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Dr. Antonio D. Tillis, Dean

M. D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies

Dr. Antonio D. Tillis is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and M. D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies. He 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 a B.S. in Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he served as dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs at the College of Charleston. Prior to his appointment, he was a distinguished international visiting scholar at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica and has developed relationships with numerous universities in Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, France, Peru, Trinidad, Jamaica, Sweden, France, England, Costa Rica, Peru, Ghana, China, and Gabon.

Dr. Tillis is an international and nationally acclaimed scholar and author with specializations in Latin American, Afro-Latin American and African Diaspora literatures.

From 2009-2014, he served as the chair of African and African-American Studies at Dartmouth College and served as the inaugural chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at Purdue University from 2008-2009. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Office of Black Student Advising and the Professor of the Year Faculty Recognition Award from the Office of Pluralism and Leadership at Dartmouth College, the Internationalization Innovator Award from the Purdue University Office of International Programs and Study Abroad, and the Professor of the Year Award from the Black Caucus of Purdue University Faculty and Staff.


Email:adtillis@central.uh.edu

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