Associate Dean of Faculty, Division of Social Sciences

Linden holds a Ph.D. and M.A.  from The American University and a B.A. from the University of the West Indies.

After serving as a Visiting Professor in the fall of 1988, Professor Lewis joined the Bucknell University Department of Sociology & Anthropology as a tenure-track member in 1991, received tenure in 1997, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2006.  He currently holds the position of Presidential Professor.  Since his arrival at Bucknell he has taken on a number of leadership positions that have prepared him for this position while maintaining an active scholarly agenda.  As a university leader, he is called upon for participation in, and contributions to, many campus initiatives where he serves as mentor, panelist, and presenter.

Linden served as Chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology from 2007-2010 giving him insight into issues facing departments and programs in the social sciences division.  During his time at Bucknell, he has served in roles that have given him experience with many facets of the University.  These roles include serving on the Committee for Academic Freedom and Tenure (2005-2008), the Honorary Degrees Committee (2013-2015), the Review of Tenure and Promotion Task Force (1994), the Review of Tenure and Promotion Task Force (2007), the nominating committee for CAFT (2013), the Community Judicial Board (1999-2002), University Lectureship Committee (2000-2007), and Faculty Presidential Advisory Committee (2003).

During his tenure, Linden has exhibited dedication to diversity-related issues at Bucknell.  He served on university-wide task forces on diversity and climate change during the terms of Presidents Adams and Mitchell.  The work of these two task forces led to Bucknell’s diversity policy statement and diversity plan which have served as the plinth of the university’s strategic plan for diversity.  Some of Linden’s administrative activities connected to diversity include co-director of the Race/Gender Resource Center (1994-1996), member of the Race/Gender Center Board (1991-1996, 1997-2003), member of the Advisory Board of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies (2010-present), member of the Advisory Board of the Bucknell in Ghana Study Abroad Program, member of the Women’s Studies Board (1994-1996), co-chair of the search for the Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs and Associate Dean (1995), co-chair of the search for the Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity (2006), and co-chair of the Bridge Planning Task Force on Diversity (2005-2006).  This lengthy and rich experience will be invaluable in informing his work as Associate Dean.

Linden has been an active teacher scholar whose work addresses issues related to race and gender.  He is the editor or author of five books and has published numerous articles as well as refereeing scholarly work in his discipline.  His course offerings have dealt with issues of race, gender, and globalization in the Afro-Caribbean and African-American context.  As a recognized scholar in his field, he served as President of the Caribbean Studies Association (2009-2010).  His experience in the classroom and as a scholar will position Linden well to contribute to enhancing the teaching and research reputation of the division and, more broadly, the College.


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