Justin Lorts

Senior Director, Scholars & Fellows Programs

Justin Lorts is an educator, historian, and university administrator with over 20 years of experience in higher education. As Senior Director of Scholars & Fellows Programs, he helps lead efforts to support scholar development, expand high-impact practices, and connect students to post-graduate fellowship opportunities.

Throughout his career, Justin’s administrative work has sat at the nexus of classroom learning, co-curricular engagement, and career and professional development, with a particular emphasis on supporting FLI students. He has held senior administrative positions at New York University, Princeton University, and the Johns Hopkins Life Design Lab where he most recently served as Senior Director of Undergraduate Education. An historian by training, he has taught courses on race, popular culture, and civil rights at Rutgers, NYU, and Princeton, and was an NEH Fellow at Harvard University’s W.E.B. DuBois Research Institute in 2008. More recently, Justin’s teaching and research activities have focused on design thinking, career pathways in the humanities, and the relationship between Life Design and a liberal arts education.

Justin holds a BA in history from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Justin is now a proud resident of Charles Village, where he lives with his wife and two kids.