Headshot of Dr. Dwight A. McBridePresident of The New School

Dr. Dwight A. McBride became The New School’s ninth President on April 16, 2020.

With nearly three decades in higher education, Dr. McBride is an experienced leader, and accomplished educator and author. Prior to his appointment at The New School, he was Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Emory University, where he also held the position of Asa Griggs Candler Professor of African American Studies, Distinguished Affiliated Professor of English, and Associated Faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dr. McBride previously served at Northwestern University as the Dean of The Graduate School, Associate Provost for Graduate Education, and Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, and Performance Studies. He has been the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. A leading scholar of race and literary studies, Dr. McBride has published award-winning books, essays, articles, and edited volumes that examine connections between race theory, black studies, and identity politics. Dr. McBride is co-founder and coeditor of the annual journal, the James Baldwin Review, co-editor of The New Black Studies book series at the University of Illinois Press, and is currently completing a new book on Phillis Wheatley and her critics.

He received his AB in English with a certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University, and his MA and PhD in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.