University of New Mexico Interim Provost Craig White announced today the appointment of Professor Alex Lubin as Interim Associate Provost for Faculty Development effective immediately. Lubin’s appointment extends through June 30, 2018.

“I am very pleased to have Professor Lubin join the Academic Affairs leadership team. He is a highly accomplished scholar in American Studies and a talented administrator,” White said. “Alex brings a great deal of enthusiasm and experience to this role.” said White.

Professor Alex Lubin

Lubin was selected following an internal search that attracted a number of distinguished candidates and involved a robust search process.

“I’m honored to assume the role of Interim Associate Provost for Faculty Development at UNM,” said Lubin. “I will bring to this position a passion for mentoring faculty and a commitment to equity and inclusion. I’m especially interested in working with faculty and UNM leadership to foster and develop our intellectual community.”

Lubin earned a B.A. in Humanities at the Evergreen State College, an M.A. in American Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston, and a Ph.D. in American Studies at University of Minnesota. He began his career at UNM in 2002 as an assistant professor in the Department of American Studies.

Lubin is currently a full professor of American Studies, and has served as department chair for six years. From 2011-2014, Lubin took a leave from UNM while he served as director of the Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Beirut, Lebanon. While at AUB, Lubin designed and launched the region’s first M.A. program in Transnational American Studies.

Lubin is an interdisciplinary scholar, with expertise in Black Studies and Transnational American Studies, with a focus on U.S. and Middle East relationships. He is the author of two single-authored monographs, and the editor or co-editor of three volumes. His most recent books are “Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary,” and the co-edited volume, “Futures of Black Radicalism.”

During this academic year, Lubin will finish a book about the U.S. War on Terror, a topic about which he offers a class at UNM. Lubin serves on the editorial boards of The Middle East Report and the Journal of Civil and Human Rights. He is a member of the American Studies Association’s distinguish speaker’s bureau.

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