Dwight A. McBride

Meet the Provost

Dwight A. McBride
Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dwight A. McBride serves as Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of African American Studies.

McBride came to Emory in July 2017 from Northwestern University, where he served as dean of the graduate school and associate provost for graduate education, as well as the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, and Performance Studies.

During his time as dean and associate provost, The Graduate School made unprecedented progress in diversifying Northwestern's PhD programs, oversaw a major increase to the base stipend rate and other forms of financial and academic support for PhD and MFA students, expanded professional development offerings for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and created the Office for Academic Affairs in The Graduate School, which is responsible for maintaining the excellence of the degree programs.

In addition, McBride expanded outreach efforts to create a greater sense of community among graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, established the Office of Diversity & Inclusion within the school, and significantly increased the number of training grants and other sources of external funding to support graduate students and postdocs.

McBride received his undergraduate degree in English and African American Studies from Princeton University. He earned his master's and PhD in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. McBride previously served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.

An award-winning author of numerous publications that examine connections between race theory, black studies and identity politics, McBride is the founder and co-editor of the James Baldwin Review. His work has received special citations from the Crompton-Noll Award Committee of the Modern Language Association, and his research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

McBride has served on the executive committee of the Association of American Universities (AAU) Association of Graduate Schools; the board of directors of American Colleges & Universities; and the GRE Board, among others.

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