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Program Faculty

Program Coordinator

  • Steven Dubin
    sd2188@columbia.edu
    Office Location: 421A Thompson
    Office Hours: By Appointment

    Steven Dubin received his Ph.D. in sociology at University of Chicago; in addition, he did postdoctoral work at both University of Chicago and Yale University. Prior to coming to Teachers College, he was a faculty member at Purchase College – State University of New York for 19 years, where he directed the Media, Society and the Arts Program. Dr. Dubin also offered a course in the Columbia Summer Session from 1985 to 2005. In addition to being Professor of Arts Administration at TC, he is a Research Scholar at the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University.

    Dr. Dubin is the author of Bureaucratizing the Muse: Public Funds and the Cultural Worker (1987); Arresting Images: Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions (1992 and paperback, 1994); cited as a Notable Book of the Year by New York Times, and by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights); Displays of Power: Memory and Amnesia in the American Museum (1999 and paperback, 2000); Transforming Museums: Mounting Queen Victoria in a Democratic South Africa (2006); and the forthcoming Past Imperfect/Future Conditional: South African Culture Wars in a Globalized Perspective.

    He has won many awards, including the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Abroad Research Fellowship to South Africa, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust Visiting Professorship at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and residencies at The Bellagio Study & Conference Center, The Ragdale Foundation and The Ucross Foundation.

    Dr. Dubin has written and lectured widely on public funding to the arts, censorship, transgressive and controversial art, museums, popular culture and southern African politics and culture. His numerous articles and reviews have appeared in social science journals as well as more popular media. In recent years, he has been a regular contributor to Art in America. He is frequently sought for commentary by journalists, and Arresting Images was referenced in a 1992 court decision involving the police seizure of a painting in Chicago. In addition, Dr. Dubin has become a free speech activist, breaking the story of corporate censorship at Mattel, Inc. in regards to Art, Design, and Barbie: The Evolution of a Cultural Icon, a 1995 museum exhibition which he helped curate. His article, "How I Got Screwed by Barbie" generated news coverage nationwide.

    He has been traveling throughout southern Africa since 2000, including South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland. 

Associate Professor of Arts Administration

  • Jennifer Lena
    jcl42@columbia.edu
    Office Location: 413 Zankel
    Office Hours: By Appointment

    Jennifer C. Lena is Associate Professor of Arts Administration at Teacher’s College and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Sociology, Columbia University. She also holds an appointment as Research Scholar for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) at Indiana University. She is a past fellow of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University, and the Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, and held faculty positions at Vanderbilt University and Barnard College. Lena has also worked as a Visiting Professor at advertising agency DDB Worldwide, and consults for major national and international non- and for-profit arts organizations.

    Her research focuses on understanding processes of classification, particularly the organizational and institutional conditions for the creation, modification, or elimination of cultural categories. Recently, she has started to publish on related issues within the study of artistic identity, careers, and non-profit arts management.

    In 2012, Princeton University Press published her first book-length project, Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music, which presents a sociological examination of musical genres, conceptualizing them not as collections of similar sounds, but as communities of shared practices. The book was named one of Choice Reviews Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012, and was reviewed in theAmerican Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, Times Higher Education, and discussed at the Daily Beast, the Freakonomics Blog, and on WNYC’s Soundcheck.

    Her research on music has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Poetics, andAmerican Behavioral Scientist; and has been reprinted in texts dedicated to highlighting excellence in social science methods, hip-hop scholarship, and the sociology of culture.

    Dr. Lena joined the staff of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) as a Research Scholar in 2007, the largest survey of arts graduates in the world. She has helped to generate over $4.2 million in grants since 1999, including the recent acquisition of a $25,000 grant from the Booth-Ferris Foundation to study the closure of famed New York gallery Exit Art.

    Lena is reputed to be the only sociologist ever to commission a Grammy-nominated album: Hilos (composer: Gabriela Frank; performed by ALIAS Chamber Ensemble; released in 2010 by Naxos Records).

    She received her B.A. in English and Sociology/Anthropology at Colgate University, and an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University. Dr. Lena authors a blog (whatisthewhat.wordpress.com) that will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2013, and contributes to several others (OrgTheory, Culture Digitally, the Princeton University Press blog) on occasion. She can be found on Twitter at @WITWhat.

