Heather Settle

Office location:
011 Allen Bldg, Box 90050, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Mailing address:
Box 90050, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-6066


Academic Dean for Courses and Curriculum.  Primary dean for first-generation and low-income (FGLI) students.  Responsible for coordination of the annual Undergraduate Bulletin and program review for Arts and Science Departments.

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About me:

I grew up in Moore, Oklahoma, and attended Swarthmore as the first person in my family to go to college.  I earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke after conducting extended field research in Havana, Cuba, on the lived experience of “permanent crisis” in the early- to mid-2000s.  I taught Latin American studies, Gender & Sexuality studies, and Anthropology courses at Miami of Ohio before returning to Duke as a visiting professor in 2008.  In 2011, I co-founded the Director of Academic Engagement (DAE) program at Duke, first specializing in Global & Civic Engagement and then in Social Sciences.  As a DAE, I worked one-on-one with students to integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences, from study abroad to undergraduate research, into their course of study, and I led the Academic Advising Center’s efforts to strengthen advising for first-generation/low-income (FGLI) students. 


Outside of Duke, I enjoy long-distance running, gardening, and volunteering at a no-kill animal shelter.  All teach me important lessons about growth, persistence, and the capacity to thrive that I apply every day in my work with students.