Dean of the Graduate School
Andrew McConnell Stott
Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of the Graduate School
Andrew McConnell Stott serves as Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of the Graduate School. Charged with advancing academic excellence and supporting academic achievement across USC’s more than 900 programs, his areas of responsibility include curriculum development, academic advising, equity, diversity and inclusion programs, experiential learning, honors, fellowships, and awards, and helping all USC students attain their academic goals, from first year freshmen to PhD.
Within the Graduate School, Dean Stott works to ensure graduate education is accessible, student-centered, and focused on successful outcomes. Under his leadership, the Graduate School partners with schools and programs across campus to deliver best practices in recruitment, admissions, mentoring, funding, academic policy, and all facets of graduate student success.
Originally from the UK, Dean Stott is a professor in the English department specializing in British popular culture from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. He is the author of numerous books, including What Blest Genius? The Jubilee that Made Shakespeare (2019), which won the National Award for Arts Writing, and The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi: Laughter, Madness and the Story of Britain’s Greatest Comedian (2009), which won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction, the Theater Library Association’s George Freedley Award, and the Sheridan Morley Prize for Biography. He has been a fellow of the British Academy, the American Council on Education, and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.