Arts and Science Administration

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.


G. Gabrielle Starr
Ph.D., Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science

Dean Gabrielle Starr is also Professor of English.

Dean Starr is a scholar of eighteenth-century British literature and of aesthetics, as well as a researcher in neuroaesthetics, a relatively new field of inquiry that uses the tools of cognitive neuroscience to explore the contours of aesthetic experience. She is the author of a history of the interrelation of lyric poetry and the early British novel, Lyric Generations (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), as well as of articles on the history of the novel, imagination and mental imagery, close reading and the tools of cognitive science, the history of aesthetics, and on materialism and Ovid in the eighteenth century. Her latest book is Feeling Beauty (MIT Press, 2013), and it explores the ways our responses to the Sister Arts of painting, poetry and music are mediated by brain-based reward processes and by the default mode network. This work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the form of a New Directions Fellowship to facilitate training in neuroscience, as well as by an NSF-ADVANCE grant (jointly with Nava Rubin) at NYU.

Dean Starr was most recently Chair of the Department of English, and prior to that was Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Honors for English. She received a Golden Dozen prize for her undergraduate teaching here, and she has also taught at Harvard University (where she was honored by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching Excellence) and the California Institute of Technology.

Dean Starr received the Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, and the M.A. and B.A. (summa cum laude) from Emory University. She has also studied at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.


Lauren Benton
Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Science

Lauren Benton is Professor of History and Affiliated Professor of Law.

Dean Benton was appointed Dean of the Graduate School in September, 2012. She joined the administration of the Faculty of Arts and Science in 2009, when she became Acting Dean for the Humanities, and then served as Dean for the Humanities from 2010 to 2012. Prior to joining the faculty of NYU as Professor of History in 2003, Lauren Benton held faculty appointments at Rutgers University-NJIT, the University of Washington, and M.I.T. She served as Chair of the Department of History at NYU from 2007 to 2009.

Lauren Benton is an internationally recognized scholar of the global history of law. Her research focuses on the comparative legal history of European empires and the history of international law. Dean Benton is the author of three books and more than thirty articles and book chapters, including A Search for Sovereignty: Law and Geography in European Empires, 1400-1900, published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. Her book Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900 was awarded the J. Willard Hurst Prize and the World History Association Book Prize.

Dean Benton received her Ph.D. in History and Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University, and her A.B. from Harvard University. 


Joy Connolly
Ph.D., Dean for the Humanities

Joy Connolly, Dean for the Humanities, is an Associate Professor of Classics. Dean Connolly works mainly on Roman ideas about politics, aesthetics, and rhetoric and their ongoing relevance for contemporary democratic life. Her book The State of Speech (Princeton 2007) placed the ability to communicate at the heart of Roman ideals of citizenship. Her forthcoming book, The Life of Roman Republicanism (Princeton 2014) examines key themes in Roman republicanism: freedom, recognition, antagonism, self-knowledge, and imagination. Her next project, Talk About Virtue (under contract with Bloomsbury Press) spotlights key moments in the revival of ideals of Roman civic virtue in revolutionary thought and practice in the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries.  She has published articles on classical rhetoric and on the literary genres of elegy, epic, and pastoral poetry.  Her reviews have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Women’s Review of Books, Bookforum, and The New York Times Book Review. She has worked as a player/interpreter with the Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal in pieces mounted at the Marion Goodman Gallery and the Guggenheim Museum.  

After studying classics at Princeton (A.B.) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), she taught at the University of Washington and Stanford before coming to NYU in 2004. 


Michael Laver

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 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 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.


Fred Schwarzbach
Ph.D., Dean of Liberal Studies

Dean of the Liberal Studies Program Fred Schwarzbach is also a Master Teacher of Humanities.

His publications include the books Dickens and the City and Victorian Artists and the City, editions of Dickens' American Notes and Anne Bronte's Agnes Gray, as well as numerous scholarly chapters, articles, and review essays on Victorian and modern British literature and culture. He is also a founding member of the American Friends of the Dickens House Museum.

Dean Schwarzbach earned his A.B and M.A. from Columbia University, and received his Ph.D. from London University. He has taught at University College London, Washington University in St. Louis, Louisiana State University, Washington State University, and Kent State University, where he served for eight years as chair of the Department of English. He joined the Liberal Studies Program as Dean and Master Teacher of Humanities in 2004. 


Catharine R. Stimpson
Ph.D., Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Science

Catharine Stimpson is a University Professsor.

Currently the editor of a book series for the University of Chicago Press, 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; and a book on Gertrude Stein, which is under contract to the University of Chicago Press. In addition, more than 150 of her monographs, essays, stories, and reviews have appeared in Transatlantic Review, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Critical Inquiry, boundary 2, and other publications.

Dean Stimpson is the Chair of the National Advisory Committee of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and past president of the Association of Graduate Schools. She is former chair of the New York State Humanities Council, the Ms. Magazine Board of Scholars, and the National Council for Research on Women, as well as past president of the Modern Language Association. 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. from Cambridge University. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and holds numerous honorary degrees.