About the Program

Since its inception, the New School for Social Research has attracted reflective journalists and experimental publishers. The founders included Thorsten Veblen, Charles Beard, and John Dewey — authors whose books reached a wide audience of general readers. After World War II, faculty and students at the New School helped create and launch the first alternative weekly urban newspaper, the Village Voice. The Graduate Faculty subsequently attracted public intellectuals like Robert Heilbroner and Hannah Arendt, whose work appeared in publications like the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. In more recent decades, the New School for Social Research has invited outspoken journalists like Christopher Hitchens, Jonathan Schell, and Katha Pollitt to discuss their contrarian views with its graduate students in substantive courses on timely topics.

This program trains students not only in the traditions of criticism, critical theory, and fine writing — but also offers students a variety of studio courses and working experiences that teach them how to design, edit, and distribute journals and books containing intellectually serious written work aimed at a general reader. In addition to surveying more traditional forms of book and magazine publishing, the program will explore the possibilities opened up by new media, such as the internet, tablet applications, and the rise of print-on-demand small batch publications.

Our unique curriculum equips students to think critically and historically about book publishing and journalism; to learn about the best practices of contemporary reporting and cultural criticism; to appreciate the business aspects of production and distribution; and to acquire an ability to work collaboratively in the writing, editing, design and publication of texts on a variety of platforms, both print and digital.

It will also explore the democratic potential in disseminating new "worlds made by words," whether in the form of so-called "open journalism," in which writers interact in new ways with engaged communities of readers, or in the form of political pamphleteering and frank advocacy.

Unlike other publishing programs, this program teaches students how to edit pieces, how to write better, how to think more clearly and critically — and how to design literary texts. Unlike other journalism programs, this program teaches students how to design a business plan, lay out a cross-platform publication, and offers a grounding in the history of written communication from the printing press to the internet. And unlike most design programs, this program regards design, communication technology, and form-making as part of the continuum of the exchange of ideas.

Curriculum

This is a 30-credit master's degree with a one-semester capstone. Full requirements are on the New School curriculum page.

Principal Faculty

James Miller

James Miller

Author of six books, most recently Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche (2011); formerly music and book critic, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, and Newsweek

Rachel Rosenfelt

Rachel Rosenfelt

Founder, The New Inquiry; Creative director, Verso Books

Juliette Cezzar

Juliette Cezzar

Founder and principal, e.a.d.; Former President, AIGA/NY (American Institute of Graphic Arts New York); co-author, Designing the Editorial Experience

Heather Chaplin

Heather Chaplin

Co-author of Smartbomb: The Quest for Art Entertainment and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution

Mark Greif

Co-founder n+1; author of essays in The American Prospect, London Review of Books, Harpers

Elizabeth Kendall

Elizabeth Kendall

Author, Balanchine & the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer

Jed Perl

Jed Perl

Writer, The New York Review of Books; author, Art in America, 1945-1970

Board of Advisors

EDWIN FANCHER

Co-founder, The Village Voice

ROB GIAMPIETRO

Designer, two-time finalist, National Design Awards

DAVID JACOBS

CEO and co-founder, 29th Street Publishing

LEWIS LAPHAM

Founding editor, Lapham's Quarterly

SARAH LEONARD

Senior editor, The Nation

AMY O'LEARY

Technology reporter, The New York Times

COLIN ROBINSON

Founder and co-publisher, OR Books

Recent In-Class Speakers

JONATHAN KARP

President and publisher, Simon and Schuster

ROBERT SILVERS

Co-founder and editor, New York Review of Books

JACOB WEISBERG

Publisher, Slate

BEN SHAPIRO

Senior editor, Vice

JESSICA HELFAND

Graphic designer and critic

STEVE WASSERMAN

Senior trade editor, Yale University Press

BHASKAR SUNKARA

Founder and editor, Jacobin

SASHA FRERE-JONES

Staff writer, the New Yorker

A.J. DULARIO

Editor-in-chief, Gawker Media

ANDRE SCHIFFRIN

Founder, publisher, and editor, The New Press; former publisher and editor, Pantheon Press

JEFFREY YAMAGUCHI

Director of digital marketing, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Random House

MANISH ENGINEER

Senior digital product manager, Random House

KATHERINE SPANGER

Multimedia producer, The New York Times

STEPHEN ELLIOTT

Author, The Adderall Diaries; founder and editor, The Rumpus

LUCAS WITTMANN

Book editor, The Daily Beast