Julia Foulkes is an Associate Professor of History at The New School where she teaches courses in history, urban studies, and the arts. She is the author of Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey; To the City: Urban Photographs of the New Deal, which charts the growth of urbanization in the U.S. of the 1930s and ‘40s through photographs; and the editor of a journal volume on “The Arts in Place.” She has served as an advisor for the PBS documentary Free to Dance and for arts organizations such as First Person Arts. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including positions as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Rockefeller Archive Center and a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Potsdam University near Berlin, Germany.

Her current research examines the intersection of urbanization and the arts and will result in two books: one on how the musical and film West Side Story reveal a picture of urban life in the mid-20th century that resonates around the world, and another that explores the rise of cosmopolitanism and arts institutions amidst urban development in the 20th century.

Professor Foulkes has served as Coordinator of Prior Learning, Chair of Social Sciences, and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. She was invited to deliver the Aims of Education address at The New School convocation in September 2009.


Contact Info:
Associate Professor of History
School for Undergraduate Studies
The New School
66 West 12th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10011
212 229 5119, ext. 2388
foulkesj [at] newschool.edu