We are delighted to announce the appointment of Phillip Brian Harper as the new Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, effective July 1, 2017!

Phillip Brian Harper

Phil is the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature and is jointly appointed in the Departments of Social and cultural Analysis (SCA) and English at FAS. His fields of specialty include modern and contemporary U.S. literary and cultural studies; African­American literary and cultural studies; aesthetics and social theory; and gender and sexuality studies. A strong scholar who cares deeply about graduate education, Phil has extensive administrative experience at NYU, having served as Director of Graduate Studies of American Studies, English, and SCA; 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. 

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Phil is the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature and is jointly appointed in the Departments of Social and cultural Analysis (SCA) and English at FAS. His fields of specialty include modern and contemporary U.S. literary and cultural studies; African­American literary and cultural studies; aesthetics and social theory; and gender and sexuality studies. A strong scholar who cares deeply about graduate education, Phil has extensive administrative experience at NYU, having served as Director of Graduate Studies of American Studies, English, and SCA; 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.

Phil has been in FAS since 1995, having 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. We are very grateful to Anna Harvey, Professor of Politics, who has served GSAS as interim dean with great energy and dedication since July 2015. Among Anna’s accomplishments, she took steps to increase the presence of underrepresented students in GSAS programs and nurture them in their studies, identify new programs and increase funds for doctoral and master’s financial aid, and develop robust co­curricular and community building programs for doctoral students.

We owe our thanks to the Search Committee—led by David Stasavage, Professor of Politics—for their fine work. (Committee members are listed below.) In spite of their heavy schedules of professional responsibilities, they took up this important task with dedication and brought us a wonderful candidate, and we thank them.

Finally, please join us in congratulating Phil Harper on his appointment and wish him well in his new responsibilities in GSAS.