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Erich Dietrich

Erich Dietrich

Clinical Professor of Higher Education and International Education

Administration, Leadership, and Technology


Erich Dietrich is on leave from NYU Steinhardt from 2023-2026, having taken the position of Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Dietrich researches, publishes and teaches on the history and internationalization of higher education, equity in access to higher education, and affirmative action policies in a comparative, international context.

With a research focus on diversity and equity in higher education, Professor Dietrich has published on affirmative action policies in Brazil and has served on the advisory board for the Institute of International Education’s International Academic Partnership Program for Brazil. He regularly teaches a graduate-level study abroad course, Race, Class and Equity in Higher Education in Brazil. He is co-PI on a grant from the CAPES Foundation of the Brazilian Ministry of Education on “Access and Retention of Black Students in Higher Education: Advances and Challenges in a Comparative Perspective.”

Dietrich is co-Director with Prof. Sebastian Cherng of the SAGE (Study Away and Global Education) Research Project, which includes CASSIE, the Consortium for Analysis of Student Success through International Education, a federally funded, quantitative research project that expands the empirical evidence on international education and student outcomes with data from over 40 colleges and universities.  

Dietrich serves as an Ambassador for the Magna Charta Universitatum Observatory, and is a former Board Member of AIEA, the association of leaders in international higher education, and former Chair of NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL-KC). 

From 2009-2019, Dietrich was Assistant Vice President of NYU Global Programs and Associate Dean of Global Affairs at NYU Steinhardt. He holds a PhD from New York University, a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA, magna cum laude, from Carleton College. 

Dietrich is a 2022 recipient of NYU Steinhardt's Teaching Excellence Award, and received a Fulbright International Education Award to India in 2016. By invitation from the US Embassy in Greece and the Greek Ministry of Education, he conducted capacity-building workshops for study abroad in Greece in 2019. He currently serves as Academic Director for the NYU Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed Scholars Program and the NYUAD Summer Academy.  

Selected Publications

Dietrich, Erich and Simmons Jendayi, D. (in progress). “Student Affairs Responses to Shifting Racial and Ethnic Demographics at HBCUs.” Target Journal: Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Dietrich, Erich (2022). “Affirmative Action in Brazil is Not an Import from the United States,” (Ações Afirmativas no Brasil não são uma importação dos Estados Unidos). Nexo Journal, São Paulo, Brazil.

Dietrich, Erich (2015). “Ambition with Resistance: Affirmative Action in Brazil’s Public Universities,” book chapter in Race, Politics and Education in Brazil, Rosana Heringer and Ollie Johnson, eds.   

Dietrich, Erich (2014), ed. Access to Higher Education in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Countries. Volume 16 Number 1 / May 2014 of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, DOI:


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