Mojgan Behmand, PhD

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Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Dominican Experience

Academic Affairs Literature, Language and Humanities

Dean Behmand currently serves as Associate VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Dominican Experience, having previously held a number of administrative positions including acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of General Studies, Director of the General Education program, and Director of Faculty Development. She was founding director of Dominican’s First Year Experience "Big History" program and creator and co-editor of the book Teaching Big History published by UC Press in 2014. She has published and presented widely on topics such as comprehensive curricular revision, faculty development, and institutional culture change, Big History pedagogy, and medieval Persian epics and passion plays. She has an affinity for specialty courses on individual and communal identity, 19th-century women’s literature, Gothic novels, and world literature.


Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany, MA and PhD, English and American Studies; English Medieval Studies and Political Science Minors.

Research Interests

19th Century Victorian Novel, the Brontës, Jane Austen, the Novel of Sensation, The Gothic Novel, English Medieval Epics, Persian Book of Kings, Big History, Teaching Big History, Curricular Development, Faculty Development, Curricular Redesign

Honors and Awards

  • Teacher of the Year, Dominican University of California, 2010

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