Sohnya Sayres

Associate Professor

Sohnya Sayres is Associate Professor of Humanities at the Cooper Union. She writes and lectures on contemporary cultural issues, ecology, technology, and the environment. She also writes fiction and poetry. She is a founding editor of the journal Social Text. Her books include Susan Sontag: the Elegiac Modernist and, as co-editor, the anthology The 60's Without Apologies. One of her present projects includes a study of the cultural history of the 1970s.

  • 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.