Faculty News & Notes

News and notes highlighting the work of the faculty of the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment at The New School.


Part-time Assistant Professor Molly Schultz Hafid has been named Executive Director of the Butler Family Fund starting September 1, 2020.

Mayor de Blasio named Ana Baptista, Chair of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, to the fourth New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). Read more

Professor Mindy Fullilove is the recipient of the 2020 Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Justice Teaching.

Professor Mark Lipton facilitated an Interactive Training Webinar, “Return to Work Strategy – Diverse Workplaces, Diverse Perspectives,” about both the challenges and the opportunities created by thoughtful return to work planning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Timon McPhearson was named as one of the New York City Climate Heroes by the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) and The Human Impacts Institute.

James Parrott, the Director of Economic and Fiscal Policies at the Center for New York City Affairs, is actively shaping the public’s understanding of the economic impact of the Coronavirus crisis. Read more in this profile.

Professors Mindy Fullilove and Leonardo Figueroa Helland are 2019-2020 Tishman Environment and Design Center Faculty Grant Recipients for their project “Whole Earth” Curriculum.

Trebor Scholz, Associate Professor of Culture and Media and founding director of the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy, helped organize Who Owns the World? The State of Platform Cooperativism, a convening of one hundred fifty speakers from over thirty countries.

Mindy Fullilove is co-author of the forthcoming book From Enforcers to Guardians: A Public Health Primer on Ending Police Violence. In their book, Hannah L. F. Cooper and Mindy Thompson Fullilove provide a public health framing for understanding the causes and distributions of excessive police violence and the interventions to end it.


YBCA, San Francisco’s center for art and progress, named Mindy Fullilove to the YBCA 100 list that honors the most notable artists and activists today.

Mindy Fullilove delivered the keynote address at Europe’s first conference tackling mental health of city dwellers, City, Psychology, Place: An Urban Psychology Summit, taking place at the University of Liverpool in London, Finsbury Square on June 27.

Mark Lipton was a featured speaker at the Multicultural Women’s National Conference in New York on July 9.

Rachel Meltzer described the localized effects of the economic shock of superstorm Sandy in 2012 at the opening plenary of the The JPMorgan Chase Institute 2nd Annual Conference on Economic Research on June 27, 2019.

Ana Baptista is one of the co-authors and inaugural signatories of the Just and Equitable National Climate Platform.

Maria Carrizosa, Michael Cohen, Margarita Gutman, Flávia Leite, David López García, Julia Nesprias,  Bart Orr, Lena Simet, Ileana Versace, (2019). Facing Risk. New Urban Resilience Practices in Latin America. Caracas: CAF.

Rachel Meltzer has been named a 2018 Urban Design Forum Fellow. Fellows are civic leaders shaping dynamic, equitable, and resilient cities around the world.

Latha Poonamallee has been named Editor-in-Chief of SAM Advanced Management Journal published by the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM). It is one of the longest running journals in the Management field. She begins her editorship on May 1, 2019.

Latha Poonamallee and team members Doris Chang of NSSR and Cotter Christian of Parsons are recipients of the 2019 University Fellowship Award for their proposal “Building a Better World: Infusing Mindfulness at the Intersections of Design, Psychology, and Management.”

Alex Schwartz was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to New York City’s Rent Guidelines Board as a public member. The nine-member board’s primary purpose is to recommend the maximum allowable rent increases for the renewal of one- and two-year leases for nearly one million Rent-Stabilized apartments.

Forthcoming Book Chapter: Ana Isabel Baptista, “The Evolution of the Environmental Justice Movement: Trans Local Voices for Systemic Transformations,” Globalism and Localization: Emergent Solutions to our Ecological and Social Crises, Ed. Jeanine M. Canty, Routledge, May 2019.

The Tishman Environment & Design Center  (TEDC) released a new report with funding from the the Natural Resources Defense Council, “Local Policies for Environmental Justice: A National Scan,” by Ana Baptista, Chair of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at Milano and Associate Director at TEDC.

