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Antonio D. Tillis, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and M. D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston

Dr. Antonio D. Tillis is the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and the M.D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston (UH). As the chief academic and administrative officer of CLASS, he oversees 13 academic departments, 10 academic areas and programs, 13 academic centers, six clinical service units, and over 630 faculty members. CLASS is the largest and most diverse of the 15 academic colleges on the UH campus, with an annual graduating population of more than 11,000 students.

Dr. Tillis received his Ph.D. in Latin American literature with an Afro-Hispanic emphasis from the University of Missouri. He also holds an M.A. in Spanish literature from Howard University and a B.S. in Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

Prior to joining UH, Dr. Tillis served as dean of the School of Languages, Culture and World Affairs at the College of Charleston, chair of African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College, and the inaugural chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at Purdue University.

Dr. Tillis is an internationally acclaimed scholar and author with specializations in Latin American, Afro-Latin American and African Diaspora literature. He is the authored, edited and co-edited the following: The Afro-Hispanic Reader and Anthology (with Paulette Ramsay, Ian Randal, 2018), The Trayvon Martin in ‘US’: An American Tragedy (with Emmanuel Harris, Peter Lang, 2015), Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American Literature (Routledge, 2012, paperback 2013), Manuel Zapata Olivella e o escurecimento da literatura latino-americana (State University of Rio de Janeiro Press, 2013), (Re)Considering Blackness in Contemporary Afro-Brazilian (Con)Texts: A Cultural Studies Reader (Peter Lang, 2011); Caribbean-African Upon Awakening: Poetry by Blas Jiménez (Mango Publishing 2010);; and Manuel Zapata Olivella and the “Darkening” of Latin American Literature (Missouri 2005). Dr. Tillis’ work has been featured in top journals, including Callaloo, Hispanic Journal, Mosaic, CLA Journal, and Transit Circle.

Dr. Tillis is the recipient of many prestigious honors and has served in various leadership roles. He was named one of the Top 50 African American Professionals and Entrepreneurs in Houston by d-mars Business Journal, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner declared March 7, 2017 “Dr. Antonio D. Tillis Day.” Dr. Tillis was named the 2012 Lorna Hill Professor of the Year at Dartmouth College, served as president of the College Language Association from 2008 to 2010, and received the 2007 University Faculty Scholar award at Purdue University.

A native of Memphis, Dr. Tillis is a sought-after lecturer who has served as a visiting scholar at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, the State University of Rio de Janiero and the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. He has developed relationships with numerous universities in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, France, Peru, Trinidad, Jamaica, Sweden, France, England, Costa Rica, Peru, Ghana, China and Spain.

Email:adtillis@central.uh.edu

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About Our College

CREATIVITY. POSSIBILITIES. TRANSFORMATION.

CLASS is the heart of the University, dedicated to spurring intellectual curiosity, creativity, and transformative education. Encompassing humanities, social sciences, and health sciences, CLASS is truly a mosaic of disciplines that broaden perspectives, inspire potential, and advance possibilities yet unimagined. CLASS is the heart of the University, dedicated to spurring intellectual curiosity, creativity, and transformative education. Encompassing humanities, social sciences, and health sciences, CLASS is truly a mosaic of disciplines that broaden perspectives, inspire potential, and advance possibilities yet unimagined. 

Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) at the University of Houston, home to 14 schools and departments, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is the largest and most diverse of the 14 academic colleges at the University of Houston.

Undergraduate and graduate majors cover the full range of the human experience – from anthropology to human space exploration sciences. The College also offers social and cultural analysis in African American, Mexican American, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality, and other interdisciplinary studies program.

CLASS extends its scholarship to the University, the city of Houston, and the nation through its policy, research, and cultural centers, which include the Hobby Center for Public Policy, the Center for Immigration Research, and the University Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic.

With over 500 faculty members, CLASS educates nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, preparing them for future studies and professional achievements.

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  • 2,000Course Offerings
  • 643Faculty Members
  • 70+Degree Offerings
  • 13Academic Departments
  • 10,000+Students

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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