Tim Cresswell was named Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of American Studies on July 1, 2016.
Cresswell comes to Trinity from Northeastern University in Boston, where he served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Professor of History and International Affairs, and Associate Director for Public Humanities at the Northeastern Humanities Center.
Before assuming his academic and administrative responsibilities at Northeastern, Cresswell served in administration and on the faculties of Royal Holloway, University of London; the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Lampeter; and the University of Connecticut. He has held honorary faculty positions at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland and at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Cresswell holds a B.A. in geography from University College London in the United Kingdom; an M.S. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a second Ph.D. in English – creative writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. The author of 11 books, Cresswell is an internationally recognized geographer who is intrigued by issues of place and mobility. His most recent work focuses on Maxwell Street Market in Chicago and on its evolution over 130 years. In addition, he is a poet who explores similar themes about space and place in his two collections: Soil, published in 2013, and Fence, published in 2015.