Lora Wildenthal served as Interim Dean of Humanities between July and December 2017, at which time the School of Humanities greeted its new Dean of Humanities, Kathleen Canning. As Interim Dean, Wildenthal focused on improving processes within the School, and was supported by Interim Associate Dean Scott Derrick as well as the rest of the staff of the Office of the Dean of Humanities. Wildenthal has served as Associate Dean of Humanities since 2015, and has resumed that post for the rest of 2018.
Wildenthal is a historian of modern Germany, European women and gender, modern colonialism, and human rights. A Rice alumna (Hanszen 1987), she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1994 and was a faculty member at Pitzer College, M.I.T., and Texas A&M University before coming to Rice in 2003. She is the author of The Language of Human Rights in West Germany (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) and German Women for Empire, 1884-1945 (Duke University Press, 2001), and has edited or co-edited two further books. Currently, she is co-editing with Prof. Jean Quataert of Binghamton University a volume of essays entitled the Routledge History of Human Rights. She teaches world history, the history of feminism, German history, and the history of human rights. More details can be found on Professor Wildenthal's webpage in Rice’s Department of History.