joined the NAJP in 1997 after serving as research manager of the
Media Studies Center, a media research think-tank in New York. He
was appointed director of the program in 2004. Szántó
has co-authored and edited four books as well as numerous critical
essays and research reports about culture, media and arts policy.
His reporting and commentary about art, culture and politics have
appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe,
The Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect,
Interiors, Architecture, Print, I.D.,
The International Herald Tribune, Variety, MSNBC
and other domestic and international publications. Since 1997, he
has overseen numerous research initiatives and conferences at the
NAJP, and he has lectured extensively in academic and cultural institutions
in the United States and abroad. Szántó earned his
Ph.D. in sociology at Columbia University with a dissertation on
transformations in New York's visual art world. He has taught courses
on the sociology of culture at Columbia University and at Barnard
graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in history in 2002.
She is currently pursuing advanced studies in American history and
classical political theory and will begin law school in the fall
of 2005. She is also involved in the NYC music scene as a music
promoter and DJ.
Torres joined NAJP after serving as assistant to the
Dean of Students at Columbia University's School of General Studies.
She has also worked for the Director of Publishing at the Modern
Language Association. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Drama
and Theater Arts at Columbia University. She lives with her husband
in Brooklyn, where she also volunteers time working with underprivileged
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