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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 became Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on August 1, 2015. She is also appointed as Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Boston University.

Prior to coming to BU, she was Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas. While at Kansas she oversaw the development and launch of a new university-wide, learning outcome based, general education curriculum. As Vice Provost she supervised first year experiences, undergraduate research, and advising services for deciding and pre-professional students. In 2014, she co-chaired the Working Group on Alcohol and Sexual Assault Prevention Education. Prior to her term as Vice Provost and Dean, Cudd was the Associate Dean for Humanities, where she developed the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, and oversaw the development of online and hybrid courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

A distinguished scholar and teacher, Cudd focuses in her research on themes of oppression, economic inequality, and gender. 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.

Cudd has taught a wide variety of courses in philosophy and gender studies. Her teaching incorporates innovative hybrid and experiential elements that challenge students to learn more deeply and think more critically. In 2001 she was awarded the William T. Kemper Teaching Fellowship, KU’s highest teaching award, and in 2005 the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award.

She received her BA in Mathematics and Philosophy at Swarthmore College in 1982, and an MA in Philosophy in 1984, an MA in Economics in 1986, and the PhD in Philosophy in 1988 all from the University of Pittsburgh.

An avid runner (having qualified for and run the 2005 Boston Marathon) and hiker, she also enjoys skiing and traveling. She is married to Neal Becker and they have three sons.