Dorothy L. Hodgson

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Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Anthropology
PhD, University of Michigan

Dorothy L. Hodgson became the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in August 2018. She oversees undergraduate admissions, the undergraduate and graduate curricula, faculty, staffing, the oversight of academic departments, and other academic matters, including the implementation of the Brandeis Core.

Prior to coming to Brandeis, she was distinguished professor of anthropology and senior associate dean for academic affairs at Rutgers University’s School of Graduate Studies, part of a leadership team that oversaw research-based doctoral, master's and dual-degree programs.

Hodgson is an internationally renowned, award-winning historical anthropologist who has worked in East Africa for more than 30 years, primarily among Maasai communities in Tanzania. Her research has examined such topics as gender, ethnicity, cultural politics, colonialism, the missionary encounter, transnational organizing and the indigenous rights movement. She has authored or edited 10 books and numerous articles and book chapters, with the support of awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, National Sciences Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, among other sources.

Hodgson has served as president of the African Studies Association (2015-2016) and of the Association for Feminist Anthropology (2009-2011). She also previously served as chair and graduate director of Rutgers' Department of Anthropology and director of Rutgers’ Institute for Research on Women. She is currently editor-in-chief of the "Oxford Research Encyclopedia on African Women’s History."

Hodgson earned her bachelor's degree in English at the University of Virginia, and her master's and doctoral degrees in anthropology at the University of Michigan.