Thomas Carew

Professor of Neural Science, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU


Thomas J. Carew assumed his new role as Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU in July 2011. He was previously the Bren Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, where, in addition, he served as Chair of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education, and as a member of the system-wide Commission on Undergraduate Education. He has also held leadership roles at Yale University and Columbia University.

A renowned scholar and the author of over 180 scholarly articles and three books, Dean Carew has focused his research on the behavioral, cellular, and molecular analyses of learning and memory.

Among his many honors are the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) MERIT Award, an NIMH Career Development Award, Yale’s Dylan Hixon Prize for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences, and the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award at the University of California, Irvine.  He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and served as President of the Society for Neuroscience in 2008.

Dean Carew earned a B.A. from Loyola University, an M.A. in physiological psychology from California State College, and his Ph.D. in physiological psychology from the University of California, Riverside.  He also received an honorary M.A. from Yale University in 1984.

He is joined in New York City by his wife, Mary Jo.