People

DEED is a collaborative effort between students and faculty of The New School, artisan groups in emerging economies, generous donors and foundations, external partners, and retailers. For people involved in each project, refer to our projects page.

Faculty

 – from Parsons School of Design and the Graduate Program in International Affairs co-founded and run our fieldwork programs since 2007. Additionally, they disseminate our work as guest lecturers, presenters at conferences, and in publications.

Artisans

 – have amazed, inspired, and worked with us in Guatemala, Colombia, and more places to come! Most of the craftspeople with whom we have worked are master weavers (using both backstrap and floor looms as well as handweaving techniques). We’ve also learned with artisan specialists in beading, basket weaving, and woodworking.

Partners

 – local organizations who connect us with the Artisans and sometimes help us get funding. They are key to the long-term sustainable success of our projects, as they diminish the dependency between the artisan groups and our lab.

Students

 – from all schools and disciplines are welcome. More than 50 New School students have participated in our fieldwork programs. Parsons and Schools for Public Engagement students have come from undergraduate programs in design & technology, fashion design, integrated design, product design, and strategic design and management; and from graduate programs in international affairs, non-profit management, organizational change & management, strategic design & management, and. Select students also participate as research fellows in the lab.

Interns

 – in both New York City and our various sites, young creative professionals keep the projects alive outside of the fieldwork time. They are key to the long-term sustainable success of our projects, as they diminish the dependency between the artisan groups and our lab.

Principal Faculty

Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo

Co-founder and Director

Associate Professor of Integrated Design, School of Design Strategies, Parsons School of Design, The New School

Affiliated Faculty & Researchers

Luciana Jabur

(Hand)Made to Market/Social Innovation Research for the Artisan Sector

Elizabeth Bailey

Former financial journalist

Student Researchers

Robert Burack

Research Fellow

MS Candidate, Strategic Design and Management, Parsons School of Design, The New School

Silvia Garuti

Research Assistant

MFA Graduate, Design and Technology, Parsons School of Design, The New School

External Partners

There are many people who have supported DEED since its inception
– as faculty and researchers, advisors, guest critics and lecturers, development officers, and more.

Fabiola Berdiel

Co-founder

International Field Program Director, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School

Pascale Gatzen

Co-founder

Head of the Fashion Design Master’s programme at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Netherlands

J. Erin Cho

Associate Professor, School of Design Strategies, Parsons

Mark Johnson

Assistant Professor of Practice in the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs

Colleen Macklin

Associate Professor, School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons

And former colleagues Janine Cibellis, Assistant Director of Development, The New School; Jay Dehejia, Part-time faculty, Design & Management program, Parsons; Alice Demirjian, formerly Director, Fashion Marketing, School of Fashion, Parsons; Charles Finlay, formerly Director of Foundation Relations, Office of Institutional Giving, The New School; Anu Malhotra, formerly Assistant Director of Development, The New School; Will Murray, formerly Assistant Director of Foundation Relations, Office of Institutional Giving, The New School; Scott Pobiner, formerly Assistant Professor, School of Design Strategies, Parsons; Edwin Torres, formerly Director, External Partnerships, Parsons; Tatiana Wah, formerly Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy.

Scott Pobiner

Formerly Assistant Professor, School of Design Strategies, Parsons

Edwin Torres

Formerly Director, External Partnerships, Parsons

Tatiana Wah

Formerly Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy

Past Student Researchers

2018 - 2019

Anny Chang

Web & Graphic Designer

MFA Graduate, Design and Technology, Parsons School of Design, The New School

Alik Mikaelian

Research Fellow

MFA Graduate, Transdisciplinaanry Design, Parsons School of Design, The New School

Javiera Paz Arenas

Illustration Design

MFA Graduate, Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons School of Design, The New School

Leila Lin

Video editing & Design

MA Candidate, Anthropology, New School for Social Research, The New School

2014 - 2015

Nicole Bohrer

Research Fellow

MA Graduate, Economics, New School for Social Research, The New School

Daphna Lewinshtein

Research Fellow

MA Graduate, Nonprofit Management, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School

Madhav Tankha

Web & Graphic Design

MFA Graduate, Design and Technology, Parsons School of Design, The New School

2011 - 2012

María José Sáenz Penagos

Design Intern

Guatemala City-based industrial designer

2010

Grace Salem

MFA Graduate, Design and Technology, Parsons School of Design, The New School