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Brian Reed Named Divisional Dean for the Humanities at the UW

May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018 Seattle— Robert Stacey, Dean of the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences, announced that Professor Brian Reed, Chair of the Department of English and Milliman Endowed Chair in the Humanities, will be the next Divisional Dean of the Humanities.

“Brian Reed is a world-class scholar, an engaging teacher, and an experienced administrator,” said Dean Stacey. “I am delighted and grateful that he has agreed to succeed Mike Shapiro as Divisional Dean of the Humanities, and I look forward to working with him to strengthen the Humanities Division in the years ahead.”

Brian Reed is a specialist in American poetry, with a concentration in contemporary poetry. He is the author of three books, including Hart Crane: After His Light and Nobody’s Business: 21st-Century Avant-Garde Poetics, and has three more books in process. He has published more than forty articles and book chapters on modern and contemporary poetry, and serves on multiple Executive Committees and Editorial Boards including the journal publication Contemporary Literature and MLA’s Forum on Poetry and Poetics.

Reed brings to this appointment a deep investment in the value of the humanities. “The humanities open the world to our students,” remarked Reed. “They grant access to diverse histories, societies, and languages, inviting students to see the world from a multitude of vantage points. They help our students forge vital skills – clear communication, critical thinking, and creativity. In this rapidly-changing global landscape, a deep study of the humanities is vital in producing the expansive, nimble thinkers who will help to define the future.”

Reed is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature and serves as the chair for the English Department. He is the inaugural Milliman Endowed Chair in the Humanities and the Solomon Katz Distinguished Lecturer in the Humanities. In 2009 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, and was selected in 2014 as a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at Australian National University.

Reed received his A.B. in English Literature from Harvard University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1992. He received his B.A. in Modern History with 1st-class honours from Oxford University in 1994, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in English and American Literature at Stanford University in 2000. Since 2000, Reed has taught at the University of Washington and was promoted to Full Professor in 2012.


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