The New School for Social Research

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The New School for Social Research
Established1919; 105 years ago (1919)
Parent institution
The New School
DeanAlex Aleinikoff[1]
Academic staff
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  • Parsons Red[4]
MascotGnarls the Narwhal[5]

The New School for Social Research (NSSR), previously known as The University in Exile and The New School University, is a graduate-level educational institution that is one of the divisions of The New School in New York City, United States. The university was founded in 1919 as a home for progressive era thinkers.[citation needed] NSSR explores and promotes what they describe as global peace and global justice. It enrolls more than 1,000 students from all regions of the United States and from more than 70 countries.


The New School for Social Research was founded in 1919 by, among others, Charles Beard, John Dewey, James Harvey Robinson, and Thorstein Veblen.[6] In 1933, what became known as the University in Exile, had become a haven for scholars who had been dismissed from teaching positions by the Italian fascists under Benito Mussolini or had to flee Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. The University in Exile was initially founded by the director of the New School, Alvin Saunders Johnson, through the financial contributions of Hiram Halle and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The University in Exile and its subsequent incarnations have been the intellectual heart of the New School. Notable scholars associated with the University in Exile include psychologists Erich Fromm and Max Wertheimer, political philosophers Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss, social psychologist Everett Dean Martin, philosophers Aron Gurwitsch, Hans Jonas, and Reiner Schürmann, sociologists Alfred Schutz, Peter L. Berger, and Arthur Vidich, economists Adolph Lowe and Robert Heilbroner, and historians Charles Tilly and Louise Tilly.

Following the collapse of totalitarian regimes in Europe, the University in Exile was renamed the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science. In 1964, John R. Everett became the President of the New School for Social Research, which position he held until he retired in 1982.[7][8][9][10] Harry Gideonse was Chancellor of the New School for Social Research from 1966 until 1975, when he retired.

In 1997, the school was renamed New School University. It was renamed the "New School for Social Research" in 2005, returning to the original name of the university. Its various colleges were regrouped under various names such as College of Performing Arts (taking on the existing music, jazz, and drama schools), Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Parsons School of Design and The New School for Public Engagement (taking on Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, plus media studies, language studies and other programs). The university also continued with a separate new institution The New School for Social Research under the general banner of The New School.


  1. ^ "Message From the Dean".
  2. ^ "NSSR Faculty".
  3. ^ "Enrollment Data". The New School. September 19, 2022.
  4. ^ The New School Brand Guidelines [bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ "Where is Gnarls the Narwhal | Student Leadership".
  6. ^ "History". The New School. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "Lithopinion". Local One, Amalgamated Lithographers of America. April 4, 1972 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Friedlander, Judith (2019). A Light in Dark Times: The New School for Social Research and Its University in Exile. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231542579 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ Summerfield, Carol J.; Devine, Mary Elizabeth; Levi, Anthony (1998). International Dictionary of University Histories. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781884964237 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "Everett, John R. (1918–1992)".