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Campus welcomes new graduate school dean

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A scholar with two decades of experience in higher education has been named dean of the Graduate School at Hood.

Maria Green Cowles comes to Hood from American University in Washington, D.C., where she held a number of teaching and administrative positions, including associate dean for academic affairs at the School of International Service and associate director of the university's honors program.

Cowles earned her doctorate in international relations and her master's degree in European integration at American, and her bachelor's degree in international business and French from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. She served as an SSRC-MacArthur Fellow at Harvard University, University of California-Berkeley and the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium; and as a post-doctoral Fellow at the Georgetown Center for German and European Studies and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, D.C.

She is an expert and prolific author in the areas of U.S.-European relations, the European Union, international relations, governance, public policy, business-government relations and e-commerce. She has co-edited three books on Europe and the EU and has written scores of articles, book chapters and papers.

At Hood, Cowles will oversee 15 master's degree and six certificate programs. About 1,000 students are currently enrolled in the graduate school, which was established at Hood in 1971.

Cowles, who is the 12th dean of the graduate school, succeeds Allen Flora, professor of physics, who will continue teaching at Hood.