Mary Brabeck, dean of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, has announced the appointment of Ron Robin, a professor of history and communications and former dean of students at the University of Haifa in Israel, as associate dean for academic affairs of the Steinhardt School. Robin will join NYU Steinhardt in late July.

“Ron Robin brings to Steinhardt widely acclaimed accomplishments in his own research and scholarship and depth of experience in academic leadership in an ethnically and culturally diverse university,” said Brabeck.

As academic dean, he will work closely with all faculty, administrators, and students to further enhance the School’s academic goals in its undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs.

Robin replaces Associate Dean Joseph McDonald, who had been serving in the dual role of associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for global and community affairs during the 2005-06 academic year. McDonald will continue as associate dean for global and community affairs.

Robin has authored several books, including Scandals and Scoundrels: Seven Cases that Shook the Academy (University of California Press, 2004) and The Making of the Cold War Enemy: Culture and Politics in the Military-Intellectual Complex (Princeton University Press, 2001). His many articles have appeared in such journals as American Quarterly, Diplomatic History, American Studies International, and Journal of American Studies. The University of Haifa has repeatedly recognized Robin’s excellence in teaching, and he is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants. Robin holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Berkeley.

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