Richard A. Greenwald

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences at Fairfield University

Dr. Greenwald serves as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University and a professor of history. Prior to joining Fairfield on July 1, 2017, he was the dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Dr. Greenwald has a strong background in liberal arts education, having served in both public and private institutions. Before Brooklyn College, he was the executive dean at St. Joseph’s College in New York, and the chair and founding director of the Business Studies Program, dean of the Graduate School, and director of University Partnerships at Drew University, among many other appointments. He has been a teacher of history, business and sociology since 1995, and received his PhD in American History from New York University.

Named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the leading “higher-education thought leaders,” Dr. Greenwald’s extensive scholarship and writings have been published in major national outlets including Inside Higher Education, The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Boston Globe, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and New York Daily News, among others. He is a columnist for The Daily Beast as well as at The Baffler.


  • Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

    Current role