College of Arts and Sciences

David Mengel

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. David Mengel is completing his nineteenth year at Xavier and sixth year as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. With a budget of more than $20 million, the college includes 197 full-time faculty, more than 130 part-time faculty and 21 full-time staff who together offer 40 academic majors serving more than 1,900 undergraduate students. The college also contains most of the university’s honors and interdisciplinary programs and provides nearly all the courses in the university’s core curriculum. It also offers an MA in Theology.

As Dean, Dr. Mengel supervises the university’s Government Relations Director, sits on the University Cabinet, and co-chairs the Student Success Integration Taskforce. Dr. Mengel previously served for four years as an Associate Dean under Dean Janice Walker. His commitment to fostering innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and research was informed by his work as founding Faculty Director of Xavier's Center for Teaching Excellence.

A Professor of History, Dr. Mengel’s research has focused on medieval Europe, especially on the city of Prague under the rule of Emperor Charles IV (1346-78). His interests include cultural and religious history, urban history, topography, the Black Death, and the cult of saints. Both his teaching and his research have been informed by an interdisciplinary background in the study of the Middle Ages, first at Vanderbilt, then at Cambridge on a British Marshall Scholarship, and finally at Notre Dame, where he earned his Ph.D. from the Medieval Institute. Fulbright and Rotary fellowships supported his doctoral research in Prague and Gießen, Germany. Dr. Mengel is married to Emily Rosenfeld Mengel, and they have two children—Eleanor (21) and Claire (17).

First Year at Xavier



  • M.A. and Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • M.Phil., Cambridge University
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University