Ben Vinson III was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President at Case Western Reserve University in 2018, and is responsible for all facets of the academic programs and research of the University
Vinson is an accomplished historian of Latin America, and served on the faculties of Barnard College and Penn State before joining Johns Hopkins in 2006 as a professor of history and founding director of its Center for Africana Studies. He went on to serve as a vice dean for centers, interdisciplinary studies and graduate education before becoming dean of George Washington University's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Under Vinson’s leadership, Columbian College increased interdisciplinary initiatives, enhanced diversity, and substantially grew research efforts.
Dr. Vinson earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a doctorate from Columbia University. He has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, National Humanities Center, Social Science Research Council, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Ford, Rockefeller and Mellon foundations.