As one of the oldest advanced degree-granting institutions in the country, NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) has long featured the combination of rigor, breadth, and inclusivity that characterizes it today. In over 50 departments and programs across an expansive range of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields, the school trains students to produce scholarly research of the highest caliber, preparing them for careers in a wide array of academic and non-academic contexts.
Applicants to GSAS come from throughout the United States and from across the globe, attracted by NYU’s superb faculty and the opportunity to study in one of the world’s great cities. GSAS offices are devoted to creating the conditions under which all of our students can thrive. Thus, in addition to collaborating with faculty in the oversight of our academic programs, we help students identify sources of academic funding, work to promote their development as researchers and teachers, and provide occasions for social and professional networking that will serve them over the long run.
GSAS students attain remarkable achievements during their terms of study, and they continue to do so after they have graduated from NYU. Our alumni hold important positions in universities and colleges, businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and cultural institutions around the world. Students who enroll in our programs join an extensive, diverse, and talented community of learners, scholars, and professionals, and we in GSAS look forward to enlarging that community even further in the years to come.
Phillip Brian Harper
Dean, Graduate School of Arts & Science
About the GSAS Dean:
Dean Harper is Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature and holds a joint appointment in NYU’s Departments of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA) and English. A scholar of modern and contemporary U.S. literature and culture, of African-American expressive culture, and of gender and sexuality, Dean Harper is the author of numerous publications in these fields and their intersections—most recently Abstractionist Aesthetics: Artistic Form and Social Critique in African American Culture (New York University Press, 2015)—and his research has been supported by such agencies as the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Having joined the NYU faculty in 1995, Dean Harper was the Founding Chair of SCA, and he also served as Chair of the English department before being appointed to lead the Graduate School of Arts and Science in July 2017. He received his A.B. from the University of Michigan, and M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.