Peter Awn

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Peter Awn

Peter Awn is Dean of the School of General Studies, Professor in the Department of Religion, and Director of the Middle East Institute. He's been on the faculty at Columbia University since 1978 and Dean of General Studies since 1997. He served as Interim Dean of the School of Continuing Education from when it separated from GS until 2009.

Awn is a religion scholar of Arab descent, and often teaches a famously intensive survey course on Islam during the spring semester. Previously he regularly taught LitHum. He's a "Silver Nugget" on CULPA receiving large praise for his lectures[1].

Awn received a B.A. from Fordham University, an M.Div. from Woodstock College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.[2] He was previously a Jesuit priest.[3]

Preceded by
Gillian Lindt
Dean of the School of General Studies 
Succeeded by