Announcing Alexander Sens, Ph.D., as Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

January 28, 2020

Dear Members of the Georgetown Community:

I write to provide an update on the leadership transition at our Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  It is with great pleasure that I write today to share that Alexander Sens, Ph.D., has been appointed Interim Dean of the Graduate School.  He will begin in this position on February 1, 2020.

Alex currently serves as the Markos and Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Chair of Hellenic Studies in our Classics Department and Senior Associate Dean for Program Development in our Graduate School.  Since joining our University community in 1991, he has held a number of leadership positions, including serving as Chair of our University Committee on Rank and Tenure and, from 2001 to 2007, as Chair of the Classics Department.  Under his leadership, the Classics Department established a post-baccalaureate program for students seeking to deepen their knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek, among other achievements.

Alex’s scholarship focuses on Greek poetry of the late-Classical and early-Hellenistic periods and its engagement with earlier literature.  He has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books including The Alexandra of Lycophron: A Literary StudyAsclepiades of SamosEpigrams and FragmentsArchestratos of Gela: Text, Translation, and Commentary; and Theocritus: Dioscuri, as well as a forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press entitled Hellenistic Epigrams.  In addition to his scholarship, Alex is a dedicated teacher, and received the President’s Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers in 2017.

Alex has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to strengthening our University through his role as Senior Associate Dean for Program Development, working closely with faculty and leadership across our University to design and launch interdisciplinary Master’s programs, including an MS in Addiction Policy and Practice.  Most recently, he has contributed to University-wide efforts to create programs engaging with issues of sustainability and the environment, innovation for economic inclusion, and systems engineering.

Alex received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Please join me in welcoming Alex to the role of Interim Dean and expressing appreciation for his exceptional commitment to our University community.


John J. DeGioia