Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum
Besenia Rodriguez supports advising in the concentration and oversees key responsibilities related to the curriculum, including course proposal and concentration reviews, first-year and sophomore seminars, and curriculum development and assessment.
Dean Rodriguez earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors in African American Studies and Education from Brown University and her Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy in African American and American Studies from Yale University.
While at Yale, Dean Rodriguez developed expertise in 20th century anti-racist and anti-imperialist movements, comparative racial formations, and black Latin American cultural and political history. Her work has been published in Radical History Review, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society, and the anthology Transnational Blackness: Navigating the Global Color Line. She has taught courses on U.S. cultural history, critical theory, and on globalization, education, and digital culture.
Before coming to Brown, Dean Rodriguez worked as Director of Student Services at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and as a Mellon Mays program administrator at Queens College-CUNY and at Yale. She also worked for the Human Rights Research Fund and Fundación Amistad, two non-profit organizations based in New Haven and New York, respectively.
- College Curriculum Council (CCC)
- Concentration Advisors
- Curricular Development Grants
- First-Year Seminars
- Global Experiential Learning and Teaching grant program (GELT)
- Salomon Grants
- Senior Theses
- Sophomore Seminars