Not on the Lesson Plan: Fall Faculty Fun Facts

Of course, their primary passion is teaching our bright and eager NYU MS in Publishing: Digital and Print Media students. But that’s not to say that the new members of our graduate faculty this fall don’t have some intriguing interests which they  pursue outside the classroom and outside their jobs as major publishing leaders.  A super nose for wine? Gigs acting and playwriting? How about a previous life naming colors for J. Crew? You name it, we’ve got it in the classroom this fall. Read on to learn some fun facts about your professors.

Meghan DeansMeghan Deans (Advanced Social Media Marketing Practices) is the Marketing Director at Ecco at HarperCollins Publishers. At Ecco, Meghan works with authors to create comprehensive marketing campaigns, develops author branding efforts, and manages Ecco’s social media channels. Previously she was the Director of Social Media of Little, Brown and Company at Hachette, overseeing all of Little, Brown’s social promotions. Meghan also held several marketing positions at Vintage and Anchor Books (Penguin Random House). She is a graduate of Eugene Lang College at the New School University.
Meghan is a playwright and devoted theatergoer who recommends shows to strangers via a small but mighty e-newsletter (

Shanta InshiqaqShanta Inshiqaq (The Global Marketplace: Challenges and Opportunities) is Director of Sales & Marketing for Latin America & Asia and Director of Global Operations for Baker and Taylor’s newly-launched Global Publishers Services, having until recently been International Sales Director at Rizzoli International Publications. Prior to joining Rizzoli, she was Director, Field and International Sales for Bloomsbury Publishers; held positions at Penguin Group (U.S.), Inc. and Time Warner Trade Publishing; and ran international sales consultancy Inshiqaq Global, LLC. She earned her degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York.
Shanta has an affinity for wines and can identify any red varietal with one educated sniff.

Gabriel LevinsonGabriel Levinson (Editorial Fundamentals) is Managing Editor for ABRAMS Books, where he manages an annual list of 200+ titles, including art books and illustrated books, cookbooks, and craft books and works closely with editorial, design, and manufacturing production departments to guide books through the entire publishing process; he is also Publisher and Founding Editor of the critically-acclaimed independent press ANTIBOOKCLUB Chicago and was Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the satirical magazine The Kumar; he has held positions at MAKE: A Literary Magazine and Is Greater Than. He received his degree from Columbia College.
Gabriel is featured in the film adaptation of A. E. Hotchner’s memoir King of the Hill, directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Sally MarvinSally Marvin (Public Relations and Corporate Communications) is Senior Vice President and Director of Publicity for the Random House, Spiegel & Grau, The Dial Press, Modern Library, and Random House Trade Paperback imprints at Penguin Random House. There, she leads and mentors a Publicity Department staff of ten; leads plan development for seasonal lists; is responsible for assigning all titles to publicity staff; and writes and sends acquisition announcements to media on a title-by-title basis. Over the course of her 26-year career at Random House, she has worked with legendary and house authors such as Maya Angelou, Tracy Kidder, Elizabeth Strout, Ethan Canin, Sara Gruen, Anna Quindlen and Charles Duhigg. She implemented the publicity campaigns for Seabiscuit and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, two of the most widely read nonfiction titles of our time. In 2016, Sally launched Paul Kalanithi’s #1 New York Times bestseller, When Breath Becomes Air. She received her degree from Trinity College.
Sally is obsessed with Friday Night Lights, both the movie and the TV show – #texasforever! (And no, she’s not from Texas.)

24c6b20.jpgMaggie Murphy (Introduction to Magazine Media) is Editorial Content Strategist for the Menlo Park-based magazine platform, where she is the first-ever Editor-in-Chief, strategizing and managing daily curation of over 200 magazine brands (including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire, People, Vogue, etc.). She has held editorial positions with Some Spider, Parade Media, People, Life, InStyle, and Entertainment Weekly. Maggie earned her degree from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter School of Journalism.
Maggie, as a copywriter, used to name colors for the J. Crew catalogue, substituting “rose,” “blood,” or “brick” for red. Her favorite moment was renaming beige “Athens”!

Rebecca SanhuezaRebecca Sanhueza (Publishing and Internet Law) is Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel at IMG Worldwide, LLC, where she oversees legal and business affairs for IMG’s original content, entertainment, live events (including the Miss Universe Organization), digital, sales and consulting businesses worldwide; manages a global team of 25+ lawyers located in the US and around the world; and works with executive leadership to set the company’s legal strategy to align with business objectives with an emphasis on ensuring comprehensive legal best practices across a diverse group of businesses and territories. Prior to joining IMG, she was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Time Inc. where she handled legal and business affairs for all Time Inc. brand divisions including PEOPLE, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, and TIME. Previously, she was Associate General Counsel for Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing, and a litigation associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School.
Rebecca is an avid movie-goer who, much to the chagrin of her teenage daughter, cries at every film she sees.

Lauran SchockerLaura Schocker (Web Editing and Writing) is Executive Editor for Real Simple at Time Inc., where she oversees daily editorial operations for She top edits all original content for the site, with topics including home, food, beauty, fashion, health, and lifestyle news, boosting daily content velocity more than 500%. Prior to joining Real Simple, she was the Healthy Living Executive Editor at the Huffington Post. Her experience also includes editorial positions at Prevention and The Knot, Inc. She received her M.S. in Journalism from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Laura is a Gilmore Girls fanatic who once ranked number one in New York State for Gilmore Girls in the QuizUp trivia app.

Kathy TragerKatherine Trager (Publishing and Internet Law) recently retired as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Penguin Random House, where she was responsible for all legal matters concerning Random House and its worldwide divisions. Prior to this, she served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Random House for over 12 years. Her extensive legal background includes positions as Vice President and Publishing Counsel for Macmillan and as Special Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division, in the United States Attorney’s Office, SDNY. She holds a J.D. from New York University Law School and an M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Katherine decided to do something different after practicing law for 20 years, obtaining her Master’s as a reading specialist at Columbia and teaching as a resource room teacher in Harlem, before being asked to return to Random House as general counsel. The two years she was involved in literacy education made her appreciate even more the power of books in our lives.

Craig YoungCraig Young (Book Marketing and Branding) is Vice President, Deputy Publisher for Little, Brown and Company at Hachette Book Group USA, where he oversees all marketing and publicity for Little, Brown and Company. He develops marketing and publicity campaigns for 140+ titles a year, for such authors as Malcolm Gladwell, David Sedaris, Michael Connelly, and James Patterson; he is responsible for managing all budgets and is a key role player in acquisition decisions. He has also held positions at Ecco and in the sales department at Hachette, as well as in sales at HarperCollins Publishers. Craig received his degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Craig is the father of two cats named Johnny Cash and Joey Ramone; also, he has run 7 marathons (so far)!


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