Bristol names new Dean
Bristol Community College names new Dean of Arts and Humanities
Dr. Shirin Esther Edwin, from Dallas, Texas, has been named Bristol Community College’s Dean of Arts and Humanities. She comes to Bristol after working as Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University (NYU) Shanghai, in Shanghai, China, and as Global Network Associate Professor at New York University (NYU), New York, N.Y.
Shirin’s teaching, research and service interests focus on topics of social, gendered and religious justice, self-determination and self-expression in postcolonial and comparative African and Islamic literature. She began her new role at Bristol on Monday, July 13.
Dr. Edwin earned her Bachelor of Arts in English literature at Mount Carmel College in Bangalore, India; her Master of Arts in French from Bangalore University in Bengaluru, India; and her doctorate in French and Francophone literature from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn.
Shirin was named New York University (NYU) Shanghai’s Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Global Network Associate Professor in 2018. At NYU Shanghai, she served as Area Leader of Humanities and as Co-Director of the First Year Program, Global Perspectives on Society. During this time, she co-founded and co-organized the Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Discussion Group to promote scholarship and discussion on gender-related topics and diversity.
Dr. Erwin also previously served as the Associate Professor of French at Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, Texas, from 2005-2017. In that role, she developed several recruitment, retention and academic enrichment initiatives on student success for the French program, working closely with international, non-traditional, first-generation students and students from underrepresented communities.
Throughout her professional career, she has also authored several articles in academic journals and presented papers on pedagogy, diversity and research in languages, literatures and gender at the Modern Language Association, National Women’s Studies Association, among other scholarly venues. She has published Privately Empowered: Expressing Islamic Feminism in Northern Nigerian Fiction (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and her book on transnational feminism, The Space of the Transnational, is forthcoming with SUNY Press.