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Biography – Robert D. Newman

Robert D. Newman, President and Director of the National Humanities CenterRobert D. Newman, President and Director of the National Humanities CenterRobert D. Newman assumed office as the sixth president and director of the National Humanities Center on July 1, 2015. He was previously Dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Utah where he also has served as Associate Vice President for Interdisciplinary Studies, Special Advisor to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of English.

During his tenure at the University of Utah his focus on expanding and strengthening the humanities resulted in the creation of several new endowed chairs, multiple scholarships and fellowships, endowment of an environmental humanities program, and a successful campaign to build a new humanities building with private funds. Also under his leadership, the college created new programs in International Studies, Latin American Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Religious Studies, Environmental Humanities, Literacy Studies, and Comparative Literature and Culture as well as new Asia, American West, Second Language Training and Research, and Environmental Humanities Education centers. He also created a first-generation scholarship campaign that earned him the University’s Equity and Diversity Award.

Newman completed his doctorate in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his scholarship has focused on James Joyce, twentieth-century literature and culture, and narrative theory. He has published six books, two of which have been nominated for major national awards, along with numerous articles and reviews; and has received awards not only for his scholarship but for his institutional leadership and teaching. He also serves as General Editor of the “Cultural Frames, Framing Culture” series published by University of Virginia Press.