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About Our Dean

Dr. Antonio D. Tillis, Dean

Dr. Antonio D. Tillis, Dean
M. D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies



As dean of the University of Houston’s largest college, Dr. Antonio D. Tillis brings an international and national reputation as an acclaimed scholar and author with specializations in Latin American, Afro-Latin American and African Diaspora literatures to CLASS.

Dr. Tillis received his Ph.D. in Latin American literature with an Afro-Hispanic emphasis from the University of Missouri, his M.A. in Spanish literature from Howard University, and his B.S. in Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

A native of Memphis, Tn., Dr. Tillis has spent the past 15 years connecting students to the world and the world to students. He has developed collaborative relationships with universities and academic centers in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, France, Peru, Trinidad, Jamaica, England, Costa Rica, Ghana, China and Gabon.

Dr. Tillis is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Lorna Hill "2012 Professor of the Year" award at Dartmouth College, Fulbright Scholar to Brazil at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, President of the College Language Association (2008-10), and the 2007 Purdue University Faculty Scholar award.

Dr. Tillis was previously with the College of Charleston where he was professor of Hispanic Studies and dean of the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs.