Erich 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.
Dietrich serves on the Board of AIEA, the association of leaders in international higher education, and is former Chair of NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL-KC). He also sits on the Advisory Board of CASSIE, the Consortium for Analysis of Student Success through International Education, a federally funded research project that expands the empirical evidence on international education and student outcomes by establishing a national databank and co-laboratory that enables a quantitative approach to understanding the impact of international education experiences on college success.
With a research focus on Brazil, Dietrich has served on the advisory board for the Institute of International Education’s International Academic Partnership Program for Brazil, which promotes collaborations in higher education. 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.”
Prior to joining the department, 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 received a Fulbright International Education Award to India in 2016. He was invited in 2019 by the US Embassy in Greece and the Greek Ministry of Education to conduct capacity-building workshops for study abroad in Greece. He is a 2022 recipient of NYU Steinhardt's Teaching Excellence Award.