Dean Bruno

Office location:
011 Allen Building, Box 90050,, Durham, NC 27708
Mailing address:
Box 90050, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-4113


Academic Dean for Robertson Scholars, ROTC students, and student athletes. Member of the ROTC Officer Education Committee, Student Athlete Academic Support Oversight Committee


About me:

Originally from the Finger Lakes Region of upstate, NY, my academic journey began with a BS degree in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from Wake Forest University.  After working as an analyst for Ernst & Young, I served for ten years as a senior administrator in university advancement for several campuses.

Based upon my desire to engage more directly with students, I pursued graduate training in the field of History, earning MA degrees in History and Public History at NC State University and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.   

Prior to joining Duke, I was the assistant head for the History department at NC State where I served as the director of undergraduate advising and led the Honors Program in History. I taught courses on the American West, U.S. Environmental history, North American Borderlands (for the University Honors Program), and a senior research capstone on U.S. National Parks & Wilderness.

At Duke, I have enjoyed the opportunity to teach HI 345: North American Environmental History, HI 336: North America to 1760 and GLS 760: Environmental History of the American South.  Having earned recognition for my role in the classroom at both NC State and Duke, I am committed to the intellectual growth and development of students so that they may fully participate as leaders in their communities.