May 28, 2022

Deputy Provost Joseph Meisel Named Next Brown University Librarian

From Brown University:

Joseph Meisel, a higher education leader, historian and humanities scholar who currently serves as Brown University’s deputy provost, has been appointed the Joukowsky Family University Librarian at Brown.

In the role, Meisel will provide strategic and operational leadership for the Brown University Library, a team of library professionals and extensive network of collections, facilities and digital scholarship tools that support teaching and research across campus.

Meisel has served as deputy provost since his arrival to Brown in 2010 and as interim University librarian since Aug. 1, 2018.

“Joe brings a depth of relevant experience to this role that makes him exceptionally qualified to provide the leadership the Library needs at this point in its history and for the critical progress required to continue to advance library services for the University’s future,” Brown Provost Richard M. Locke said in an Oct. 29 announcement to the campus community. “I am confident that Joe’s appointment to this role will ensure reliable, experienced leadership exists at a time that requires both stability and innovation for the University Library.”



Meisel said he looks forward to continuing the work he has started in what has been a rewarding new role.

“It is a tremendous honor to be asked to serve as Brown’s University librarian,” Meisel said. “This is a dynamic time at Brown and also for the role that research libraries like ours play in supporting education and scholarship. Working closely with the Library’s staff and leadership over the past three months has been an outstanding experience, and I’m excited by the prospect of all that we will continue to accomplish together.”

Meisel holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Columbia University. He is the author or co-author of three books as well as numerous articles on political life in Britain and the British Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries, and he is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Before coming to Brown, he spent 11 years at the Mellon Foundation as a program officer for research universities and humanistic scholarship. In this role, he managed field-building initiatives in the humanities, programs to support the work of scholars at all career stages, and projects to strengthen institutions that support humanities scholarship.

Meisel’s permanent appointment as University librarian is effective immediately.

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