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Aug. 19, 2004

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UI Names Desmond New Associate Dean Of International Programs

Jane Desmond, an associate professor of American studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named the associate dean of UI International Programs, effective immediately.

As associate dean, Desmond will promote international scholarship and education across campus and in the community. She will supervise International Programs academic centers and programs as well as its office of research and development. She will seek enhanced support for faculty research and creative work and will also oversee the International Programs curricula, including the international studies undergraduate major and the master's degree in interdisciplinary studies (international studies).

Desmond, who was named a UI Global Scholar in 2000, has analyzed the intellectual practices of "American Studies" in a number of foreign countries including Germany, South Africa, Russia, India, Japan and Hungary to develop a model of "critical internationalism." She serves on a variety of international boards, including the executive council of the new International American Studies Association, and is currently North American Editor for the London-based journal, "Comparative American Studies." In 2000 she held the Otto Salgo Chair in American Studies at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.

She received her doctorate in American Studies from Yale University in 1993 and joined the UI faculty that year. She has also served as co-founder and co- director of the International Forum for U.S. Studies (IFUSS) since 1995 and is active nationally and internationally in developing increased contact among scholars of the U.S. around the world. She co-directs IFUSS with Virginia Dominguez, UI anthropology professor. Since fall 2003, she has been an IP affiliated faculty.

Desmond's scholarly interests focus on issues of bodily display and social stratification and categorization, particularly in the areas of performance studies, feminist theory and cultural studies. She publishes on tourism, popular culture, dance, the arts and visual display in addition to her scholarly work on the politics of "American Studies" as an enterprise around the world.

Desmond is the author or editor of three books including her book on the cultural politics of tourism and live performance, "Staging Tourism: Bodies on Display from Waikiki to Sea World"(1999). She is also the editor of two books which draw on her first career as a professional modern dance choreographer,  "Meaning in Motion: New Cultural Studies of Dance,"(1997) and "Dancing Desires: Choreographing Sexuality on and off the Stage"(2001). Her work has appeared in a variety of academic journals including "American Quarterly." "Signs," "Cultural Critique," "Positions:  East Asian Cultural Critique" and "International American Studies," among many others.

"I'm very much looking forward to this opportunity to work with Bill Reisinger and the whole staff at International Programs. Despite the University's struggle with budget cuts over the last few years, IP has remained a vigorous site for innovative scholarship, curricular development, and programming," Desmond said. "As associate dean, I will be putting special emphasis on continuing to build this momentum, especially with regard to faculty needs and student-centered programs. My predecessor Teresa Mangum has done a magnificent job, and I hope to continue and to expand many of the new initiatives that were developed under her direction as well as pursue some new possibilities."

William Reisinger, UI associate provost for academic programs and dean of International Programs, noted Desmond's superb qualifications for this position.

"Desmond has long been an advocate for and participant in international education at Iowa. She is a popular teacher and renowned scholar who bridges the humanities, social sciences and performing arts," Reisinger said. "Her leadership of the IFUSS program has significantly enriched the international environment on our campus and enhanced the university's reputation abroad. She will do a wonderful job of guiding our degree programs and overseeing the broad range of scholarly activities that IP supports."

UI International Programs consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

Desmond succeeds Teresa Mangum, associate professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who served a one-year interim term in this position.

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