James A. Parente is dean of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at the University of Minnesota.
He is a professor and former chair of the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch.
Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Parente served on the faculties of Princeton University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in Germanic languages and literatures, and specializes in the literature and culture of the Middle Ages and Early Modern period (1450-1750) in central and northern Europe.
Over the last 13 years he served as associate dean of faculty and research, interim dean, and dean of the college. On March 13, 2013, he announced he will leave the position on June 30, and after a year’s sabbatical will return to scholarship and teaching.
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