Project Directors

Daniel Levinson-Wilk, Ph.D., Professor of American History provides academic leadership, create the content, supervise experiential learning through students’ engagement with oral history.

Kyunghee Pyun, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History of Art with extensive experience with grants and fellowships, serves as a facilitator of programs, creates the content, and manages all aspects of the grant.


The following faculty members have agreed to participate in faculty seminars on regular basis:

Ron Amato, Professor of Photography

Greta Earnest, Associate Professor and Associate Library Director, Gladys Marcus Library

Vincent Quan, Associate Professor of Fashion Business Management

Eileen Karp, Professor/Chair of Fashion Design

Yuniya Kawamura, Professor of Sociology

Su Ku, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design

Karen Trivette, Associate Professor and Head of Special Collections and College Archives, Gladys Marcus Library


The following faculty, staff, and administrators  have given advice, provided letters of support, or shared curricular resources.

Nanja Andriananjason, Technologist, Visual Resources, Department of History of Art

Joseph Anderson, Assistant Professor and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Gladys Marcus Library and Goodman Resource Center

Ellen Goldstein-Lynch, Professor of Accessories Design

Carmita Sanchez-Fong, Professor and Chair of Interior Design

Larry Menna, Professor of History and Politics, Farmingdale State University, SUNY; Adjunct Professor of American History, Fashion Institute of Technology

Molly Schoen, Visual Resources Curator, Department of History of Art

Andrew Weinstein, Professor of History of Art

Amy Werbel, Professor of History of Art


The team thanks three consultants who are prominent scholars in the fields of design, labor, and business history respectively for providing guidance and support for over three years from 2017 to 2021.

David Brody is Associate Professor of Design Studies at Parsons School of Design. A specialist in material culture, visual culture, and design studies, Dr. Brody has written acclaimed books on a number of topics, including Housekeeping by Design: Hotels and Labor.

Joshua Freeman, Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College, is a specialist of U.S. labor history and politics and author of, In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966 and Working Class New York.

Kimberly Phillips-Fein is Associate Professor of History at New York University and a historian of twentieth-century American business and politics.

Carol Quirke is Professor of American Studies at SUNY Old Westbury and author of Eyes on Labor: News Photography and America’s Working Class and Dorothea Lange, Documentary Photography, and the Twentieth Century: Reinventing Self and Nation