Two peer-reviewed articles by Joseph Heathcott appeared in March: the first on “Architecture, Urban Form, and Assemblage Aesthetics in Mexico City’s Street Markets” published in the International Journal of Architectural Research, and the second on “Mexico City Morphologies” in a special issue of Streetnotes on “The View From Above.” And his digital art work titled “Colonia Federal” was selected for a juried group show at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, March-May 2019. His work on Mexico City’s street markets was also featured in The Guardian, and in an interview with Vox magazine, and his photography was recently published in The Fourth River magazine, Packinghouse Review, and on the cover of Blue Mesa Review.  He gave a series of invited talks, including: closing remarks for the Food Studies conference at New York University; and a lecture on “Tense Urbanities: Formality, Informality, and the Right to the City,” at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

David Howell and Arne L. Kalleberg co-authored the working paper “Declining job quality in the United States: Explanations and Evidence” published by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Mark Lipton, published the article “Beyond misogyny: Our pathologically mean leaders,” EFMD Global Focus, Iss.1 Vol.13.

Rachel Meltzer and Alex Schwartz co-authored Policy Analysis as Problem Solving: A Flexible and Evidence-Based Framework (Routledge, 2018).

Scillitoe, J. L., Poonamallee, Latha, & Joy, S. (2018) Technological innovation investments influence on market: Social strategic orientation balance of socio-tech ventures. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. https://doi.org/10.1080/19420676.2018.1498378

Poonamallee, Latha & Joy, S. (2018). Connecting the Micro to the Macro: How individual actions at the micro-level contribute to corporate social responsibility at the macro-level. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 1-8.

Poonamallee, Latha, Joy, S. & Scillitoe, J. (2018). “Social as institutional change: Interplay of actors’ logic strategies and resources” USC Social Entrepreneurship Conference.

The School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG), co-chaired by Maya Wiley, made its policy recommendations to Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Schools Chancellor in a report released this February. The New York Times wrote: “The panel’s report could provide a model for how families and politicians assess schools in New York City and urban school districts across the country, many of which are also grappling with segregated school systems.”

Dennis Derryck, Professor of Professional Practice and founder and president of Corbin Hill Food Project, talked to Kiki Bourne about how he’s structured the nonprofit around equitable ownership and participation on Lunch Agenda’s “Investing in Food” podcast series, “Reaching for Food Sovereignty” episode. He recently appeared on the “Food (In)Justice” panel at the Culture in a Changing America Symposium presented by Park Avenue Armory in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Joseph Heathcott gave the keynote speech titled “Searching for Cosmopolis: Living Together, Apart” for the conference on Urban Diversities in the Persian Gulf and Beyond, held at Princeton University on March 1, 2019.

Mark Lipton is a featured speaker at the 2019 All In For Women Summit on May 9, 2019 in San Francisco.

Rachel Meltzer  presented work on Hurricane Sandy and its impact on property prices at the FSU-UF-UCF Critical Issues in Real Estate Symposium: Commercial Real Estate Investment and Risk at University of Florida on April 5, 2019.

Latha Poonamallee spoke at this year’s National Diversity Council Diversity & Leadership Conference in Dallas on April 11, 2019.

Maya Wiley will deliver the keynote address at The Sage Colleges’ 102nd Commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Maya Wiley was the featured speaker at the 12th Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast held at Texas A&M University.

Mark Lipton, Mean Men: The Perversion of America’s Self-Made Man (Voussoir Press 2017) winner of 2018 Axiom Award for Best Business Commentary and 2018 Indie award for Best Social Science Book by Independent Press, and finalist for the 2018 Academy of Management George E Terry Book Award.

Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Milano faculty member Alex Schwartz as a public member of New York City’s Rent Guidelines Board. The nine-member board’s primary purpose is to recommend the maximum allowable rent increases for the renewal of one- and two-year leases for nearly one million Rent-Stabilized apartments.

Alex Schwartz, “The Long History and Many Varieties of Mixed-Income Housing in New York City” (November 14, 2018) and “30 Years of Affordable Housing Production and Preservation in New York City: A Model for the Nation?” (November 15, 2018), Partnerships for Affordable Housing International Conference, Hosted by the University of Calgary, CA

Maya Wiley, “Race and Sex in the Time of Trump,” Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Memorial Lecture, Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (November 7, 2018)

Latha Poonamallee, “Social innovation as institutional change: Interplay of institutional logics and actor resources,” 15th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference,  University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (November 2, 2018)

Alex Schwartz, Keynote Speaker,  US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Policy Development and Research Staff Retreat (September 17, 2018)