Center for Asian Studies


Dennis M. Kratz is Senior Associate Provost, Founding Director of the Center for Asian Studies and Ignacy and Celina Rockover Professor of Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Kratz served as Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities from 1997 – 2019.

Prior to his appointment as Dean of A&H, he served as the University’s Dean of Undergraduate Education. His research emphasizes the continuation and transformation of the western “heroic” tradition from classical antiquity through medieval and modern literature. He studies the ways in which artists seek both to maintain the essential qualities of that inheritance and to make it a vehicle for the expression of values more appropriate and meaningful for a contemporary audience. He has published four books, as well as numerous articles and reviews on subjects including epic poetry and the changing nature of heroism to translation, translation theory, and Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Dr. Kratz was co-editor of the journal Translation Review from 1980-2017 and has served as President of the American Literary Translators Association. Dr. Kratz received his BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College (1963). He received the MA in Classical Philology (1964) and PhD in Medieval Latin (1970), both from Harvard University. Prior to joining the UT Dallas faculty he taught at The Roxbury Latin School (Boston), Simmons College and The Ohio State University.