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Jo Ann Moran Cruz named dean of Loyola's College of Humanities and Natural Sciences

Loyola press release - June 26, 2008

Jo Ann Moran Cruz, Ph.D., has been selected as the new dean of Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Humanities and Natural Sciences. She will begin work at Loyola in January 2009.

Cruz is currently fulfilling a teaching commitment in Doha, Qatar as part of current position with Georgetown University. In Qatar, Cruz will teach courses in European civilization and a course on E.M. Forster at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in Education City. She will also continue work on a book titled, “Religion and the State in the Christian and Muslim Worlds.”

Cruz currently serves as an associate professor of history at Georgetown University and she has previously served on the faculties of George Washington University, Vanderbilt University and Boston College.

“Loyola attracted me not only because of the warmth of the people I have met but also because of its Jesuit mission. Having studied Jesuit education and lived among Jesuit educators, I am extremely happy to continue my career in an environment that fosters the Jesuit ideals,” said Cruz.

During her tenure at Georgetown, Cruz was the co-founder and former director of the medieval studies program. She also has worked to establish a catholic studies program and directed international initiatives in collaboration with the university’s provost office. She has held numerous positions with the Georgetown faculty senate and has been involved with faculty governance in a variety of areas, including athletics and continuing studies.

“I come from an interdisciplinary background in medieval studies. Loyola already offers a foundation in interdisciplinary studies and its common curriculum allows students to explore and learn from numerous disciplines while simultaneously gaining expertise in the area of their choice through a major. This effort to integrate the sciences and the humanities and disciplinary strengths with interdisciplinary awareness is part of a Jesuit ideal that I look forward to supporting,” said Cruz.

Cruz has authored and co-authored several books and monographs including, “The Growth of English Schooling 1340-1548: Learning, Literacy and Laicization in pre-Reformation York Diocese,” “Medieval Worlds: An Introduction to European History 300-1492” and “Education and Learning in the City of York, 1300-1560.” She also has authored articles in a number of publications including Dante Studies,Medieval Perspectives and Dictionary of the Middle Ages.

Cruz received her doctorate degree in medieval and early modern European history, with a focus on England from Brandeis University. Cruz also has a master’s degree in history from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University.