Dean's Message



Lauren Benton, Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Science

NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) is one of the oldest graduate schools in the United States and among the first to open doctoral degree programs to women and minorities. GSAS continues to live up to its tradition of innovation and leadership. The school’s 54 departments and programs convene scholars who conduct path-breaking research and prepare for careers both inside and outside academia.

Applicants to GSAS programs come from around the country and the world, attracted by NYU’s superb faculty and the opportunity to study in one of the world’s great cities. GSAS is devoted to helping to create the conditions under which all graduate students can thrive. While working with faculty in overseeing all aspects of academic programs, GSAS also seeks to enhance the quality of graduate students’ lives through social events and networking opportunities; to advance their professional development, including supporting their efforts to become accomplished teachers; and help to identify opportunities for fellowship and research funding.

Nearly every day I hear of another extraordinary accomplishment by a GSAS student, and nearly every week I learn about the remarkable achievements of one of our graduates. Our alumni hold important positions in universities and colleges, businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and cultural institutions around the world. Students who attend GSAS programs are joining an extensive, diverse, and talented community of learners, scholars, and professionals.

Lauren Benton
Dean, Graduate School of Arts & Science

September 2013


About the GSAS Dean:

Dean Benton is Silver Professor, Professor of History, and Affiliated Professor of Law at NYU, and is an internationally recognized scholar of the global history of law. Her research focuses on the comparative legal history of European empires and the history of international law. Dean Benton is the author of numerous books and articles, including Legal Pluralism and Empires (coedited with Richard Ross), A Search for Sovereignty: Law and Geography in European Empires, 1400-1900, and Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900, which was awarded the J. Willard Hurst Prize and the World History Association Book Prize. Dean Benton was appointed Dean of the Graduate School in September, 2012, after three years serving as Dean for Humanities and two years as the Chair of the Department of History at NYU.  Dean Benton received her Ph.D. in History and Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University, and her A.B. from Harvard University.