College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences
The University of Houston
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
Dr. John Roberts
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
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Dr. John W. Roberts is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Professor in the Department of English. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Tusculum College, a master of arts in English from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in English from the Ohio State University. He teaches and publishes in the fields of literature, folklore and African American studies. In addition to numerous articles and book reviews, he is author of "From Hucklebuck to Hiphop: Social Dance in the African American Community in Philadelphia" and "From Trickster to Badman: The Black Folk Hero in Slavery and Freedom". His administrative experience includes service as chair of the Department of African American and African Studies at Ohio State, Director of the Afro-American Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania, and as Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also past president of both the American Folklore Society (1996-1998) and the Association for African and African American Folklorists (1988-1994). He is a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a fellow of the American Folklore Society.
Dr. Sarah Fishman
Dr. Fishman, Professor of History, specializes in Modern French history, focusing on twentieth-century social and gender history in the years around World War II. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in 1979 and her Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 1987. She has published several books including, “We Will Wait: Wives of French Prisoners of War 1940-1945,” and “The Battle for Children: World War II, Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice in Twentieth-Century France.” Prior to joining the Dean’s office, she served as Undergraduate Director in the UH Department of History. As Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, she works with faculty and students on curriculum and policy issues for the college, as well as on undergraduate grievances and academic honesty.
Dr. Catherine Patterson
Dr. Patterson is an associate professor of history specializing in early modern British and urban history. Professor Patterson received her bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William and Mary in 1986 and her Ph.D. degree in history from the University of Chicago in 1994. She teaches early-modern British and European history. She has published "Urban Patronage in Early Modern England: Corporate Boroughs, the Landed Elite, and the Crown in England, 1580-1640", as well as numerous articles. Prior to joining the Dean’s office, she served as Director of Graduate Studies for the History Department. She has also chaired the College’s Faculty Governance and Advisory Committee.
Dr. David Phillips
A native of Hereford, England, Dr. David Phillips received in 1986 a bachelor’s degree with first class honors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Lincoln College, part of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He earned from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. an M.A. in Philosophy in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1993. Upon completing his studies in upstate New York, Dr. Phillips moved to Houston to join the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy. He earned tenure and was promoted in 1999 to Associate Professor. In 2012, he was promoted again to a full professorship and appointed to the position of Associate Dean of Faculty and Research for CLASS.
Janie Graham is the Director of Academic Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth and Human Services from Salem-Teikyo University where she also earned her certificate in American Humanics (now known as Nonprofit Leadership Alliance). She has been with the University of Houston since 1999. Prior to joining the University of Houston, she served as the Dean for an all girls private high school in San Antonio.
Dr. Amy O'Neal
Dr. Amy O'Neal earned her bachelor's in history from Texas A&M University and her master's and doctorate in history from the University of Houston. Her research focuses on medieval history specifically Norman and Anglo-Norman women in 10th-12th century England and France. She teaches history and has worked in UH's Department of History and the Women's Studies Program. As director of Assessment and Accreditation Services, Dr. O'Neal coordinates assessment initiatives within the college, provides faculty and staff support for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and Institutional Effectiveness Plans (IEPs), and collects and analyzes data for the college.
Director of Budgets & Administration
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Andrea Short is the director of budgets and administration. In that capacity, she supervises the budgetary and administrative operations of the college. She also retains the duties of managing the human resources and payroll functions of the college in her role as College Business Administrator. Andrea is a second-generation alumna of the University of Houston, having earned her bachelor of science degree in political science. She joined the UH staff in 1999. Prior to her work in the Dean’s Office, Andrea was employed as a business administrator in the college’s departments of English and Modern & Classical Languages.
Director of Communication
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Shannon Buggs is the director of communication for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. A native Houstonian, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges. Her master’s degree in journalism is from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and her certificate in personal financial planning is from the University of Houston. Prior to joining the Dean’s office, Shannon worked for more than 15 years as a reporter and columnist for newspapers in Houston, Dallas and Raleigh, North Carolina and as a featured financial news commentator on national and local television and radio programs.
Dr. Linda Davis
Dr. Davis is Director of Educational Technology for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Governors State University. Her doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education is from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to joining the Dean’s office, she served as Director of Staff Development and Instructional Technology Facilitator for Kirby School District in Illinois and taught online courses for University of Northern Iowa.
Frank Houston is the College Information Services Manager and Information Security Officer for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Science in Management with a focus on Information Security. Prior to joining the University of Houston, he served as Director of Information Technology for a major medical management corporation in south Florida.