About the Dean

Thaine Stearns, Ph.D.
School of Arts and Humanities

Stearns has served as Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities since July 2011. He has been at Sonoma State University since Fall 2003. Prior to his current position, he was an associate professor in the English department. His scholarly and teaching interests are in twentieth-century British, U.S. and European literatures, visual culture, literary theory, and the novel.  An active scholar, he has published several reviews and articles on Virginia Woolf and American literature; James Joyce and Dora Marsden; Rebecca West and T.S. Eliot; and on Wyndham Lewis, Vladimir Nabokov, and William Carlos Williams. His Ph.D. is from the University of Washington in Seattle (1999), and he has held teaching posts at the University of Washington, the Pacific Northwest School of Art, and in the University of Wisconsin system.

Before returning to school to become an English professor, he earned a BA in business and worked for several years as a banker.