Matthew S. Santirocco is Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at NYU, where he is also Professor of Classics and Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies. He served as Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science from 1994 to 2011. Before that, he was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and also taught at Pittsburgh, Columbia, Emory, and Brown.
His scholarly interests focus on Greek and Latin literature and thought. He is the author or editor of several books, including Unity and Design in Horace's Odes and Latinitas: The Tradition and Teaching of Latin, as well as numerous articles. He is currently working on a book about the poetics of patronage in Augustan Rome. A past editor of the American Philological Association's monograph series, American Classical Studies (12 volumes), he currently edits the quarterly, Classical World. He also founded and directs NYU's Center for Ancient Studies, which promotes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the past through conferences and colloquia, student grants for international travel, summer seminars for faculty from across the United States, and occasional publications.
In addition to his work in classics, Dr. Santirocco has promoted broader educational innovation. At Penn he developed humanities curricula for the MBA and Executive Education programs at the Wharton School, with which he also partnered to create an undergraduate International Studies/Business program. At NYU he led faculty in the design of a new core curriculum, as well as in the creation of a fully-funded undergraduate research program, Freshman and Collegiate Honors Seminars, and cross-school majors and minors. Having worked on curriculum and faculty recruitment for NYU's branch campus in Abu Dhabi, he is now coordinating the development of the academic program for NYU Shanghai, which is set to open in 2013.
A graduate of Columbia and Cambridge Universities, Dr. Santirocco has received research grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, American Numismatics Society, American Council of Learned Societies, and National Endowment for the Humanities; he has also been the PI on institutional grants from the Hewlett and Beckman Foundations. He has served as Vice President for Professional Matters and Senior Financial Trustee of the American Philological Association and as a founding member of the executive committee of the Reinvention Center (a national consortium of research universities committed to improving undergraduate education). He currently serves on the boards of the artists' colony Yaddo, Commonweal magazine, the Aquila Theatre Company, and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2011 was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Academy for the humanities and social sciences.