohn Law Contributor for the Fox News Channel
Eileen Rose Busby earned B.A. at age 62 Author
Candace Bushnell CAS, B.A. Her New York Observer column became the basis for Sex and the City
Fortuna Calvo-Roth professor President of New York chapter, Women in Communications [199]
Elaine Cameron-Weir 2010, MFA Artist
Bliss Carman visiting scholar Canadian poet
Suzanne Collins TSOA 1989, M.F.A. Television writer and novelist, author of the series The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy. [200]
Countee Cullen GSAS Author of Ballad of the Brown Girl, Color, Color
Noon Meem Danish Former teaching staff Urdu poet [201]
Miriam Davenport IFA* Painter and sculptor
Midge Decter ARTS* Journalist
Erica De Mane CAS Author of The Flavors of Southern Italy
Heather Dewey-Hagborg Master of Professional Studies in Interactive Telecommunications Information artist [202]
Crystal Eastman Law 1907, LL.B. Leader in early 20th-century feminist and civil liberties activism
Ralph Ellison Faculty 1970–1980 American Academy of Arts & Letters
Wayne Federman TSOA* Author of Maravich; comedian, The Tonight Show
Tom Ford TSOA* Design Director for Gucci
William Gaines CAS 1948, B.A. Founder of MAD magazine
Michael Gartner Law 1972, J.D. 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing
Elizabeth Gilbert CAS B.A., 1991 Author of Eat, Pray, Love [203]
Jorie Graham TSOA 1973, B.F.A. Known for complex metaphors and philosophical content
Adolph Green WSC 1938* Met Betty Comden at NYU
Raymond P. Hammond GAL 2000, MA Editor-in-Chief of New York Quarterly
Sean Hannity coursework* Co-host of Hannity and Colmes on Fox News Channel
Joseph Heller WSC 1948 Author of Catch-22 [203]
Perez Hilton B.A., 2000 Blogger, columnist and television personality.
Safiya Henderson-Holmes B.A. Poet, recipient of the William Carlos Williams Award [204]
Don Hewitt coursework* Creator of 60 Minutes
Idil Ibrahim Director and producer; founder of Zeila Films
Andrew Jacobs studied architecture and urban design New York Times journalist; documentary film director and producer [205]
Jamie Johnson GAL 2003, B.A. Filmmaker [206]
David Kaufman GSAS, M.A.[citation needed] Contributor to the Financial Times, The New York Times, Details, and the Fox Business Network
Swati Khurana GAL 2001, M.A. Artist and writer [207]
Andrew Kirtzman Journalism degree NY1 and WCBS-TV reporter, author
Alen Pol Kobryn CAS* Poet [208]
William Lashner Law, J.D. Author of legal thrillers
Ira Levin ARTS 1950, B.A. Known for the broadway musical Deathtrap
Paul Levinson WSC 1974 B.A.; Steinhardt 1979 Ph.D. Author of The Plot To Save Socrates
Charles Battell Loomis POLY Author
Leonard Maltin WSC, B.A. (journalism) Film critic on Entertainment Tonight
Demetri Martin Law* Comedian, The Daily Show
Carson McCullers GSAS* Author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Frank McCourt WSC 1953, B.A. 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography or autobiographical Writing
Leonard Michaels WSC 1953, B.A. Essayist known for his compelling urban tales of whimsy and tragedy
Janet Mock Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, M.A. Author and journalist known for her 2014 memoir Redefining Realness [209]
Davi Napoleon TSOA 1989 Ph.D. Arts journalist and reviewer; author of Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theater
William Phillips GSAS 1930, M.A. Co-founder of Partisan Review
James Amos Porter GSAS, M.A. Painter and art historian
Dorothy Rabinowitz GSAS 1960, Ph.D. 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
Charles Reznikoff Law 1916, LL.B. Objectivist poet
Charlie Rose Stern 1968, coursework* Emmy award-winning journalist, television producer, host of PBS's Charlie Rose Show, and correspondent for CBS's 60 Minutes [210]
J. D. Salinger coursework* Author of Catcher in the Rye. [211]
Gerald Schoenfeld Law, J.D. Chairman of the Shubert Organization (1972–2008) [212]
Ben Shahn Artist
John Patrick Shanley Steinhardt 1977, M.A. Recipient of Pulitzer Prize, Academy Award, Tony Award
Arleen Schloss Education 1965, B.S. Sound poet, performance and video artist, curator, early childhood educator
Sara Shepard ARTS* Author of Pretty Little Liars series and The Lying Game series
George Segal ENG 1950, B.S. Sculptor of monochromatic, cast plaster figures
Robert Sobel CAS 1957, Ph.d. Business historian; author of For Want of a Nail
Danielle Steel TSOA 1963–1967* Romance novel author
Darin Strauss ENG 1996, M.F.A. Guggenheim-winning novelist; Chang and Eng, The Real McCoy
Harold C. Schonberg GSAS 1939, M.A. 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
Beth Ames Swartz 1959, M.A. Artist [213]
John Paul Thomas GSAS 1954, M.A. Artist and educator; studied with William Baziotes
Amy Vanderbilt B.A. 1929 Authority on manners, mores
Brian K. Vaughan Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Pride of Baghdad
Joel Wachs (born 1939) — Los Angeles City Council member (1970–2001), president of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York City
Gene Weingarten CAS 1972 2008 and 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing
Saul Williams GSAS 1995, M.A. Author of The Seventh Octave and Said the Shotgun to the Head
Robert Anton Wilson 1957–1958 Author of The Illuminatus! Trilogy
James N. Wood Former Director and President of the Art Institute of Chicago (1980–2004); President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust [214]

