Sara Jane Stoner

Writing Associate

Sara Jane Stoner (BA in English cum laude, Smith College, MFA in Fiction, Indiana University, PhD in English and Critical Theory, City University of New York, Graduate Center (in progress)) is a writer and performer, as well as a teacher at Brooklyn College. Her background includes work in theater, music performance, editing, and publishing. Her scholarly work focuses on 20th century transgeneric and intermedia texts. Currently she is working on a book of ekphrastic fictions based on the writings and paintings of Piet Mondrian, and an autocritical novella on the pleasures of objecthood, detail, and myopia.

  • 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.