Our Team

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Rachel L. Swarns

Director, Hidden Legacies

Rachel Swarns is an associate professor of journalism and the director of  Hidden Legacies: Slavery, Race and the Making of 21st Century America, an initiative of the Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism at New York University. The project brings journalists, scholars, students and communities together to promote and produce research and reporting that illuminates the experiences of people of color in the United States. Swarns is the author of The 272: The Families Who Were Enslaved and Sold to Build the American Catholic Church (Random House, 2023); American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama (Amistad/Harper Collins, 2012) and a co-author of Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2017.) In 2023, she was elected to the Society of American Historians. In 2024, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 


 

Amanda Coopersmith

Amanda Coopersmith

Researcher and Project Coordinator

Amanda Coopersmith is a techie-turned-journalist thinking critically about the intersection of tech and social issues. She holds a Master’s Degree from NYU Journalism in Cultural Reporting and Criticism and a B.S. in Product Design from Stanford University.

 

 

 

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Undergraduate Assistant

Fajr Baig is studying Biomolecular Science at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She is a student assistant at NYU Journalism and an undergraduate researcher at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Student Contributors

Spring 2024 – Undergraduate Students

Blair Bao

Blair Bao

International Relations / Journalism

Chloe Bragg

Chloe Bragg

Global Liberal Studies

Abigail Chang

Abigail Chang

Gallatin School of Individual Study

Samantha Donndelinger

Samantha Donndelinger

Journalism/Creative Writing/Gender and Sexuality Studies

Timothy Fraher

Timothy Fraher

Journalism/Politics

Ray Kao

Ray Kao

Theatre/Journalism

Alekah Laing

Alekah Laing

Journalism/Media, Culture, and Communication/Cinema Studies/Documentary

Maya Masa'deh

Maya Masa’deh

Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Kate Serrano

Kate Serrano

Journalism/Sociology/Public Policy Analysis

Abbie Thompson

Abbie Thompson

Journalism/Gender and Sexuality Studies

Stephanie Wong

Stephanie Wong

Media, Culture, and Communication/English and American Literature/Journalism

Fall 2023 – Graduate Students

Talia Barrington

Talia Barrington

Cultural Reporting & Criticism

Maya Brown

Maya Brown

Reporting the Nation & New York

Arielle Domb

Arielle Domb

Cultural Reporting & Criticism

Taylor Irish

Taylor Irish

Magazine & Digital Storytelling

Curtis Rowser III

Curtis Rowser III

Magazine & Digital Storytelling

Alexa Sarci

Alexa Sarci

News & Documentary