Program Manager


Adjuncts

  • I. Fred Koenigsberg
    ifk2101@columbia.edu
    Office Location: 413 Zankel
    Office Hours: By Appointment

    I. Fred Koenigsberg has spent his career as an attorney specializing in copyright and related intellectual property law.  A graduate of Cornell University (B.A.), the Annenberg School of Communications of the University of Pennsylvania (M.A.) and Columbia Law School (J.D.), Koenigsberg spent the first 18 years of his career as in-house counsel for the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP).  He then went into private practice as a partner in White & Case, LLP, from which he retired at the end of 2011.  While at White & Case, he represented clients in various disciplines of the arts, including music, literature, fine arts, and motion pictures.  While a partner, he also served as ASCAP’s General Counsel, and most recently (and continuing after his retirement) as Counsel to ASCAP’s Board of Directors.

    Koenigsberg also served as President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (the first copyright lawyer to serve in that position), and as Chairman of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law.  He was a private sector representative on the United States delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization diplomatic conference that led to the WIPO Copyright and Performances and Phonograms Treaties, as well as State Department’s Ad Hoc Committee on Adherence to the Berne Convention and the Library of Congress’ Advisory Commission on Copyright Registration and Deposit.

    Koenigsberg has taught as an adjunct professor at Pace Law School (Copyright Law, 1979-1988), Columbia Law School (currently teaching the Seminar on Law & the Music Industry), and Columbia’s Teachers College program in Arts Administration (currently teaching Law & the Arts I).

  • Tahra Millan
    Office Location: 413 Zankel
    Office Hours: By Appointment

Tahra Millan is a marketing consultant and guest presenter for arts & entertainment and serves as Associate Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School.  Formerly, the Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing for the corporate offices of Blue Man Group, a global entertainment organization, Tahra developed Blue Man Group’s digital marketing and communications arm supporting Blue Man’s theatrical productions in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Orlando at Universal Orlando, Las Vegas, Tokyo and Berlin. Prior to Blue Man Group, she served as Director of Development and Marketing at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  Working for a not-for-profit cultural arts organization, she oversaw federal, foundation, corporate and individual fundraising and managed strategic communications and marketing efforts.  Professor Millan began her career working for the Broadway industry.  At the Broadway League, the national trade association for the commercial theatre industry, she spearheaded the industry’s first economic recovery campaign stemming from the events of September 11, 2001 and established the industry’s first multilingual website.  She has worked on numerous major industry events including the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards and Kids’ Night on Broadway.  Tahra also worked for an Omnicom-owned entertainment advertising agency, Serino Coyne, where she continued her work in developing industry-wide sales promotions. She earned her B.F.A. in Drama from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and an M.A. from the Program in Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University.  While at Teachers College, she served as the Enid Morse Fellow. Tahra Millan teaches Marketing Arts, Culture and Entertainment. 


  • Martin Vinik
    mpv5@columbia.edu
    Office Location: 413 Zankel
    Office Hours: By Appointment

    Martin Vinik received a B.A. in theatre from Tufts University and an M.F.A. from the Program in Arts Administration at Columbia University.   He began his career as an an actor, director, designer and musician, he worked professionally in London and New York and founded nonprofit theatre companies in Chicago and Boston, including We Tickle the Earth’s Belly Ltd., the first resident theatre company of the Boston Center for the Arts.  He began working as a planning consultant in the arts in the late 1970s.  Early clients included New York City's Theatre Development Fund and Jerzy Grotowski's Objective Drama Program at the University of California, Irvine.   He joined the consulting firm Roger Morgan Studio in 1982, where as Director of Planning Services, he specialized in long-range planning related to capital projects in the arts. He began in 2001 to devote his full efforts to his own consulting firm, Martin Vinik Planning for the Arts LLC, which provides planning, design and management consulting services to the non-profit and commercial arts communities.

    He is the author of architectural, financial, economic impact, and long-range planning studies for hundreds of major projects for clients such as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Ontario Ministry of Culture, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.   He is an authority on arts and cultural district planning and has been involved in the development of some of the most successful arts district projects in the U.S., including the 42nd Street Redevelopment Project in New York City, Pittsburgh’s Downtown Cultural District, Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, and the Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis. He advised the Hong Kong government on the proposed West Kowloon Cultural District in 2007 and has worked on plans for half a dozen cultural district projects in Asia since then.

    He divides his time equally between desk and drafting board.  Recently completed projects include the Modern Theatre in Boston’s downtown theatre district and the renovation and expansion of the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore. Current projects include advising the City of St. Catharines, Ontario, a Canadian Cultural Capital City for 2012, on the planning for its new $60M downtown arts center, and development of plans for a new six-venue performing arts center for Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.  Martin Vinik teaches Principles and Practices in Arts Administration: Performing Arts and Business Policy and Planning.