Sarah Lawrence College faculty

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  1. Martha Graham

    Martha Graham


    Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence of Picasso on modern visual arts, the influence of Stravinsky on music, and the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright on architecture.

  2. Susan Sontag

    Susan Sontag


    Susan Sontag (/ˈsɒntæɡ/; January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004) was an American writer and filmmaker, teacher and political activist, publishing her first major work, the essay "Notes on 'Camp'", in 1964. Her best known works include On Photography, Against Interpretation, Styles of Radical Will, The Way We Live Now, Illness as Metaphor, Regarding the Pain of Others, The Volcano Lover and In America.

  3. Joseph Campbell

    Joseph Campbell


    Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: "Follow your bliss."

  4. Marguerite Yourcenar

    Marguerite Yourcenar


    Marguerite Yourcenar (8 June 1903 – 17 December 1987) was a Belgian-born French novelist and essayist. Winner of the Prix Femina and the Erasmus Prize, she was the first woman elected to the Académie française, in 1980, and the seventeenth person to occupy Seat 3.

  5. Donald McKayle

    Donald McKayle


    Donald McKayle (born July 6, 1930, New York City) is an African-American modern dancer, choreographer, teacher, director and writer best known for creating socially conscious concert works during the 1950s and '60s that focus on expressing the human condition and more specifically, the black experience in America. He was, "Among the first black men to break the racial barrier by means of modern dance,". His talents extend beyond the concert stage as McKayle has also performed and choreographed for Broadway musicals, theatre, television, and film. He has worked with many choreographers such as Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Anna Sokolow, and Merce Cunningham. A Tony Award and Emmy Award nominee, McKayle is currently a Professor of Dance, Modern Technique and Choreography, at UC Irvine, in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Dance Department. He has served on the faculties of Connecticut College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Bennington College.

  6. George Tsontakis

    George Tsontakis


    George Tsontakis (born Astoria, Queens, New York City, October 24, 1951) is an American-born composer and conductor of Greek descent.

  7. E.L. Doctorow

    E.L. Doctorow


    Edgar Lawrence "E. L." Doctorow (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015) was an American author, editor, and professor, best known internationally for his works of historical fiction. He has been described as one of the most important American novelists of the 20th century.

  8. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.

    Eugene O'Neill, Jr.


    Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, Jr. (May 5, 1910 - September 25, 1950) was an American professor of Greek literature and son of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill.

  9. William Schuman

    William Schuman


    William Howard Schuman (August 4, 1910 – February 15, 1992) was an American composer and arts administrator.

  10. Rudolf Arnheim

    Rudolf Arnheim


    Rudolf Arnheim (July 15, 1904 – June 9, 2007) was a German-born author, art and film theorist, and perceptual psychologist. He learned Gestalt psychology from studying under Max Wertheimer and Wolfgang Köhler at the University of Berlin and applied it to art. His magnum opus was his book Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye (1954). Other major books by Arnheim have included Visual Thinking (1969), and The Power of the Center: A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts (1982). Art and Visual Perception was revised, enlarged and published as a new version in 1974, and it has been translated into fourteen languages. He lived in Germany, Italy, England, and America. Most notably, Arnheim taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Harvard University, and the University of Michigan. He has greatly influenced art history and psychology in America.

  11. Maria Goeppert-Mayer

    Maria Goeppert-Mayer


    Maria Goeppert Mayer (June 28, 1906 – February 20, 1972) was a German-born American theoretical physicist, and Nobel laureate in Physics for proposing the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus. She was the second female Nobel laureate in physics, after Marie Curie.

  12. Meyer Kupferman

    Meyer Kupferman


    Meyer Kupferman (July 3, 1926 – November 26, 2003) was a prolific American composer and clarinetist.

  13. Stephen Dobyns

    Stephen Dobyns


    Stephen J. Dobyns (born February 19, 1941) is an American poet and novelist born in Orange, New Jersey, and residing in Westerly, RI.

