Dean for Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies
Thomas DiPiero is Dean for Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies. He works with matters related to the humanities and the humanistic social sciences, as well as with programs spanning multiple disciplines across the college. A focus has been working with faculty to develop new programs and research initiatives bridging the humanities and the sciences and engineering.
DiPiero is a specialist in early European prose fiction, focusing principally on the literary effects considered to be realistic. Writing extensively on the social and political dimensions of the novel and on the forms of knowledge in early modern Europe that helped structure narrative, he has also published on race, gender, and the formation of subjectivity.
DiPiero received a BA and an MA in French from The Ohio State University, and an MA and PhD in Romance Studies from Cornell. He was a recipient of the College’s 2004 Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching, was chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures from 1998 to 2004, and was Senior Associate Dean of Humanities from 2007 to 2011.