Recent Reviewers of the Dimensional Application
Our alumni and faculty reviewers represent Bennington’s vibrant network of innovators.
Benjamin Anastas is the author of the novels An Underachiever's Diary and The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor's Disappearance, which was a New York Times notable book. His memoir Too Good to Be True was published in October of 2012. Other work has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, Bookforum, The Yale Review, and The Best American Essays 2012. He teaches undergraduate literature at Bennington College and is also on the core faculty of Bennington’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.
Deborah Borda ’71 is president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Under her leadership, the LA Phil has grown to maintain the largest budget of any symphonic organization in the United States and has become internationally recognized for its commitment to innovation. She oversaw the opening of the Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, spearheaded the appointment of Gustavo Dudamel as music director, and established the nationally renowned YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) program. Prior to that, she served as executive director of the New York Philharmonic, the first woman in recent history to manage a major American symphony orchestra. She led the planning for the orchestra’s 150th anniversary celebration, instituted live national radio broadcasts, and was one of the pioneers in establishing its own successful record label.
Barrie Cassileth ’59 is founder and chief of the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where she holds the Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair in Integrative Medicine. She is the author of numerous books on complementary therapies in cancer treatment. She earned a master’s degree in psychology from Albert Einstein University and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Andrew Cencini has been a member of the development teams for Bing, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Exchange hosted services. He has consulted with and developed software for Rackable Systems (now SGI), ZT Systems, Verdiem, and most recently, cloud computing startup Nebula. Cencini has filed several patent applications related to his work, written and delivered numerous technical articles and presentations, and released NChord, an open-source C# implementation of MIT’s Chord distributed hash table. Cencini is a co-founder and board member of Technology for Public Good (t4pg), which provides technology assistance to non-profit organizations. He is a computing faculty member at Bennington College.
Noah Coburn is a socio-cultural anthropologist focusing on political structures and violence in the Middle East and Central Asia. In 2014 he served on a team of researchers monitoring the Afghan presidential election. He has published two books, Bazaar Politics: Power and Pottery in an Afghan Market Town, which explains how various lineages of potters and other craftspeople in town worked together to maintain peace even while the insurgency grew rapidly in neighboring districts; and a book with Anna Larson, Derailing Democracy in Afghanistan: Elections in an Unstable Political Landscape, which looks at how elections actually undermined democratic values in the country after the initial U.S. invasion. Coburn has been a member of the Bennington College faculty since 2012.
Liz Deschenes is an artist and curator dedicated to expanding the dialogue around the medium of photography and its relationship to other artistic practices. Her work has been included in the Whitney Biennial and a two-person exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. She recently completed a new body of work for a solo exhibition at the Walker Art Center. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the University of Manchester, England, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center, the Hirschhorn, and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She was a recent recipient of an Anonymous was a Woman award, the Rappaport Prize, and has been a recipient of an Aaron Siskind Foundation grant. Her work has been published in both Rethinking Photography and Concrete Photography. Deschenes has been a member of the Bennington College faculty since 2006.
Judith DiMaio ’72 is an architect and the dean of the school of architecture at New York Institute of Technology. In 2013 she was elected to the College of Fellows of the the American Institute of Architects. She has won the Rome Prize in Architecture and was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship. In 2014 she was an invited juror for the Municipal Arts Society’s MASterworks Design Awards Program, which honors the major players behind the year’s top building projects in New York City. DiMaio’s work addresses interdisciplinary collaboration in building design, technology, and history. She holds a master of architecture degree from Harvard University, a bachelor of architecture degree from Cornell University, and a bachelor of arts degree from Bennington College.
Anna Gaskell’s ’92 photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world including: Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Castello di Rivoli, Italy; Burden Gallery, New York; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; Art Unlimited, Basel; Brooklyn Museum. After Bennington, she studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a master’s degree from Yale University.
Susie Ibarra is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist, and humanitarian. Ibarra is a Yamaha, Vic Firth, and Paiste drum artist and has recorded more than 40 recordings as a leader, collaborator, and soloist, including the works Wadada Leo Smith’s Ten Freedom Summers, John Zorn’s Cobra, Pauline Oliveros’ Dreaming Wide Awake, Dave Douglas and Trisha Brown’s El Trilogy. She was a 2010 TEDFellow, Asia 21 Delegate (2010), and recipient of a 2008 Asian Cultural Council/Rockefeller Fellowship that has supported her work in Philippine indigenous music and ecology and public service projects. In 2009 Ibarra co-founded Song of the Bird King to foster multi-media art and humanitarian and environmental work that contributes to preservation and innovation with indigenous communities and children’s education. Ibarra has been a member of the Bennington College faculty since 2012.
Tracy Katsky Boomer ’91 has served as executive producer for Deedle Dee Productions, senior vice president of development and original programming for Nickelodeon, senior vice president of development for HBO Independent Productions, and senior vice president of comedy for Fox Broadcasting. She studied drama at Bennington.
Jess Kutch ’03 is a digital strategist and co-founder of Coworker.org, an online platform for workers' rights. Previously, she served as organizing director at Change.org, where she helped inspire thousands of people to launch and lead their own campaigns. She is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow and a former Senior Fellow for the New Organizing Institute, where she regularly trains and coaches the next generation of digital strategists and changemakers.
Jonathan Lethem ’86 is the author of seven novels, including Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which was named Novel of the Year by Esquire and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Salon Book Award, as well as the Macallan Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger. He has also written two short story collections, a novella, and a collection of essays; edited The Vintage Book of Amnesia; guest-edited The Year's Best Music Writing 2002; and was the founding fiction editor of Fence magazine. His writings have appeared in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, McSweeney's, and many others. Lethem is the Roy Edward Disney Professor in Creative Writing at Pomona College. He is one of four Bennington alumni who have won the MacArthur Genius Prize.
Amie McClellan is a cell biologist known for her work on molecular chaperones. She uses the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model system to explore questions of cellular protein folding and degradation. She was recently awarded an R15 AREA grant from the National Institutes of Health for her work on Hsp90. Her numerous first-author research and review articles have appeared in the scientific journals Cell, Nature Cell Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology of the Cell, among others. She is currently a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Cell Biology. McClellan joined the Bennington College faculty in 2006.
Amar Sahay ’97 is assistant professor at the Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is also principal faculty of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute of Harvard University. Through his research, he hopes to develop new therapeutic strategies for treating cognitive and mood impairments seen in psychiatric disorders such as depression, post-traumatic disorder, and during normal aging. He earned his doctorate in neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.