Thomas J. Carew
Ph.D., Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science
Thomas J. Carew assumed his new role as Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU in July 2011. He was previously the Bren Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, where, in addition, he served as Chair of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education, and as a member of the system-wide Commission on Undergraduate Education. He has also held leadership roles at Yale University and Columbia University.
A renowned scholar and the author of over 180 scholarly articles and three books, Dean Carew has focused his research on the behavioral, cellular, and molecular analyses of learning and memory.
Among his many honors are the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) MERIT Award, an NIMH Career Development Award, Yale’s Dylan Hixon Prize for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences, and the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award at the University of California, Irvine. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and served as President of the Society for Neuroscience in 2008.
Dean Carew earned a B.A. from Loyola University, an M.A. in physiological psychology from California State College, and his Ph.D. in physiological psychology from the University of California, Riverside. He also received an honorary M.A. from Yale University in 1984.
He is joined in New York City by his wife, Mary Jo.
Gene Andrew Jarrett
Ph.D., Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science
Gene A. Jarrett was named Seryl Kushner Dean of NYU’s College of Arts and Science in June 2017; his appointment begins September 1, 2017. Before joining NYU, Dean Jarrett was Associate Dean at Boston University from 2014–2017; he joined the faculty there in 2007. At BU, he co-chaired the 2016 University Task Force on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, and previously served as Chair of the English Department and Acting Director of the Program in African American Studies.
He specializes in African American literary history from the eighteenth century to the present; U.S. literary history between the Civil War and World War II; race, ethnic, and cultural studies; and theories of literature, aesthetics, and intellectual historiography. He is the author of two books, Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature (2011) and Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature (2007). He is the editor or co-editor of multiple volumes on African American literature and literary criticism: the two-volume Wiley-Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature (2014); The Blackwell Companion to African American Literature (2010); The Collected Novels of Paul Laurence Dunbar (2009); The New Negro: Readings on Race, Representation, and African American Culture, 1892–1938 (2007); A Long Way from Home by Claude McKay (2007); The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar (2006); and African American Literature Beyond Race: An Alternative Reader (2006). He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the African American Studies module for Oxford Bibliographies Online, published by Oxford University Press.
Among his many honors and achievements, Dean Jarrett received the Walter Jackson Bate Fellowship in English Literature at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2010 and an ACLS Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies in 2014.
Dean Jarrett attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City, earned his A.B. in English from Princeton University, and received his A.M. and Ph.D. in English from Brown University.
Phillip Brian Harper
Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science
Phil Harper is Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature and holds a joint appointment in NYU’s Departments of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA) and English. A scholar of modern and contemporary U.S. literature and culture, of African-American expressive culture, and of gender and sexuality, he has published numerous articles in these fields, as well as books on the pre-history of postmodernist fiction (Framing the Margins: The Social Logic of Postmodern Culture [Oxford University Press, 1994]); on African-American masculinity (Are We Not Men? Masculine Anxiety and the Problem of African-American Identity [Oxford UP, 1996]); on the politics of personal privacy (Private Affairs: Critical Ventures in the Culture of Social Relations [NYU Press, 1999]); and on the critical import of African-American aesthetic abstractionism (Abstractionist Aesthetics: Artistic Form and Social Critique in African American Culture [NYU Press, 2015]). His research has been supported by such agencies as the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Dean Harper arrived at NYU in 1995, having previously served on the faculties of Brandeis and Harvard Universities. He has twice received a Golden Dozen Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching in NYU’s College of Arts and Science, and served as Founding Chair of SCA, as Chair of the English department, and in numerous other administrative capacities prior to being appointed to lead GSAS in July 2017. He received his A.B. from the University of Michigan, and M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.
Ph.D., Dean for the Humanities
Georgina Dopico's work on the early modern cultural history of Spain has privileged discourses on the body, as seen in her first monograph Perfect Wives, Other Women: Adultery and Inquisition in Early Modern Spain, which linked anxieties about female adultery with anxieties relating to blood purity in the context of the Inquisition's persecution of Jewish converts to Christianity suspected of continuing Judaizing practices. Controversially, she has suggested that the Inquisition's practices of forced confession made a precocious contribution to the construction of modern subjectivity--a subjectivity grounded in gendered notions of the body.
Ph.D., Dean for the Social Sciences
Michael Laver, Dean for the Social Sciences, is also Professor of Politics. His main research interests are in the theory and practice of party competition, especially the dynamic modeling of these, and in methods for estimating policy positions of politicians and political parties – using expert surveys, as well as expert, machine and crowd-coded text analysis. He was co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research and is the author, co-author or editor of 18 books and over 140 academic articles on various aspects of political science. Among his books are: Multiparty government; Representative Government in Modern Europe; Policy and Party Competition; Making and Breaking Governments; Party Policy in Modern Democracies; and Party Competition: an Agent-Based Model. A full list of publications can be found here.
Dean Laver joined NYU from Trinity College Dublin where he had been Professor of Political Science, and also the chief academic officer. He holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Essex, a PhD from the University of Liverpool, and has been elected to both the Royal Irish Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Michael D. Purugganan
Ph.D., Dean for Science
Dean for Science Michael Purugganan is the Dorothy Schiff Professor of Genomics and Professor of Biology. He also serves on the affiliate faculty and as co-director of the NYU Abu Dhabi Center for Genomics and Systems Biology.
His research interests are on the evolutionary genomics of plant adaptation. His work has spanned numerous topics, including molecular population genetics, the domestication of crop species, microbial social evolution, and the molecular evolution of development.
Dean Purugganan earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines (1985), M.A. in Chemistry from Columbia (1986) and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia (1993). From 1996, he taught at North Carolina State University, where he was William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Genetics before moving to NYU in 2006.
He has been awarded numerous honors and awards, including an Alfred Sloan Young Investigator Award. He was named a Guggenheim Fellow and a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, and in 2005 was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Ph.D., Dean of Liberal Studies
Julie Mostov joined NYU in August 2017, from Drexel University, where she was Senior Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Professor of Politics. In addition to her many scholarly achievements, Dr. Mostov spearheaded a wide range of global initiatives and international research and academic partnerships for Drexel as Senior Vice Provost and, earlier, as Director of International Area Studies. She has also been a long-time member of the University of Bologna’s network on Europe and the Balkans and a regular visiting professor in its graduate programs.
Her recent scholarship is on the politics of national identity, sovereignty, citizenship, and gender and explores the notions of soft-borders and transnational citizenship. Publications related to these themes include her book Soft Borders: Rethinking Sovereignty and Democracy (2008); the co-edited volume, From Gender to Nation (2004, 2002); and book chapters such as “Soft Borders and Transnational Citizens” (2007) and “Nation and Nation-State” (2014). She has presented her interdisciplinary research with a focus on Southeastern Europe at universities and conferences in many parts of the globe. She served as a consultant for both the U.S. and the EU during the breakdown of Yugoslavia and designed and implemented State Department grants in support of democratic transitions in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Her earlier scholarship in democratic theory includes such works as Power, Process, and Popular Sovereignty (1992), “Endangered Citizenship,” and “Democracy and the Politics of National Identity.”
She has an A.B. in Politics from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. from the University of Belgrade, and a Ph.D. in Political Theory from NYU. Returning to NYU as the Dean for Liberal Studies, she brings together these rich experiences in global engagements, deep grounding in the liberal arts, and a commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching.
Catharine R. Stimpson
Ph.D., Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Science
Catharine Stimpson is a University Professor.
She was the founding editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Her many other publications include a novel, Class Notes; a selection of essays, Where the Meanings Are: Feminism and Cultural Spaces; the co-editorship of the Library of America edition of Gertrude Stein; and the co-editorship of Critical Terms for the Study of Gender. She also edited a book series on women and culture for the University of Chicago Press. In addition, more than 200 of her monographs, essays, stories, and reviews have appeared in Transatlantic Review, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Critical Inquiry, boundary 2, Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, and other publications.
Dean Emerita Stimpson has served as the president of the Modern Language Association and president of the Association of Graduate Schools. She has chaired the National Advisory Committee of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the New York State Humanities Council, the Ms. Magazine Board of Scholars, the National Council for Research on Women, and Creative Capital. She currently chairs the board of Scholars at Risk. She serves on the boards of other educational and cultural organizations, and from 1994-2000, was on the board of PBS.
She has been awarded both Fulbright and Rockefeller Humanities Fellowships, as well as grants from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Before coming to NYU, Dean Stimpson was Director of the MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program and University Professor at Rutgers, where she was also Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for graduate education. She was the first Director of the Women's Center of Barnard College and of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers.
Dean Stimpson holds an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College, and a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and holds numerous honorary degrees.