William Arens, PhD

William ArensVice Provost, Global Affairs,
Dean of International Academic Programs and
Services Director, Confucius Institute

William Arens the Vice Provost of Global Affairs, Dean of International Academic Programs and Services Director of the Confucius Institute. He joined SBU's faculty in 1970 as an Assistant Professor after receiving his PhD in Social anthropology from the University of Virginia in Social Anthropology based upon field research in Tanzania. Over the years he has served as the Faculty Director of the Human Development Residential College, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and since 2004, Dean of International Academic Programs and Services. He was named Vice Provost for Global Affairs in December, 2012.

Honors and Awards include US National Defense Foreign Language and National Institutes of Mental Health Fellowships, Social Science Research Council Senior Fellowship for the Sudan, Fulbright Fellowships for Tanzania and Sweden, a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In addition to articles, essays and reviews, books include On the Frontier of Change (1979, University of Michigan Press), The Man-Eating Myth (1979, Oxford University Press), The Original Sin (1986, Oxford University Press). He is also editor or co-editor of, The American Dimension (1976, Alfred Press), A Century of Change in Eastern African (1976, Mouton Press), and The Creativity of Power (1989, Smithsonian Press.)