About Victoria Johnson
I am a former Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library and am currently an associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College in New York City, where I teach on the history of philanthropy, nonprofits, and New York City. I hold a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale.
From the first moment I learned of David Hosack and his lost botanical garden—today the site of Rockefeller Center—I’ve been working to reconstruct his dramatic and moving life story. I’ve followed him through a vanished New York City, up the Hudson to his beautiful estate at Hyde Park (now home to the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site), and across the Atlantic to England and Scotland, where he studied medicine and botany as a young man in the late eighteenth century. I’ve also followed Hosack through more than thirty archival collections in the US and Europe as I researched and wrote American Eden.