The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives Faculty Group collaborates with the Center director and staff, offering advice, intellectual support, and participation in programming, as well as assistance with the development of a long-term vision for the Center. 


Martha Hodes holds degrees from Bowdoin College, Harvard University, and Princeton University. She came to NYU in 1994 and has since taught as a Visiting Professor at Princeton University and as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. She is the author of Mourning Lincoln (Yale University Press, 2015), The Sea Captain’s Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century (W. W. Norton, 2006), and White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South (Yale University Press, 1997). At NYU, Hodes teaches courses on race, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the nineteenth-century United States.


Thomas Augst is the Chair of the English department at NYU and teaches courses in American literature and culture. His writing focuses on literary history of the nineteenth-century, interpreting diverse forms of literacy and media in relation to questions about ethics and self-cultivation, the organization of knowledge, and the cultural politics of modern liberalism. He is the author of The Clerk’s Tale: Young Men and Moral Life in 19th Century America (Chicago, 2003), co-editor of Institutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States (UMass, 2007), and co-editor of Cultural Agencies and American Libraries (2001). He earned his doctorate from Harvard University, and has received research fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities.


Robert Cohen is a professor of history and social studies in NYU’s Steinhardt School and is an affiliated member of NYU’s History Department. His historical scholarship focuses on politics, higher education, and social protest in twentieth-century America. His social studies work links middle and high school teachers with the recent advances in historical scholarship, and develops curriculum aimed at teaching their students to explore history as a critical discipline and one that is characterized by intense and exciting debate.


Linda Gordon completed her Doctorate in Russian History at Yale. She is a University Professor of the Humanities and professor of history at NYU, teaching courses on gender, social movements, imperialism and the 20th-century US in general. Her first book, Woman's Body, Woman's Right: The History of Birth Control in America (Viking/Penguin, 1976), remains the definitive history of birth-control politics in the US. In 1988 she published Heroes of Their Own Lives: The History and Politics of Family Violence (Viking/Penguin, 1988), a historical study of how the US has dealt with family violence. Her history of welfare, Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare (Free Press, 1994), won the Berkshire Prize and the Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award. Her 1999 book, The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction, the story of a vigilante action against Mexican-Americans, won the Bancroft prize for best book in American history and the Beveridge prize for best book on the history of the Western Hemisphere. In 2006 Gordon published Impounded: Dorothea Lange and Japanese Americans in World War II.


Greg Grandin is the author of a number of prize-winning books, including most recently The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, which won the Bancroft Prize in American History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in the UK. NPR’s Maureen Corrigan on Fresh Air named The Empire of Necessity as the best book of 2014, both non-fiction and fiction. Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History, as well as for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Grandin’s other books include Kissinger's ShadowEmpire’s Workshop, The Last Colonial Massacre, The Blood of Guatemala and A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America’s Long Cold War, an anthology co-edited with Gil Joseph. A professor of history at NYU and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Grandin writes on American Exceptionalism, US foreign policy, Latin America, genocide, and human rights.


Scott Kellogg, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and an Addiction Psychologist who works as a psychotherapist and supervisor at the Schema Therapy Institute in New York City. Currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the New York University Department of Psychology, he was previously on the faculties of The Rockefeller University, the Yale University School of Medicine, and the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College/Columbia University. Dr. Kellogg received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1993. Dr. Kellogg is the President of the Division on Addictions of the New York State Psychological Association (2015, 2011, 2005, 2001), and a co-director of the Harm Reduction and Mental Health Project. His writings and presentations have addressed such topics as schema therapy, chairwork, addiction treatment, harm reduction, identity theory, trauma and violence, and contingency management.


Timothy Naftali is a Clinical Associate Professor of History and Public Service and co-director of NYU’s Center for the United States and the Cold War. A native of Montreal and a graduate of Yale with a doctorate in history from Harvard, Naftali writes on national security and intelligence policy, international history and presidential history. Naftali came to NYU Wagner after serving as the founding director of the federal Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, where he authored the Library's nationally acclaimed exhibit on Watergate and oversaw the release of 1.3 million pages of presidential documents and nearly 700 hours of the infamous Nixon tapes.


David Richards is the Edwin D. Webb Professor of Law at New York University school of law. He is a graduate of Harvard College (1966) and Harvard Law School (1971), and he completed his D. Phil in moral philosophy from Oxford University in 1970. A teacher of both constitutional law and criminal law at NYU School of Law, Professor Richards has brought his background in moral and political philosophy and his interests in history to bear on several major studies of constitutional interpretation in the United States, including Toleration and the Constitution (1986), Foundations of American Constitutionalism (1989), Conscience and the Constitution: History, Theory, and Law of the Reconstruction Amendments (1993), Women, Gays, and the Constitution: The Grounds for Feminism and Gay Rights in Culture and Law (1998), Free Speech and the Politics of Identity (1999), and Fundamentalism in American Religion and Law: Patriarchy as Threat to Democracy (2014).


Deborah Willis is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on Photography & Imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender.  Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation; contemporary women photographers and beauty. She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and an Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. Fellow. She has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and as one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture.