Appointments: Dean of Liberal Arts, Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies

Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that Damian White has been appointed the new Dean of Liberal Arts, and Joanne Stryker will continue as the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies from 1st July 2017.


Professor Damian White

Damian White is a sociologist and political theorist with teaching and research interests in the sociology of design, architecture and adaptive reuse; urban and environmental sociology with a particular interest in urban political ecology; historical and political sociology; critical theory, urban studies and photography.

He earned a BA (First Class) in Political Science and American Studies from the University of Keele, an MSc in Political Sociology and Political Theory from Birkbeck College, University of London and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex.

He is an active scholar with numerous books and articles, most recently Environments, Natures and Social Theory: Towards A Critical Hybridity (Palgrave, Macmillian, 2016). Provost Sharma said of White “He brings a wealth of global experience to the role and I have no doubt that he will continue to develop Liberal Arts at RISD with the same integrity and humour with which he led the Department of History, Philosophy and the Social Science.”


Professor Joanne Stryker

Joanne Stryker will be familiar to you all as she continues in her role as Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies. Joanne started at RISD as an adjunct faculty member in 1978, prior to which she had been teaching at The Maryland Institute, College of Art and also at Bowling Green (OH) State University’s School of Art. She has served as Dean since 1996 and brings a wealth of experience and a distinct humour to the role.

With an MFA from MICA, her work explores the nature of artifacts and human perception through paintings depicting other works of art. Her two-dimensional interpretations of three-dimensional form exploit the interplay between various modes of perception, creating intricate still-lifes outside the confines of time, place or historical context.

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