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Meet the Dean

Robin G. Schulze is a Professor of English and Dean of Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Yale University (1983), and her first and second Master’s degrees in Music (1986) and English (1987) and her PhD in English (1991) from the University of Michigan. She specializes in Modernist American Poetry, Textual Scholarship and Editorial Theory, and Modernist Literature and Culture.

Prior to her appointment, Schulze served as Associate Dean for the Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware from 2014-2016. She came to Delaware from Penn State University where she taught for more than a decade before accepting the position of Head of the Department of English in 2007.

An expert in the poet Marianne Moore, Schulze has authored four books and over 20 scholarly articles. Titles include Critics and Poets on Marianne Moore: A Right Good Salvo of Barks (Bucknell University Press, 2005), Becoming Marianne Moore: The Early Poems 1907-1924 (University of California Press, 2002), and The Web of Friendship: Marianne Moore and Wallace Stevens (University of Michigan Press, 1995). Her most recent book, The Degenerate Muse: American Nature, Modernist Poetry, and the Problem of Cultural Hygiene (Oxford University Press, 2013), examines the link between nature and degeneration as expressed by three foremost modernist poets.

For her research and writing, Schulze has received prestigious grants from the UNIDEL Foundation (2015), the American Philosophical Society (2005-2006), and the Oregon State University Center for the Humanities (2005-2006), among others. Additional awards include the Class of 1933 Prize for Distinction in the Humanities (2005) and the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1998).

Schulze is the current president and executive board member of the Society for Textual Scholarship, and a past executive director. She is also an editorial board member for Modernism/Modernity and an executive board member for the Modernist Networks Project, Loyola University. She has chaired or sat on several national and university committees, including the MLA Committee for Scholarly Additions.

A former professional musician, Schulze studied under noted harpist Eileen Malone at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She toured nationally as a harpist from 1980-1985.

Flexibility, Initiative, Courage: A Conversation with Dean Robin Schulze