Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Carleton College; MA University of Wisconsin-Madison; PhD New York University
Research Areas: International Higher Education
Erich Dietrich researches, publishes, and teaches on the history and internationalization of higher education, equity in access to higher education, and affirmative action policies in a comparative, international context.
With a research focus on diversity and equity in higher education, Dietrich has published on affirmative action policies in Brazil and has served on the advisory board for the Institute of International Education’s International Academic Partnership Program for Brazil. He regularly teaches a graduate-level study abroad course, "Race, Class and Equity in Higher Education in Brazil." He is co-PI on a grant from the CAPES Foundation of the Brazilian Ministry of Education on “Access and Retention of Black Students in Higher Education: Advances and Challenges in a Comparative Perspective.”
Dietrich is co-Director with Sebastian Cherng of the SAGE (Study Away and Global Education) Research Project, which includes CASSIE, the Consortium for Analysis of Student Success through International Education, a federally funded, quantitative research project that expands the empirical evidence on international education and student outcomes with data from over 40 colleges and universities.
Dietrich serves as an Ambassador for the Magna Charta Universitatum Observatory, and is a former Board Member of AIEA, the association of leaders in international higher education, and former National Chair of NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL-KC).
From 2009-2019, Dietrich was Assistant Vice President of NYU Global Programs and Associate Dean of Global Affairs at NYU Steinhardt. He holds a PhD from New York University, a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA, magna cum laude, from Carleton College.
Dietrich is a 2022 recipient of NYU Steinhardt's Teaching Excellence Award, and received a Fulbright International Education Award to India in 2016. By invitation from the US Embassy and the Greek Ministry of Education, he conducted capacity-building workshops for study abroad in Greece in 2019. Starting in 2023, he is a Fulbright Specialist for a three-year term.