Pulitzer Prize winners

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
James Truslow Adams POLY 1921 Pulitzer Prize for History
Milton Babbitt ARTS 1935, B.A. 1982 Pulitzer Prize, Special Citation, "for his life's work as a distinguished and seminal American composer"
Jorie Graham undergraduate/Film 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Michael Gartner Law 1972, J.D. 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing
Morton Gould CAS, studied under Abby Whiteside 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Stringmusic
Galway Kinnell professor 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Frank McCourt CAS 1953, B.A. 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography or Autobiographical Writing
George Perle GSAS 1956, Ph.D. 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Woodwind Quintet No. 4
Dorothy Rabinowitz GSAS 1960, Ph.D. 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
James Ford Rhodes CAS, 1865– * 1916 Pulitzer Prize for History of the Civil War
Harold C. Schonberg GSAS 1939, M.A., 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
William Schuman Stern* 1943 Pulitzer Prize for A Free Song
John Patrick Shanley Steinhardt 1977, M.A. 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Charles Simic CAS 1966, B.A. 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (The World Doesn't End)
Neil Simon CAS 1944–1945* 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (Lost in Yonkers)
Moneta Sleet Jr. Master's in journalism 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography (Photo of grieving widow Coretta Scott King)
Irwin Unger professor 1965 Pulitzer Prize for History (The Greenback Era)
Gene Weingarten CAS 1968–1972 2008, 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing
Doug Wright TSOA 1987 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Lawrence Wright fellow, Center for Law and Security 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction


As of 2013, NYU has been associated with at least 74 men and 10 women who have participated as athletes, coaches, or managers at Olympic Games, for a total of at least 28 Olympic medals.[215]

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Chuck Blazer Stern, B.S. FIFA Executive Committee member from 1996 to 2013; CONCACAF General Secretary from 1990 until 2011; Executive Vice President of the U.S. Soccer Federation
Nada Al-Bedwawi Swimmer; competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Bob Arum CAS, B.A. Founder and CEO of Top Rank, one of the most successful professional boxing promotion companies in boxing history
Abraham Balk 1947 Foil and épée fencer, 5 NCAA gold medals, selected to 1948 Olympics team [216]
Anjelina Belakovskaia GSAS 2001, M.S. U.S. Women's Chess Champion 1995, 1996, 1999
Moe Berg ARTS 1918–1919* Major League baseball player, spy, quiz show host
Gary Bettman Law 1977, J.D. NHL Commissioner
Georgina Bloomberg Professional equestrian; daughter of former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg
Ralph Branca Steinhardt Professional baseball pitcher who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball (1944-1956); played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1944–53, 1956), Detroit Tigers (1953–54), and New York Yankees (1954); three-time All-Star; in 1951, he allowed a walk-off home run to Bobby Thomson, known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World"
Howard Cann ENG Olympic shot putter
Tedford H. Cann Stern Champion swimmer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor; world record holder in swimming; Olympian
Ben Carnevale NYU basketball player 1934–1938; Navy Basketball coach 1947–1967
Colin Cassady CAS Professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name "Big Cass"
Herbert Cohen (fencer) 1962 Olympic fencer
Rudy D'Amico NBA basketball scout, and former college and professional basketball coach
Phil  Edwards (runner) Won three bronze Olympic medals
Martin Engel Steinhardt Olympian in the hammer throw [215]
Eugene Glazer 1962 Olympic fencer [217]
Hank Greenberg coursework* Major League baseball player; five-time All-Star; two-time American League MVP; elected to the Hall of Fame
Gary Gubner World record-holding shotputter and Olympic weightlifter
Happy Hairston NBA player, 1971 champion with the Los Angeles Lakers
Carol Heiss CAS Gold medal winner, Olympic Winter Games 1960
Nat Holman Hall of Fame basketball player and coach
Samuel Jones Olympic gold medalist, high jump, 1904
Julia Jones-Pugliese National champion fencer and fencing coach
Barry Kramer Pro basketball player and jurist
Martin Lang (fencer) 1972 Olympic fencer
Norman Lewis (fencer) Olympic fencer
William H. Maddren POLY, B.S. Head coach of the Johns Hopkins University lacrosse team
Edith Master Olympic bronze medalist equestrian
Shep Messing Olympic soccer player and broadcaster
Marvin Miller CAS, B.S. Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) from 1966 to 1982
Irv Mondschein Olympic decathlete and three-time U.S. champion, NCAA high-jump champion, and All-East football player
Boris Nachamkin NBA basketball player
Reggie Pearman Steinhardt Middle distance runner; competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics
April Jeanette Mendez TSOA* Professional wrestler under the name "AJ Lee"; three-time WWE Divas Champion
Colette Nelson PhD 1998, M.S. IFBB professional bodybuilder [218]
CJ Picerni SPS Drafted by the Washington Nationals [219]
Satch Sanders NBA player, 1961–1966; champion with the Boston Celtics, 1968–1969
Mika'il Sankofa CAS, 1988 Olympic gold medalist, fencing, 1988, 1992
Ollie Satenstein NFL player
Dolph Schayes NBA player, 3-time FT% leader, 1-time rebound leader, 12-time All-Star, Hall of Fame, and coach
Babe Scheuer NFL player
Robert Shmalo CAS International ice dancing competitor
Ed Smith 1934 NFL Boston Redskins, Green Bay Packers 1936–1937, Model for Heisman Trophy [220]
Moe Spahn American Basketball League (MVP) [221]
Ken Strong All-American, 1928 NFL Staten Island Stapletons, New York Giants 1929–1947, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967
Paul Tagliabue Law 1965, J.D. NFL Commissioner
Bill Tanguay NFL player
Sidney Tannenbaum Two-time All-American basketball guard; left as NYU all-time scorer; pro player
Mary Washburn CAS Competed for the United States in the 1928 Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in the 4 x 100 metres, where she won the silver medal
Peter Westbrook Stern Former sabre fencing champion and Olympic medalist
John Woodruff GSAS 1941, M.A. Olympic gold medalist, 800 m, 1936
Eddie Yost MLB player for Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, LA Angels 1944–1962; All Star Team 1952; Coachof Washington Senators, NY Mets, Boston Red Sox 1962–1985
Peter  Zaremba (athlete) ENG Competed for the United States in the 1932 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States in the hammer throw, where he won the bronze medal


Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Sir Harold Acton major benefactor donated the Villa LaPietra Campus to NYU
Elmer Holmes Bobst major benefactor namesake of NYU's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
Charles Butler president of council
Albert Gallatin founder of NYU Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas Jefferson
Martin Kimmel major benefactor namesake of NYU's Kimmel Center for Student Life
Morgan Lewis one of the founders of NYU Governor of New York (1804–1807)
Michael Steinhardt major benefactor namesake of NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Leonard N. Stern major benefactor namesake of NYU's Stern School of Business
Preston Tisch major benefactor namesake of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts
Donald Wallance CAS 1930, B.A. Industrial designer [222]
Oscar Lawton Wilkerson NYU alum Tuskegee Airman
Miles Redd NYU alum Interior designer [223]


The following are characters in film, television, literature, and other media that have a connection to the university:

Name Portrayal Notability Reference
Princess Daisy played by Samantha Mathis Paleontology student in Super Mario Bros.
Isabel played by Julia Roberts in Stepmom (film) [224]
Darin, Kramer's intern played by Jarrad Paul in Seinfeld TV series
James Dalton played by Patrick Swayze "The Cooler" at The Double Deuce
Ross Geller, professor of paleontology played by David Schwimmer in the TV show Friends
Bud Fox played by Charlie Sheen main character in Wall Street
Charlie played by Charlie Sheen in TV show Spin City
Paul Finch played by Eddie Kaye Thomas in the American Pie films
Victor Ward in Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis
Denise Fleming played by Lauren Ambrose in the film Can't Hardly Wait
Tom Collins originated by Jesse L. Martin NYU professor in the musical Rent
Fritz the Cat voiced by Skip Hinnant in the film directed by Ralph Bakshi
Theo Huxtable played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner in The Cosby Show
Dr. Guy Luthan played by Hugh Grant in Extreme Measures (NYU Med Student)
Jack Campbell played by Nicolas Cage in The Family Man
Alvy Singer played Woody Allen in Annie Hall
Dalton played by Patrick Swayze in Road House graduated from NYU with a degree in philosophy
Alex Foreman played by Scarlett Johansson in In Good Company (2004)
Dr. Roy Tam played by Sab Shimono is an NYU science professor in The Shadow (1994)
Will Truman played by Eric McCormack in Will and Grace
Leo Markus played by Harry Connick Jr. in Will and Grace
Blair Waldorf played by Leighton Meester in Gossip Girl
Dan Humphrey played by Penn Badgley in Gossip Girl
Vanessa Abrams played by Jessica Szohr in Gossip Girl
Georgina Sparks played by Michelle Trachtenberg in Gossip Girl
Olivia Burke played by Hilary Duff in Gossip Girl
Em Lewin played by Kristen Stewart in Adventureland
Tyler Hawkins played by Robert Pattinson in Remember Me
Ally Craig played by Emilie De Ravin in Remember Me
Robert "Moose" Alexander III played by Adam G. Sevani in Step Up 3D
Camille Gage played by Alyson Stoner in Step Up 3D
Topanga Lawrence played by Danielle Fishel in Boy Meets World ends up with a scholarship to NYU Law in Season 7
Grace played by Selena Gomez in Monte Carlo
Shoshanna Shapiro played by Zosia Mamet in Girls
Jordan Kersey played by Camila Morrone in Death Wish. [225]

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