Richard H. Brodhead


Richard H. Brodhead is the ninth President of Duke University and the William Preston Few Professor of English. He is a scholar of 19th century American literature and a national leader in higher education.

Since arriving at Duke in 2004, Brodhead has enriched undergraduate education and led the expansion of Duke’s financial aid endowment. Under his leadership Duke established the Duke Global Health Institute ( and launched the signature program DukeEngage (, which gives Duke undergraduates the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in service to society, either in the U.S. or around the world.

Brodhead oversaw the creation of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School ( in partnership with the National University of Singapore. Duke Kunshan University (, a new joint venture institution created by Duke University and Wuhan University in China, will enroll its first students in the fall 2014. He is also a champion of the relationship between Duke and the City of Durham, N.C.

Brodhead was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004, and serves as co-chair of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences (, created by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as a trustee of the Carnegie Corp. of New York from 2004 to 2012. In 2013, Brodhead was named a trustee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Brodhead graduated from Yale in 1968 and received his Ph.D. there in 1972. He then joined the Yale faculty and was the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of English and American Studies. Brodhead also served as chair of the English Department and was dean of Yale College for 11 years. He has written or edited more than a dozen books on American literature.