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Loyola welcomes new dean to College of Social Sciences

Loyola press release - June 26, 2008

Luis Mirón, Ph.D., has been selected as the new dean for the college of social sciences at Loyola University New Orleans.

Mirón joins Loyola from Miami, Fla., where he has served as the dean of the college of education at Florida International University. Previously, he was a professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and has also served on the faculties of University of California, Berkeley (2000); University of California, Irvine (1995-2001); University of New Orleans (1990-1995); and Loyola University New Orleans (1987-1989).

Mirón received his doctorate in Latin American studies with an emphasis on the politics and sociology of education (interdisciplinary) from Tulane University in 1986.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to return to Loyola and home to New Orleans. I am eager to continue the work of launching the new College of Science and participate in the rebuilding process,” said Mirón. "Loyola is a crown jewel of higher education in the city and the South."

“My overarching goal as dean of the new college is the formulation of a shared vision and strategic plan that can guide the college over the next five years. Establishing a sense of institutional identity is key,” said Mirón.


By training and scholarly orientation, Mirón is a social scientist. He maintains a successful record in forging interdisciplinary teaching, research and public service initiatives.

He has held administrative leadership positions at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) for six years, including a year as program director of Chicano-Latino Studies within the school of social sciences. He also served as chair of the freestanding department of education at UCI where, with help from private funding, he established one of the campus' first web-based collaborative service and research centers.

As dean of the college of education at Florida International University, he organized an interdisciplinary task force to explore joint graduate programs between the college of education and the department of sociology and anthropology.

While at the University of Illinois, he guided students in the use of technology and of visual media to collect and analyze demographic and ethnographic data to understand the implications of Katrina upon low-income housing and on schools.

Mirón has authored and co-authored several books including Resisting Discrimination: Affirmative Strategies for Principals and Teachers; Race, Identity, and Citizenship; and Urban Schools: The new Social Spaces of Resistance. He has also authored articles in a number of prestigious journals including Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies, Educational Researcher and Educational Theory.