Stephanie Makowski

Adjunct Instructor

Stephanie Makowskis is a PhD candidate in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research uses interracial relationships in Britain from 1919 to the postwar Windrush era to explore how gender, race, and sexuality shaped national and cultural identities, sparked battles over public space, and determined the shifting boundaries between tolerance and exclusion. She holds an MA in War, Media, and Society from the University of Kent in Canterbury and has taught courses on global history and the history of gender and sexuality at Brooklyn College, Manhattan College, and The Cooper Union.

Publications: "For the Duration Only: Interracial Relationships in WWII Britain," Journal of the History of Sexuality, May 2020.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.