Akua Sarr is Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at Boston College.

Dr. Sarr has been at Boston College since 2006, serving as Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and also as Director of the University’s Academic Advising Center. Prior to Boston College, she served as Assistant Dean in Letters & Science Student Academic Affairs and Director of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Sarr earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in African Languages & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a former Fulbright Scholar, having spent a research year in Senegal studying women’s movements and the emergence of feminist literature. Her academic interests are West African literature and film, African retentions in the Americas, and representations of Africa in contemporary African-American literature.

Dr. Sarr grew up in New York City, the daughter of New York City public school teachers. After graduating from Dartmouth College, she spent four years in the New York City Public School system teaching elementary school in East Harlem before attending graduate school.