Dr. Strom Thacker became Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs in July 2016. Dr. Thacker received his undergraduate degree from Pomona College where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and developed what he calls “a deep and abiding affection for and lifelong passion for the liberal arts.” He received his MA. And Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He previously served as Professor of International Relations and Political Science in the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and as the Associate Dean of the Faculty, Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences at BU. In that role, he was responsible for 8 departments and 15 interdisciplinary centers, involving 190 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty and over 3,600 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. He had earlier served as the Director of the University’s Latin American Studies Program.
Dr. Thacker has a distinguished record as a teacher and scholar. He received the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence at Boston University. He has published two books, both with Cambridge University Press: A Centripetal Theory of Democratic Governance (with John Gerring) and Big Business, the State, and Free Trade: Construction Coalitions in Mexico. Additionally, he has published numerous articles and book chapters and presented a many professional conferences. He has received a number of prestigious appointments. Among them are: Visiting Fellow at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Visiting Scholar at MIT; Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard; Susan Louise Dyer Peace Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford; and, Visiting Fulbright Researcher at Instituto Techonlógico Autónomo de México.
In his role as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Thacker has overall responsibility for the academic program and services as well as the Departments of Athletics and Information Technology Services.