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June 4, 2002


Catholic University Names New Dean of Arts and Sciences


The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Lawrence Poos as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, effective Aug. 1, 2002.

Lawrence Poos


Professor Poos, who has taught history at Catholic University since 1983 and became ordinary professor in 1994, was chair of the history department from 1995 to 2001 and currently serves on three university boards and committees. An internationally known scholar in the field of medieval English history, he also serves as a faculty representative to the Catholic University Board of Trustees.


“Dr. Poos’ record of achievement as a recognized scholar and as an effective departmental chairperson is most impressive. He brings to this position incredible personal and academic strengths and a thorough knowledge of the university,” Father O’Connell said. “His commitment to the university's mission and its Catholic identity and values bodes well for our future in the School of Arts and Sciences of The Catholic University of America."


“Dr. Poos is a world-class scholar who has a great appreciation of the liberal arts and a strong commitment to quality education,” said CUA Provost John Convey. “His understanding of the university and his strong leadership and management skills will serve him well in his role as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.”


Before joining Catholic University, Poos was a visiting lecturer at the University of East Anglia in 1983 and a fellow at Fitzwilliam College at Cambridge University from 1980 to 1983.


He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University in 1976. In 1984, he was awarded a doctoral degree in history from Cambridge University’s Trinity College.


Professor Poos's research interests center upon English and Western European history between 1300 to 1600.  He has written more than 20 articles, ranging in topic from social history and the history of the family and population demography in pre-modern times to the early history of property law.  He has written or co-written four books: his most recent was about the lower ecclesiastical courts in England in the 14th and 15th centuries.  His current project is a book tentatively titled Love, Hate and the Law in Tudor England: The Three Wives of Ralph Rishton” a case-study of the tumultuous life and multiple lawsuits of a minor gentleman in Tudor Lancashire.  His teaching interests also include a side field in Japanese history, and for his next project he intends to write about the comparative history of the island nations of Britain and Japan before the year 1000.


In the December 2001 issue of Washingtonian Magazine, Professor Poos was named one of the city’s “Best and Brightest” as a top historian specializing in medieval English society. The issue was dedicated to profiling local residents who are considered “world class” in their fields.




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