Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Paul Krugman, Eminent Art Critic and Historian David Joselit Are Among Additions to the University Faculty

April 22, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

A Nobel Prize-winning economist who anchors the op-ed page of the New York Times, an acclaimed art historian and critic, and an eminent intellectual historian who began her career at LaGuardia Community College are among the luminaries who are making the University their home.

Nobelist Paul Krugman, a New York Times columnist who left Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs for The CUNY Graduate Center, blogs that he likes “being associated with a great public university.”

David Joselit, a celebrated contemporary and modern art historian and critic who formerly chaired Yale University’s art department, says, “I’m really thrilled to join the Graduate Center, which has been for many years one of the most important educators of contemporary art historians. I feel very honored to join their ranks.”

And intellectual historian Joan Richardson, a leading scholar of American literature at the Graduate Center who started teaching at LaGuardia Community College, was light-hearted when the University Trustees elevated her to Distinguished Professor, the University’s highest faculty rank. “I’m honored and moved by the support that this appointment represents,” she said.

Richardson and Joselit were two of the six faculty members promoted to Distinguished Professor this spring. The others are:

  • Arthur Apter of Baruch College, a mathematical logician widely recognized for his research on set theory.
  • Richard McCoy of Queens College, a cultural historian and a critical voice in the study of the interrelationship of literature and politics in the Elizabethan period.
  • Jeffrey Mongrain of Hunter College, a ceramic sculptor widely considered to have ushered ceramics to the center of artistic practice.
  • Jay Rosen of the College of Staten Island, a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and an internationally renowned mathematician who specializes in probability.

Krugman, who will be nominated as a Distinguished Professor, was named a professor in the Ph.D. Program in Economics and distinguished scholar at the Graduate Center’s Luxembourg Income Study Center. He joins LIS director Janet Gornick, a Graduate Center professor of political science and sociology, and senior scholar Branko Milanovic, formerly lead economist at the World Bank, both of whom have written extensively on income inequality.

The consummate “homegrown” CUNY luminary, Richardson earned her bachelor’s at Queens College and her Ph.D. at the Graduate Center. She started teaching at LaGuardia in 1975, joined the doctoral faculty in 1987 while continuing to teach at LaGuardia, and was appointed to the Graduate Center’s English Program in 1994. A prominent Americanist, she produced three definitive volumes on Wallace Stevens, as well as key works on pragmatism.

 

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