N. Bruce Duthu ’80, the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies, will be the next Frank. J. Guarini Associate Dean for International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs. He succeeds Lynn Higgins, the Edward Tuck Professor of French and a professor of comparative literature, of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and of film and media studies. She has held the office since 2011.
In announcing the new appointment, Dean of the Faculty Michael Mastandunopraised Duthu’s “wealth of international experience.” While teaching at Vermont Law School, Duthu was a guest professor at the University of Sydney, the University of Wollongong, and the University of Trento, which recently hosted an international symposium organized principally around Duthu’s book Shadow Nations: Tribal Sovereignty & the Limits of Legal Pluralism (Oxford University Press 2013). Duthu also served as the first director of Vermont Law School’s partnership with Sun Yat-Sen University in China.
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