Nancy Hechinger


A woman smiling with her arms crossed

Nancy Hechinger is on the full-time faculty at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program. She has a diverse background in technology and education—including multimedia and film production, the development of interactive museum exhibits, and publishing—and in the strategic uses of information and telecommunication technologies, focusing particularly on how technology might make science more accessible, and also promoting the teaching and learning of essential twenty-first-century skills. She was the founding Director of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York; a founding partner and the Director of Technology for the Edison Project; on the Senior Design Team of Apple’s Multimedia Lab (1988-1990); and had her own interactive media production company, Hands-on Media. She received her B.A. in 1969 from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MFA in Writing (Poetry) in 2009. Her book Letter to Leonard Cohen was published in 2011 by Finishing Line Press, and her poems have appeared in many journals, including The Red Wheelbarrow, Salamander, Gargoyle, The MacGuffin, Wisconsin Review, Sanskrit, and River Sedge.

Courses Taught:

Applications of Interactive Technology
Thesis Seminar 
Conversation of the Self
Cabinets of Wonder
Show and Tell Studio
Design Expo
Poetry for Programmers
Writing and Reading Poetry in the Digital Age
Embodying the Other: Human Beings, Speech, Gesture (w/ Anna Deavere Smith)