Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty, and Interim Chair, Literary Arts
Janet Blume is the senior associate dean of the faculty (2011-present) at Brown University. In that role, she has served as the interim chair of various departments and centers, including Hispanic Studies, French Studies, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, and Environmental Studies. She is currently serving as the interim chair of the Literary Arts Department. Janet received a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude in 1982, followed by a PhD. in Applied Mechanics from the California Institute of Technology in 1986. She immediately joined the faculty in Engineering at Brown as a member of the Mechanics of Solids and Structures group, doing research in the mathematical issues of the behavior of solids undergoing large deformations. She has received the Philip J. Bray award for Excellence in Teaching in the Physical Sciences (1997), the School of Engineering Dedicated Faculty Award (2009), and the Karen T. Romer Prize for Excellence in Advising (2011). Janet is proud to be the drummer and founding member of the Brown faculty rock band, Dirty Filthy Basement.