ACLS Board of Directors

Dorothy L. Hodgson

Dorothy L. Hodgson

ex officio

Chair, Executive Committee of the Delegates
Delegate, African Studies Association
Dean
School of Arts and Sciences
Brandeis University

 

Dorothy L. Hodgson is dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis University’s largest academic division. She is an internationally renowned anthropologist and served as senior associate dean for academic affairs at Rutgers University’s School of Graduate Studies before moving to Brandeis. Hodgson has worked in East Africa for more than 30 years, primarily among Maasai communities in Tanzania. Her research has examined such topics as gender, ethnicity, cultural politics, colonialism, the missionary encounter, transnational organizing and the indigenous rights movement. She has authored or edited 10 books and numerous articles and book chapters, with the support of awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, National Sciences Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, among other sources. Hodgson has served as president of the African Studies Association (2015-2016) and of the Association for Feminist Anthropology (2009-2011). She also previously served as chair and graduate director of Rutgers' Department of Anthropology and director of Rutgers’ Institute for Research on Women. She is currently editor-in-chief of the "Oxford Research Encyclopedia on African Women’s History." Hodgson earned her bachelor's degree in English at the University of Virginia, and her master's and doctoral degrees in anthropology at the University of Michigan.