Caroline Levander

  • Rice University

Caroline Levander serves as Rice University’s Vice President for Global and Digital Strategies and Program Development as well as Carlson Professor in the Humanities.  She is responsible for expanding the university’s global impact through the development of new partnerships and academic programs, and for innovating Rice’s teaching and learning enterprise through digital technologies. In this role Levander works closely with university faculty to direct Rice’s growing strategy for international engagement and impact in four major geographic areas: Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa. Levander oversees all university online curricula and has built the university’s in-house provider for digital content and innovation, Rice Online Learning. Her office works to build and maintain external digital education partnerships, related K-20 initiatives and other university collaborations, such as OpenStax College.  An award-winning cultural and literary critic and Carlson Professor of Humanities and English at Rice University, Levander teaches, talks, and writes about American life and culture. Her writing has recently appeared in SlateThe New York Times, and Business Insider, and her latest book, Hotel Life: the Story of a Place Where Anything Can Happen, is about the everyday work of one of the world’s most fascinating and strange institutions. Levander’s current book is an alternative cultural history of American political life, entitled Confounding Fathers: The Hidden History of the Men Who Threatened to Make America Great. Recently, Levander completed a 2017 Fulbright Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and a 2016 Senior Fellow at the Freie Universität Graduate School, Berlin. She has been funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to lead an international summit on the Future Global University in 2018. She is the recipient of additional grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Huntington Library, the Brown Foundation, the Moody Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Science’s National Leadership grant. Levander serves on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association.