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Academics

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, one of 14 schools that comprise Yale University, offers programs in 73 different academic disciplines that lead to M.A., M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees. Students come from all over the globe to study and conduct original research in Yale’s extraordinary libraries, laboratories, and collections.

The Graduate School is a place where your academic curiosity and the life of the mind can flourish. In order to maintain this haven for your unfettered intellectual inquiry, the Office of the Dean provides leadership in reviewing academic programs, promoting strong mentoring relationships among students and faculty, developing opportunities for the professional development of graduate students, and fostering an environment of academic integrity. The academic deans of the Graduate School are responsible for the administration of graduate programs, normally in consultation with the directors of graduate studies [DGS], and for the academic and personal well-being of students. They participate in decisions regarding admissions, financial aid, academic performance, and the application of the regulations and policies of the Graduate School. A student with concerns about any of these issues that cannot be addressed by his or her DGS or departmental registrar should make an appointment with the academic dean who oversees his or her department.

The academic associate and assistant deans of the Graduate School are responsible for the administration of graduate programs, normally in consultation with the Directors of Graduate Studies. They oversee academic performance and the regulations and policies of the Graduate School, conduct various fellowship competitions, and coordinate admissions and financial aid.

Academic Deans

Pamela Schirmeister

Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Yale College, The Graduate School, FAS, and Sr. Associate Dean, The Graduate School
HGS 136
203-432-9098

Pamela Schirmeister

Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Yale College, The Graduate School, FAS, and Sr. Associate Dean, The Graduate School
HGS 136
203-432-9098

Pamela Schirmeister joined the Graduate School in 1999, and serves as both Dean of Strategic Initiatives for Yale College, The Graduate School, and the FAS Dean’s office and as Sr. Associate Dean of the Graduate School. She works primarily with the graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences at the Graduate School and on academic and administrative initiatives that cut across the College, the Graduate School and the FAS.

Dean Schirmeister’s academic training is in nineteenth-century American literature. Her research interests also include the relation between philosophy and literature, psychoanalytic theory, and biography, and she has published several books and many articles in these areas. She received from Yale both her B.A.(BK) and Ph.D. in English and has  taught courses in Yale College in English, Comparative Literature and the Humanities. Before returning to Yale, Schirmeister worked as a reporter for Time magazine and taught at Middlebury, NYU and at University of Konstanz, where she is also a member of the International Advisory Board.

Richard Sleight

Associate Dean
HGS 132
203-432-2744

Richard Sleight

Associate Dean
HGS 132
203-432-2744

Richard Sleight joined the Graduate School as an associate dean in September 1996, having served for ten years as a tenured faculty member at the medical school of the University of Cincinnati. His portfolio includes the central campus science departments, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, the Medical School, the Nursing School and the School of Public Health, as well as the departments of Anthropology, Psychology, Linguistics and Statistics. He has research expertise in lipid biochemistry and the intracellular transport of lipid molecules.

Dean Sleight has served as President of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools and as a board member for the Council of Graduate Schools. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University.

D C Allegra di Bonaventura

Assistant Dean
HGS 135
203-436-2628

D C Allegra di Bonaventura

Assistant Dean
HGS 135
203-436-2628

Allegra di Bonaventura joined the Graduate School as an assistant dean in November 2011. Her responsibilities include the academic affairs of the graduate programs in the Humanities, African American Studies, Economics, Management, Political Science, Sociology, as well as Master’s programs in African Studies, East Asian Studies, European and Russian Studies, International Development & Economics, and Global Affiars. She advises students regarding financial aid, registration issues, disciplinary procedures, leaves, and withdrawals.

Dean di Bonaventura received a Ph.D. in History from Yale and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She also holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in German from Middlebury College. Prior to joining the Graduate School, she worked in investment counsel, practiced law, and taught at Rutgers School of Law. Dean di Bonaventura writes about colonial America.  Her first book, For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England (Norton/Liveright 2013), won the New England Historical Association’s 2013 James P. Hanlan Book Prize.  She is currently working on a second book for Norton/Liveright.

Robert Harper-Mangels

Assistant Dean
HGS 133
203-432-2744

Robert Harper-Mangels

Assistant Dean
HGS 133
203-432-2744

Robert Harper-Mangels has served as assistant dean of the Graduate School since 2006. His responsibilities include the academic affairs of the graduate programs in the Sciences and Engineering, as well as Anthropology, Linguistics, Psychology, and Statistics. He is the campus advisor for graduate and professional students applying to the Fulbright student award, the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, as well as liaison to the Graduate Student Assembly.

Dean Harper-Mangels earned his B.A. in Music and Psychology at Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before coming to Yale, he served as Assistant Director of the Northwestern University Institute for Neuroscience.

Carl Hashimoto

Assistant Dean
HGS 134

Carl Hashimoto

Assistant Dean
HGS 134

Carl Hashimoto joined the Graduate School as assistant dean in 2011. His responsibilities include administration of the Gruber Science Fellowship Program, special projects to enhance graduate education and training, and academic affairs of graduate programs in the sciences and Engineering.

Dean Hashimoto is also professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Cell Biology at the Medical School. His research interests are in the general area of cell and developmental biology, and he has taught courses for medical and graduate students as well as undergraduates. He received his A.B. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale.

Robin Ladouceur

Assistant Dean
HGS 137
203-432-8093

Robin Ladouceur

Assistant Dean
HGS 137
203-432-8093

Robin Ladouceur joined the Graduate School this fall as an Assistant Dean. Her responsibilities include overseeing communications activities for the Graduate School and working with Associate Dean Pamela Schirmeister and Assistant Dean Allegra di Bonaventura to administer the academic programs and fellowships in their portfolios. Previously, she held posts with the University’s Instructional Technology Group (ITG), where she worked with faculty to expand the uses of technology in undergraduate courses; as a Lector for Russian language and Lecturer in Russian Literature; and as a language resource specialist with the Center for Language Study. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993 and her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature from Yale in 2004.

350

The approximate number of Ph.D. degrees awarded each year