Cory Blad Appointed Interim Dean of the School of Liberal Arts

Blad has been a member of the Manhattan College faculty since 2009.

Portrait photo of Cory BladCory Blad, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Manhattan College, has accepted the position of interim dean of the School of Liberal Arts for the 2021-22 academic year.

Last July, Dean Keith Brower announced that he would be stepping down from his leadership position to return to the faculty. 

“Dr. Blad is an outstanding educator and faculty member who has significant leadership experience within the School and across the College,” said Provost Steven Schreiner, Ph.D. “Dr. Blad is an internationally recognized researcher and has an impressive research portfolio and interests in the areas of globalization, social theory, comparative-historical sociology, political economy, social movements, and comparative indigenous political theory.”

Blad joined Manhattan College in 2009 as an assistant professor of Sociology and soon became the director of the Urban Affairs Program, which he led until 2015. He has served as the chair of the Sociology department since 2016. 

Blad has engaged in a variety of significant College-wide service positions including: service as the deputy chair of the Council for Faculty Affairs, co-chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, member of the Middle States Accreditation Committee, and a member of the Diversity Council.

Prior to arriving at Manhattan College, he held the position of assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Blad is the author or co-author of three books, and numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, book reviews, and presentations. He holds editorial positions and has served as a reviewer for scholarly journals and publications. 

Blad received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Tennessee, his M.A. in History from Northeastern University, and his B.A. in History and Education from the University of New Hampshire.

By Pete McHugh