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  • Meet Our Graduate Team

  • Our staff of graduate admission counselors are here to answer questions about your application and share stories about what it's like to study at The New School and our colleges.

  • Internships

    Jessica Augier

    Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

    Jessica Augier

    Jessica Augier

    Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

    Contact: augierj@newschool.edu
    Degrees Earned:
    MFA Painting/Printmaking, New York Academy of Art; BFA Studio Art, East Tennessee State University 
    When Not at Work:
    Make art, hike, bike, swim, whitewater kayak, ski, scuba dive, jump out of planes, run obstacle course races, and ride all of the roller-coasters. 
    My Favorite Spot in New York City:
    Coney Island (because roller-coasters)

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    Alex Bennett

    Interim Parsons Graduate Admissions Officer

    Alex Bennett

    Alex Bennett

    Interim Parsons Graduate Admissions Officer

    Contact: alex.bennett@newschool.edu
    Degrees Earned:
    MFA, The New School (Creative Writing); MA, The New School (Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism); BA, University of Missouri-Kansas City (Secondary Education and English)
    Degrees Earned:
    I explore my neighborhood, either on foot or on my bike.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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    Leah Braithwaite

    Graduate Admission Counselor

    Leah Braithwaite

    Leah Braithwaite

    Graduate Admission Counselor

    Contact: leahb@newschool.edu
    Degrees Earned:
    MFA Candidate in Creative Writing, Creative Writing Program, Schools of Public Engagement, The New School; BA English and World Literatures, Marymount Manhattan College 
    When Not at Work:
     Read and share music and TV recommendations with friends.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City:
     The Brooklyn Museum

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    Sam Byron

    Assistant Director of Admission, College of Performing Arts

    Sam Byron

    Sam Byron

    Assistant Director of Admission, College of Performing Arts

    Contact: byrons@newschool.edu
    Degrees Earned:
    MFA Playwriting, School of Drama, College of Performing Arts, The New School; BA Writing and BA Drama, Ithaca College 
    When Not at Work:
    I take time for creativity and spend time outside if I can - oh, and binge-watch The West Wing.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City:
     Pizza Loves Emily in Brooklyn. It's what pure happiness would be if it suddenly manifested as a hipster pizza restaurant that also served wings and the best freakin' cheeseburger in New York City.

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    Mike Fakih

    Senior Director of Enrollment and Admissions, Parsons Paris

    Mike Fakih

    Mike Fakih

    Senior Director of Enrollment and Admissions, Parsons Paris

    Contact: fakihm@newschool.edu
    Degrees Earned:
    MFA Painting/Printmaking, New York Academy of Art; BFA Studio Art, East Tennessee State University
    When Not at Work:
    Meet my friends, exercise, eat, visit museums and/or exhibitions. At times, I love just sitting on my couch!
    My Favorite Spot in New York City:
     When I am in NYC, I like hanging out at The New School, actually, and around Union Square and Greenwich Village. In Paris, where I am based, I have countless favorite spots, especially around the central districts in the second and tenth districts of the city.

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    Merida Escandon Gasbarro

    Director of Graduate Admission

    Merida Gasbarro

    Merida Escandon Gasbarro

    Director of Graduate Admission

    Contact: escandom@newschool.edu
    Degrees Earned:
    MS Health Policy Analysis, Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, Schools of Public Engagement, The New School; BA English Language Arts, Hunter College CUNY; BS Clinical Laboratory Science, Pace University 
    When Not at Work:
    Explore neighborhoods, stroll in one of the many parks in my home borough of Queens and the rest of NYC, and cook.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City:
     The shoreline sight of the East River's strong whirling currents along with the views of Hell Gate and RFK Bridges, Randall's Island, and the Manhattan skyline from Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park (it's a must-see in every season).

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    Jonathan Herbert

    Associate Director of Admission, College of Performing Arts

    Jonathan Herbert

    Jonathan Herbert

    Associate Director of Admission, College of Performing Arts

    Contact: herbertj@newschool.edu
    Degrees Earned:
    Post-Master's Certificate in Organization Development and MS Nonprofit Management, Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, Schools of Public Engagement, The New School; Performer's Certificate in Euphonium Performance and BM Music Education, Eastman School of Music 
    When Not at Work:
    I make and listen to a wide range of music, swim, and enjoy the outdoors.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City:
     The Rockaways

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    Gabriela Garcia Juarez

    Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

    Gabriela Garcia Juarez

    Gabriela Garcia Juarez

    Title: Assistant Director of Graduate Admission
    Contact: garciajg@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: MA International Relations, University of Miami; MS Business Enterprise, Fordham University; BA Government and Politics, St. John's University
    When Not at Work:  Spend time with my family, learn new recipes, and go hiking
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: Central Park

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    Karl Ramos

    Senior Associate Director of Graduate Admission

    Karl Ramos

    Karl Ramos

    Title: Senior Associate Director of Graduate Admission
    Contact: ramosk@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: MA Media Studies, School of Media Studies, Schools of Public Engagement, The New School; BA English and BA Media Studies, Hunter College
    When Not at Work:  Spin, box, rave, meditate, write, travel, create amazing memories, and give back
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: My apartment and Union Square

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    Amie Schaefer

    Interim Parsons Graduate Admissions Officer

    Amie Schaefer

    Amie Schaefer

    Title: Interim Parsons Graduate Admissions Officer
    Contact: schaefak@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: BA, University of Kansas (Humanities); MA, New York University (International Education)
    When Not at Work:  I travel, cook, eat, experience live music, play with my puppy, go for runs, ride my bike, and spend time outdoors hiking, camping, and fishing.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: Fort Tryon Park

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    Simone Varadian

    Senior Director of Graduate Admission

    Simone Varadian

    Simone Varadian

    Title: Senior Director of Graduate Admission
    Contact: varadias@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: MSEd Higher Education Administration, Baruch College, CUNY; BA Women’s Studies, Purchase College, SUNY
    When Not at Work:  Attend live music events — all genres, large and small, in and outside of the city
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: The Town Hall. It's a historic and intimate music venue where I've attended some incredible events. A notable favorite was a transcendent unplugged Brandi Carlile concert.

  • Contact Us

    Office of Admission
    72 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10011
    admission@newschool.edu

    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040

  • Take The Next Step


Submit your application

Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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