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 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

Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science Phil Harper is the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature and is jointly appointed in the Departments of Social and Cultural Analysis and English.

His fields of specialty include modern and contemporary U.S. literary and cultural studies; African­ American literary and cultural studies; aesthetics and social theory; and gender and sexuality studies. Dean Harper has extensive administrative experience at NYU, having served as Director of Graduate Studies of American Studies, English, and Social and Cultural Analysis; Director of the American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Programs; Founding Chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis; and Chair of the Department of English. Phil also served on the FAS Dean’s Advisory Committee on Policy and Planning, and the FAS Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Dean Harper previously held assistant professor appointments at Brandeis and at Harvard. He has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and from Cornell University, an M.A., MFA, and Ph.D.


Georgina Dopico
Ph.D., Dean for the Humanities

Dean for the Humanities Georgina "Gigi" Dopico is also Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures.

Her research interests include early-modern Spanish literatures and cultures, cultural history, the body/anatomy, biopolitics, human/animal studies, gender studies, translation studies, canon formation/libraries, nation/empire, transatlantic studies, and Cervantes books.

Dean Dopico is author of the award-winning Perfect Wives, Other Women: Adultery and Inquisition in Early Modern Spain (2001) and was co-editor of USA Cervantes: 39 Cervantistas en Estados Unidos (2009) and En un lugar de la Mancha: Homenaje a Manuel Durán (1999). Recent articles include “Sueños de la nación” in IV Centenario Covarrubias, Real Academia Conquense de Artes y Letras (2011), “Pierre Menard, traductor del Quijote or Echo’s Echoes” Cervantes 31.1 (2011), and “The Ban and the Bull: Animal Studies, Cultural Studies and Spain” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 11.3-4 (2010).

Dean Dopico earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from Yale University and her A.B. from Harvard University.


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 governmentRepresentative Government in Modern EuropePolicy and Party CompetitionMaking and Breaking GovernmentsParty 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.


Julie Mostov 
Ph.D., Dean of Liberal Studies

Dean of the Liberal Studies Program Julie Mostov was previously the Senior Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and a Professor of Political Science at Drexel University.

She specializes in studies on the politics of national identity, sovereignty, citizenship, and gender and has a particular interest in Southeastern Europe. Her latest book, Soft Borders: Rethinking Sovereignty and Democracy (2008) is based on her extensive knowledge of ethnic conflict in Southeastern Europe and the problems of citizens who find themselves trapped within the "hard borders" of ethnocratic states, and on her understanding of current trends in the West against labor migration.

In addition, Dean Mostov has been actively involved in development projects in Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, and Moldova, and programs and grants to stop violence against women in the U.S. and abroad. She serves on the board of multiple local and international organizations including Women Against Abuse and the Global Philadelphia Association.


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 ReviewCritical Inquiryboundary 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.