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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Ann Cudd

Dean of Arts & Sciences

Ann E. Cudd is Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. In her role as dean, she has worked to increase diversity and inclusion at the College, fundraising tirelessly for need-based scholarships and taking concrete steps to increase faculty diversity. She has identified five areas of research and teaching excellence within the College as priorities for investment: the digital revolution in the arts & sciences, neuroscience, climate change and sustainability, the humanities, and the study of inequality. A champion of the arts and sciences, she has been instrumental in launching a dialogue among Boston colleges and universities about the importance of liberal education.

Prior to joining BU in 2015, Cudd was Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas. Among other roles during her 27 years at KU, she directed the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program and served as associate dean for the humanities in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Her award-winning 2006 book, Analyzing Oppression (Oxford University Press), examines the economic, social, and psychological causes and effects of oppression. Her recent work concerns the moral value of capitalism, conceptions of domestic violence in international law, and the injustice of educational inequality. She is past president and founding member of the Society for Analytical Feminism and vice president and president-elect of the American section of the International Society for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (AMINTAPHIL). She received her BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Swarthmore College and an MA in Economics and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.