Meet the Provost

Winston E. Langley, Provost

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Winston E. Langley is the senior administrator in charge of advancing the University of Massachusetts Boston’s academic mission and the quality of its intellectual life.

A scholar with a rich, diverse academic background and a seasoned administrator, he has been instrumental in defining and developing UMass Boston’s identity as a student-centered, urban public research university with a teaching soul.

A professor of political science and international relations since 1982, Dr. Langley served as director of the International Relations Program, senior associate provost, associate chancellor, and interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs before he was named to his current position in 2009.

As provost and vice chancellor, Dr. Langley oversees all schools and colleges, academic departments, research centers and institutes, libraries, and the informational technology division. He supervises the university’s ambitious research agenda and its expanding commitment to long-term faculty and student development. In addition, he represents Chancellor J. Keith Motley to the university President’s Office and the Board of Trustees, the Department of Education, federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, and other off-campus constituencies.

Dr. Langley’s scholarly interests include human rights, alternative models of world order, religion, and politics. His research has focused on the inadequacy of the nation-state system, the weakness of intergovernmental organizations (including the United Nations), nongovernmental organizations’ expanding power and influence, and the paucity of alternative models for global ordering.

Dr. Langley is the author of Kazi Nazrul Islam: The Voice of Poetry and the Struggle for Human Wholeness and the Encyclopedia of Human Rights Issues Since 1945, which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. He is the editor of Human Rights: The Major Global Instruments and (with Vivian Fox) Women’s Rights in the United States, which won the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America. He has membership in several professional organizations and has reviewed for many professional journals.

Dr. Langley earned a bachelor of arts in biology, a master of arts in European diplomatic history, a doctor of philosophy in political science and international relations, and a doctor of laws.



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