About Dean McBride

Dwight A. McBride, Ddean mcbrideaniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English & Performance Studies, assumed the role of Associate Provost for Graduate Education & Dean of The Graduate School on November 1, 2010. In this capacity, McBride focuses on enhancing the educational experience of Northwestern's graduate students. Working with deans, decanal staffs, faculty, and students, he serves as an advocate for graduate education and helps to facilitate cross-school initiatives and coordination via the Office of the Provost.

McBride received his undergraduate degree in English and African American Studies at Princeton University.  He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. McBride was on the Northwestern faculty previously as the Chair of the African American Studies Department from 2002 to 2007. Just prior to returning to Northwestern University as Dean of The Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Education, he served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2007-2010).  He also served previously on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.

A leading scholar of race and literary studies, he has been a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, a Ford Fellow, and a Mellon Fellow.  An award-winning author of numerous publications that examine connections between race theory, black studies, and identity politics, his most recent publication is the co-edited volume A Melvin Dixon: Critical Reader, a collection of critical essays on literature and life from the African American activist and scholar.  Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch: Essays on Race and Sexuality, a collection of his essays offering contemporary cultural criticism, was a nominee for the Lambda Literary Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. McBride garnered the Best Special Issue Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for the special issue of Public Culture he co-edited titled "100 Years of the 'Souls of Black Folk': A Celebration of W.E.B. DuBois." He is the editor of James Baldwin Now and co-editor of a special issue of Callaloo: A Journal of African-American and African Arts and Letters titled "Plum Nelly: New Essays in Black Queer Studies." Both works received special citations from the Crompton-Noll Award Committee of the Modern Language Association for their significant contribution to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender studies. McBride's other works include Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay and Bi-Sexual African American Fiction, a co-edited volume that earned the Lambda Literary Award for best fiction anthology, and Impossible Witnesses: Truth, Abolitionism, and Slave Testimony.