Stephanie Browner, Dean, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Stephanie P. Browner has been the dean of Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts since 2011. The school received a $5 million grant from its founder, Mr. Eugene M. Lang, in honor of her leadership in 2012. With over twenty years of experience working in higher education, she came to The New School from Berea College in Kentucky, an institution nationally acclaimed for providing tuition-free liberal arts education to low-income students. During her tenure as Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty at Berea, Stephanie secured more than $2,000,000 in grants for academic innovation, increased faculty diversity, designed new curricular initiatives, and led a campus-wide scenario planning process designed to ensure the college's continued excellence and economic viability into the 21st century, among other accomplishments. Stephanie’s scholarly research in 19th-century American and African-American literature, the history of American medicine, postcolonial literature, and digital humanities has appeared in leading journals, and she is the author of two books. She is the founder and editor of The Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive and serves on the board of Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES). Her early experience includes work as a medical volunteer in Central America; as a high school English and Spanish teacher; and as a professional modern dancer. She has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in American Literature and American Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington.