January 9, 2019
Dear UT Community,
I am excited to announce that Ann Huff Stevens will serve as the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts, effective July 15, 2019. Until then, she will serve as dean-designate, making regular visits to the UT Austin campus.
Dean-designate Stevens comes to UT from the University of California, Davis, and is a Texas native with roots in Corpus Christi. She is a widely respected and distinguished scholar and professor of economics who has served in a wide variety of leadership roles. Among these roles, she served at UC Davis as chair of the Department of Economics, led the Economics Graduate Program as chair, served as interim dean of the Graduate School of Management, and was the founding director of the Center for Poverty Research.
Her scholarship focuses on issues related to poverty, workers and labor markets, and the effects of job loss. Through the Center for Poverty Research, she led campus-wide interdisciplinary efforts pursuing research on poverty in the U.S., and providing training and mentorship to graduate and undergraduate students. Stevens also currently leads the Summer Poverty Research Engagement Experience, which brings top students from historically black colleges and universities to UC Davis in an effort to support and develop the next generation of thought leaders on poverty scholarship.
In addition to these efforts, the impact of her scholarship is remarkable. She ranks among the top five percent of economists worldwide with more than 5,000 citations. She is a long-time member of the National Bureau of Economic Research and works frequently with the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers led by the Institute for Research on Poverty.
Prior to her work at UC Davis, she served as a faculty member at Rutgers University and Yale University. Dean-designate Stevens earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree from American University.
I would like to also take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Dean Randy Diehl for his significant contributions to UT Austin as dean. His legacy at the College of Liberal Arts is one of excellence and community. I would also like to thank the search committee for their exhaustive national search to identify a very competitive pool of candidates.
I am confident we have selected a fantastic leader and colleague in Dean-designate Stevens. Please join me in welcoming her to the UT Austin community.
Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Texas at Austin