  14. Fawaz Gerges

    Fawaz Gerges


    Fawaz A. Gerges is a Lebanese-American academic and author with expertise on the Middle East, U.S. foreign policy, international relations, Al Qaeda, and relations between the Islamic and Western worlds.

  15. Mark Helias

    Mark Helias (2006)


    Mark Helias (born October 1, 1950) is an American jazz double bass player and composer born in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

  16. William Melvin Kelley

    William Melvin Kelley


    William Melvin Kelley (born November 1, 1937) is a prominent African-American novelist and short-story writer. He is known for the novel A Different Drummer. He has won, among other things, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2008 for Lifetime Achievement. Kelley has been a writer in residence at the State University of New York at Geneseo and has taught at the New School for Social Research. He currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

  17. Wilford Leach

    Wilford Leach


    Carson Wilford Leach (August 26, 1929 – June 18, 1988) was an American theatre director, set designer, film director, screenwriter, and college professor.

  18. Galway Kinnell

    Galway Kinnell


    Galway Kinnell (February 1, 1927 – October 28, 2014) was an American poet. For his 1982 Selected Poems he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and split the National Book Award for Poetry with Charles Wright. From 1989 to 1993 he was poet laureate for the state of Vermont.

  19. Cynthia Cruz

    Cynthia Cruz


    Cynthia Cruz is a contemporary American poet. Her first collection of poems, Ruin, was published by Alice James Books in 2006, and reviewed by The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Library Journal and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Her second collection is forthcoming from Four Way Books She has published poems in numerous literary journals and magazines including "The New Yorker" AGNI, The American Poetry Review, Brown Paper, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Guernica and The Paris Review, and in anthologies including Isn't it Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger Poets (Wave Books, 2004), and The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries, edited by the late poet Reginald Shepherd (University of Iowa Press, 2004). She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and Princeton University.

  20. Franklin Delano Roosevelt III

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt III


    Franklin Delano "Frank" Roosevelt III (born July 19, 1938) is an American economist and academic. Through his father, he is a grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, and through his mother he is a member of the prominent du Pont family.

  21. Dorothy DeLay

    Dorothy DeLay


    Dorothy DeLay (March 31, 1917 – March 24, 2002) was an American violin instructor, primarily at the Juilliard School and University of Cincinnati

  22. Brooke Stevens

    Brooke Stevens


    Brooke Stevens is an American novelist. His first novel, The Circus of the Earth and the Air, was a nominee for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer's Award in 1994 and a finalist for the World Fantasy Award in 1995. He has published two subsequent novels, not works of fantasy, and has taught creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. His work has been translated into French, German, and Japanese. He lives in Kent, Connecticut.

  23. Pearl Abraham

    Pearl Abraham


    Pearl Abraham (born 1960 in Jerusalem, Israel) is an American novelist, essayist and short story writer. She was the third of nine children in a Hasidic family. Her father was a rabbi. At age five, the family moved to New York City and two years later returned to Israel. Following several moves back and forth between New York and Israel, the family settled in New York when she was 12. She studied first in Yiddish, then in English and then again in Yiddish.

  24. Sara Wilford

    Sara Wilford


    Sara Delano Roosevelt Whitney diBonaventura Wilford (born March 13, 1932) is the daughter of Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney, a prominent philanthropist in medicine and art, and James Roosevelt, the oldest son of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt. Wilford is the adopted daughter of John Hay Whitney.

  25. Nikita Mikros

    Nikita Mikros


    Nikita Mikros is a game designer/developer living in Brooklyn, New York, United States. He is the founder and CEO of SMASHWORX and Tiny Mantis Entertainment, two independent game studios located in New York City. Mr. Mikros's most current project is "Propaganda Lander" available on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Before his current positions Mr. Mikros wa cofounder of Black Hammer Game. Mr. Mikros was the lead designer of "The Egg Files" which was a 2002 Independent Games Festival finalist and is published by Manifesto Games. In addition, he was lead designer of Supremacy: Four Paths To Power which was also an Independent Games Festival finalist in 2005 and is published by Matrix Games.

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