Staff Directory

Adam Wolfsdorf is the Humanities Department Chair and has been with Bay Ridge Prep for over 20 years. He is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program.


Adam holds a PhD in English Education from Columbia University, where he served as the Coordinator of the INSTEP Master’s program. He has published extensively in Changing EnglishThe F. Scott Fitzgerald ReviewEnglish EducationEnglish Journal, and The Columbia Literary Journal. Dr. Wolfsdorf has book chapters in Humanizing Grief in Higher Education (Routledge) and Deep Reading, Volume 2 (Peter Lang). His new book, Navigating Trauma in the English Classroom, comes out in November of 2022 (NCTE). The book explores the convergent space connecting trauma, literature, writing, and pedagogy.


Outside of the English classroom, Adam has performed professionally for 25-years. He appeared in the national tours of the Broadway musicals RENT (with Neil Patrick Harris) and Grease. He fronts the nationally touring rock band, The Energy (MTV, NBC, ABC, and ESPN). Wolfsdorf received his MA in Psychology and Education from Columbia University, and holds a BA in English from Harvard University.