Dante Germino

Founding Director

Dante Germino taught political theory and worked at UVa for over 30 years, joining the UVa faculty in 1968 as a member of the Center for Advanced Studies and later serving as an assistant dean in the College of Arts & Sciences. Influenced by his teaching experience at Harvard’s Social Studies program, Germino initiated in the late 1970s the creation of similarly interdisciplinary program at the University. Germino worked closely with two historians, Alec Sedgwick and Robert Cross, as well as English professor Robert Kellogg, and the program was officially launched in 1980, aided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prof. Germino served as the Program Director from 1980 to 1982. The program graduated its first majors (six) in 1981. Prof. Germino resigned from the deanship in 1984 and continued teaching until 1997. After his retirement from UVa, he taught at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands and at the University of Bangkok in Thailand. During his career, he also lived and taught in the Philippines, Italy, Germany and Great Britain. Professor Germino was killed in a train accident in Amsterdam in May 2002.