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In 2014, at a moment when immigration was cresting a wave in the public consciousness, we launched Newest Americans. Cities and counties across New Jersey and the country were beginning to shift to minority majority status, DACA was altering the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people, and a backlash against immigrants would help fuel a presidential campaign. In this climate, project partners Talking Eyes Media, VII Photo, and the Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers-Newark birthed a project that honors the past, present and future of our migrating identities.

We are more than a website

What We Do

We are a multimedia collaboratory of journalists, media-makers, artists, faculty and students telling the stories that radiate from the most diverse university in the nation and the global city of Newark, NJ.

Newest Americans produces multimedia stories, gallery and museum exhibits, educational curriculum, interactive experiences and public history programming.

Got two minutes? Watch the video on the right for a taste of what we do.

We have a lot of co-conspirators

Our Contributors


Adam Abada

Nyier Abdou

Anthony Alvarez

Igor Alves

Yuri Alves

Wynne Bennett

Samantha Boardman

Vincent Bryant

Guillermo E. Brown

Marcia Brown

Ron Chaluisan

Marcy DePina

Karishma Desai

Amir El Saffar

Luc Forsyth

Ashley Gilbertson

Sara Grossman

Ron Haviv

Stephanie Khoury

Tom Laffay

Maria Lopez-Nuñez

Cynthia Mellon

Brian Mooney

Catalina Muñoz Rojas

Maciek Nabrdalik

Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis 

Maria Do Carmo Pereira

Maria Pisani

Dimitri Reyes

Ruddy Roye

Shana Russell

Juan Saldarriaga

Griselda San Martin

Fernando Sandoval

Hugo Dos Santos

Liz Sevcenko

Katie Singer

Gareth Smit

Erin Sweeney

Bruce Tantum

Orlando Velez

Paolo Vignolo

Reiley Wooten



Ayeasha Ali

Thayane Brêtas

Nakeefa Garay

Tolu Lanrewaju Kadri

Bernie Lombardi

Addie Mahmassani

Lauren O’Brien

Gülse Eraydin Ozkan

Marie-Jeanne Ndimbira-Rosner

Hourie Tafech


Adejola Adefowoju

Saad Admani 

Yeimy Gamez Castillo

Sandra Riano Fernandez

Antonia Holton-Raphael

Angelica Meija

Suliman Olantunji

Hamna Saleem

Dina Sayedahmed

Angus Seaver

Katherine Terreros


Zahra Ali

Francisco Artigas
Meadowlands and Environmental Research Institute

Jennifer Austin
Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Sahar Aziz
Rutgers Law School

Gaiutra Bahadur
Arts, Culture and Media

Fran Bartkowski
Express Newark

Anonda Bell
Paul Robeson Galleries

David Bergeland
Arts, Culture and Media

Victor Davson
Express Newark

Tim Eatman
Honors Living and Learning Community

Anne Englot
Express Newark

Marta Esquilin
Honors Living and Learning Community

Kyle Farmbry
Public Affairs and Administration

Gary Farney

Robin Fischer
Arts, Culture and Media

Chantal Fischzang
Arts, Culture and Media

Janice Gallagher
Political Science

William Garcia
Video Production

Joanne Gottesman
Rutgers Law School, Immigrant Justice Clinic

Mayte Green-Mercado

Kimberly DaCosta Holton
Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Nick Kline
Arts, Culture and Media

Mark Krasovic
History and American Studies

Jamie Lew
Global Urban Studies

Randi Mandelbaum
Child Advocacy Clinic – Rutgers Law School

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Charles Payne
Joseph T. Cornwall Institute for Metropolitan Studies

Keary Rosen
Arts, Culture and Media

Mara Sidney
Global Urban Studies

Rose Cuison-Villazor
Rutgers Law School

Adrienne Wheeler
Multi-media artist, arts educator – Paul Robeson Galleries

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Supporters & Partners

We partner with many local stakeholders on the work we do including civic, educational, legal and cultural institutions in and around Newark. Our work has been supported by Rutgers University-Newark and by the local and national funders listed below.



Ann F. & Lawrence A. Wiener Educational Foundation

Community Foundation of New Jersey

Dodge Foundation

Express Newark

FreePress Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Geographic Society

Newark Board of Education

Newark Trust for Education

New Jersey Council for Humanities

New Jersey Historical Commission

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Open Society Foundation

Rutgers-Newark Office of the Chancellor

Rutgers-Newark Office of the Dean

Rutgers Center for Global Partners and Sponsorsihp

The Atlantic

Working Films


AFSC Immigrant Rights Program



CoLab Arts

East Side High School

Express Newark

Friends of Riverfront Park


Humanities Action Lab

Institute of International Education

Ironbound Community Corporation

Joseph T. Cornwall Institute for Metropolitan Studies

Newark Makerhoods

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Newark Board of Education

Newark Museum

Newark Public Schools

Newark Riverfront Park

Newark Trust for Education

Schools that Can


St. Stephan’s Grace Community Church

University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants