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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.

Academic Deans

Jasmina Besirevic Regan

Assistant Dean
Warner House 312
(203) 432-5127

Jasmina Besirevic Regan

Assistant Dean
Warner House 312
(203) 432-5127

Jasmina Besirevic Regan joined the Graduate School in 2016, and serves as Assistant Dean. She works closely with the academic affairs team and with graduate programs across the divisions to provide review and support at the programmatic level. She advises graduate programs on curricular and structural issues, the development and implementation of school and program policies, and the admissions process for degree-granting programs.

Dean Besirevic’s academic training is in the sociology of genocide. Her teaching and research interests also include ethnic conflict, identity, nationalism, human rights, and refugee resettlement. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale having also earned the Master’s degrees there. She has taught courses in Yale College in Sociology, Global Affairs, and Ethnicity, Race and Migration. She has presented papers on the sociology of genocide at a number of professional meetings, and has been invited to speak at international conferences both at Yale and abroad. Before joining the Graduate School academic affairs team, she served as the Dean of Trumbull College, one of twelve residential colleges at Yale, for twelve years.

Allegra di Bonaventura

Associate Dean of Graduate Education
Warner House 205
203-436-2628

Allegra di Bonaventura

Associate Dean of Graduate Education
Warner House 205
203-436-2628

Allegra di Bonaventura joined the Graduate School as an assistant dean in November 2011. She oversees the academic affairs team which works directly with graduate programs across the divisions, providing support and review at the programmatic level and overseeing the admissions process in degree-granting programs. Dean di Bonaventura and her team advise graduate programs regarding structural and curricular issues, the development and implementation of academic policies, and new academic initiatives. Dean di Bonaventura works closely with the Office for Graduate School Development and Diversity and the Office of Career Strategy.

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
Warner House 311
203-432-2744

Robert Harper-Mangels

Assistant Dean
Warner House 311
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
Warner House 301

Carl Hashimoto

Assistant Dean
Warner House 301

Carl Hashimoto joined the Graduate School as assistant dean in 2011. His responsibilities include administration of the Gruber Science Fellowship Program, co-directorship of the NIH-funded Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, and other special projects to enhance graduate education and training.  He also serves as the Title IX Coordinator for the Graduate School.

Dean Hashimoto is also Professor of Cell Biology at the Medical School and an assistant dean at Yale College overseeing science education and undergraduate research. He received his A.B. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale.

Pamela Schirmeister

Sr. Associate Dean and Dean of Strategic Initiatives, The Graduate School
Warner House 201
+1 (203) 432-9098

Pamela Schirmeister

Sr. Associate Dean and Dean of Strategic Initiatives, The Graduate School
Warner House 201
+1 (203) 432-9098

Pamela Schirmeister joined the Graduate School in 1999, and serves as Sr. Associate Dean and Dean of Strategic Initiatives for The Graduate School, and the FAS Dean’s office and as Dean of Undergraduate Education at Yale College. She works on academic and administrative initiatives at the intersection of the College, the Graduate School and the FAS and on undergraduate curricular issues.

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 of Graduate Student Academic Support
Warner House 313
203-432-2744

Richard Sleight

Associate Dean of Graduate Student Academic Support
Warner House 313
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 responsibility for the progress of individual students across all divisions and student advising. 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.

350

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