Carlos Alonso Named Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
August 3, 2010
Dear fellow member of the Columbia community:
On behalf of President Lee Bollinger, I am pleased to announce that Carlos J.
Alonso, the Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor in the Humanities will be the
interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, beginning September
1, 2010. Carlos was recruited to Columbia
from the University
of Pennsylvania to chair
the Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies. Over the past five
years he has spearheaded a renewal of the department, restoring it to its
proper place among the top three departments in the nation.
Carlos specializes in 19th- and 20th-century Latin American intellectual
history and cultural production, and in contemporary literary and cultural
theory. He is the author of Modernity and Autochthony: The Spanish
American Regional Novel (Cambridge UP), The Burden of Modernity: The
Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America (Oxford UP), and editor
of Julio Cortázar: New Readings (Cambridge UP). He was editor of PMLA,
the scholarly journal of the Modern Language Association of America, during
2000-2003. He is also the current editor of the Revista Hispánica
Moderna, published by the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University.
Under his editorship the Revista received the 2009 Council of Editors of
Learned Journals' Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement.
Carlos was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and
received his BA from Cornell
University and his PhD
from Yale. His exemplary service in Columbia committees, including the
Academic Review Committee, the Faculty Budget Group, the Steering Committee of
the Chairs, and the Executive Committee of GSAS, have prepared him well to
guide the Graduate School during a time of transition.
Nicholas B. Dirks
Franz Boas Professor of History and Anthropology
Executive Vice President for the Arts and Sciences
Dean of the Faculty, Columbia