Tarshia Stanley, PhD

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Tarshia Stanley, PhD is the dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences at St. Catherine University.

Stanley came to St. Kate’s in 2018 after nearly two decades at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she served as the Director of E.W. Githii Honors Program, and before that as the chair of the Department of English. Her areas of focus are film and media studies and African American speculative fiction. 

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A 2013 graduate of the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute and a member of the 2016 Executive Leadership Academy cohort at UC Berkeley, Dean Stanley’s work as an administrator keeps students at the center of the narrative. She resonates with the mission at St. Kate’s and likes to think of herself as working on an assembly line where she helps to create the conditions in which revolutionary and evolutionary young leaders can thrive. 

Stanley earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Duke University. She attended the University of Florida for her graduate studies, where she earned both her master's and doctorate in English. She continues to write fiction in her spare time and is working on a sequel to her 2013 novel.