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Maria Green Cowles

Maria Green Cowles, Ph.D.

Dean of the Graduate School

Tel: 301-696-3811
Office: Apple 3rd Floor


  • M.S., Ph.D., American University
  • B.S., Concordia College
  • Post-doctoral work: Georgetown University


Maria Green Cowles, Ph.D., brings more than two decades of leadership experience in higher education. A recognized scholar on the European Union and business-government relations, she was appointed dean of the Graduate School in January 2013.

Prior to coming to Hood, Cowles was associate dean at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for the academic affairs of 2,500 graduate and undergraduate students, 100-plus tenure-line and term faculty and more than 75 adjunct instructors. She helped spearhead a number of new graduate and undergraduate initiatives, including the university’s first-ever three-year bachelor of arts program and the graduate practica program. Other positions she has held include the director of special programs and the associate director of the University Honors Program.

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, Cowles has co-edited three books on Europe and the EU and has written scores of articles, book chapters and papers. She was appointed vice president of the European Community Studies Association. She also 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.