North Star NYC

Jonathan Michael Square, PhD

Parsons Faculty


Dr. Jonathan Michael Square is an Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design. He earned a PhD from New York University, an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. from Cornell University. Previously, he taught in the Committee on Degree in History and Literature at Harvard University and was a fellow in the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he worked on the In America: An Anthology of Fashion.

He curated the exhibition Complicated Stories: Black Artists Respond to the Complicated Histories of Slavery at the Herron School of Art and Design, which closed in January 2023. He is currently preparing for his upcoming show titled Afric-American Picture Gallery at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Dr. Square leads the digital humanities project Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom and founded the clothing brand North Star.