University of Massachusetts Names New Dean for Its Honors College

Gretchen Gerzina - PhotoGretchen Holbrook Gerzina was named the next dean of the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is currently the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of Biography and chair of the department of African and African American studies at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She will begin her new job on July 15.

Before joining the faculty at Dartmouth College, Dr. Gerzina was professor of English and director of Africana studies at Barnard College in New York City and professor of English and associate dean of the faculty at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Professor Gerzina is the author of several books including Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary 18th-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend (Amistad, 2008) and Black London: Life Before Emancipation (Rutgers University Press, 1995).

Professor Gerzina is a graduate of Marlboro College in Vermont. She holds a master’s degree from Simmons College in Boston and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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