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Office of the Dean

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Lynn Cooley

Dean of the Graduate School
HGS 112
Phone: 203-432-2733
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Lynn Cooley

Dean of the Graduate School
HGS 112
Phone: 203-432-2733

Lynn Cooley is the C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics, professor of cell biology and of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. She has served as the director of the Combined Program in the Biological & Biomedical Sciences since 2001.

She received her B.A. from Connecticut College in 1976, and her earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1984 for research carried out with Sterling Professor Dieter Söll in Yale’s Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Science where she established new methods using transposable elements for genetic and molecular analysis of genes in the fruit fly Drosophila model system.

Her research focuses on the development of female gametes, or eggs, in Drosophila, especially on two key aspects of egg development during oogenesis: the role of intercellular bridges called ring canals in developing egg chambers, and the regulation of oocyte growth. Cellular mechanisms used to control oocyte development in Drosophila are directly relevant to female fertility in other animals, including humans.

Cooley is currently serving on the board of directors of the Genetics Society of America and as a council delegate for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has been recognized with a Pew Scholar Award from the Pew Charitable Trusts, is a member of the Connecticut Academy for Science and Engineering, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has published numerous scientific articles in the journals of several different scientific fields.

Academic Deans

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Pamela Schirmeister

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

Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Yale College, The Graduate School, FAS, and Sr. Associate Dean, The Graduate School
HGS 136
Phone: 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.

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Richard Sleight

Associate Dean
HGS 132
Phone: 203-432-2744
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Richard Sleight

Associate Dean
HGS 132
Phone: 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.

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D C Allegra di Bonaventura

Assistant Dean
HGS 135
Phone: 203-436-2628
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D C Allegra di Bonaventura

Assistant Dean
HGS 135
Phone: 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.

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Robert Harper-Mangels

Assistant Dean
HGS 133
Phone: 203-432-2744
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Robert Harper-Mangels

Assistant Dean
HGS 133
Phone: 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.

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Carl Hashimoto

Assistant Dean
HGS 134
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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.

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Robin Ladouceur

Assistant Dean
HGS 137
Phone: 203-432-8093
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Robin Ladouceur

Assistant Dean
HGS 137
Phone: 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.

Graduate Admissions

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Robert Colonna

Director
HGS 117B
Phone: 203-432-2749
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Robert Colonna

Director
HGS 117B
Phone: 203-432-2749

Robert Colonna joined the Graduate School as director of admissions in 2002. During that time, he has overseen the transition from a paper-based process to an environment that is now almost entirely electronic.

Upon completion of his B.S. in Bacteriology from Oregon State University, Mr. Colonna served for eleven years in the United States Marine Corps as a logistics officer posted to various duty stations in the United States and overseas. He then joined the Association of American Medical Colleges as Director of Operations for the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). He received his MBA from Marymount University in 1990.

Office for Diversity & Equal Opportunity

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Michelle Nearon

Assistant Dean
HGS 127
Phone: 203-436-1301
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Michelle Nearon

Assistant Dean
HGS 127
Phone: 203-436-1301

Michelle Nearon joined the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in July 2008, where she works closely with students, members of the faculty and administration, and the McDougal Center Offices, to proactively recruit, retain, and assist in the professional development of graduate students from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, political, cultural, and lifestyle backgrounds.

Dean Nearon received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brooklyn Polytechnic University, respectively. After completing her master’s degree she devoted approximately ten years to both the aerospace and automotive industries, beginning as a research engineer and ultimately becoming a general manager. She then completed a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University in May 2000. Nearon subsequently served on the faculty at Stony Brook University as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as director of recruitment and diversification in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences until coming to Yale.

Financial Aid Office

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Jennifer Brinley

Director
HGS 131
Phone: 203-432-7980
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Jennifer Brinley

Director
HGS 131
Phone: 203-432-7980

Jennifer Brinley joined the Graduate School Financial Aid Office in 1996. In her role as Director, Ms. Brinley plans and coordinates a wide range of financial aid services for Graduate School students and serves as a resource for affiliated departments and programs across the University.

Upon obtaining her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island, Ms. Brinley worked for several years as an Assistant Vice President and commercial credit analyst at Bank of America. Ms. Brinley joined Yale in 1994 as a budget analyst in the Finance Department.

Teaching Fellow Program

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Judith Hackman

Director
HGS 139
Phone: 203-432-2757
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Judith Hackman

Director
HGS 139
Phone: 203-432-2757

Judith Dozier Hackman, director of the Teaching Fellow Program Office and associate dean for assessment in Yale College, has worked at Yale since 1971. She has held her current position since 1999, having previously served as director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, associate dean of administration in Yale College, and director of the Office of Institutional Research.
Dean Hackman received her B.A. from the University of Illinois, M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has published 19 articles, chapters and reviews in professional journals and books, participated as an editorial review board member for several journals, and served as president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. She is currently vice chair of the MacMurray College Board of Trustees in Jacksonville, Illinois, vice chair of the United Way of Greater New Haven, and a member of the University Church Council.

Yale Teaching Center

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Risa Sodi

Interim Director
HGS 120
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Risa Sodi

Interim Director
HGS 120

Risa Sodi teaches language, literature and film in the Italian Department at Yale University. While living in Florence, Italy, in the ’70s-’80s, she developed an interest in Italian Holocaust survivor and author, Primo Levi, which led to an interview with him in Turin (1986) and her first book, A Dante of Our Time: Primo Levi and Auschwitz (1990). The first English-language monograph on Levi, it is an analysis of how and why Levi turned to Dante to tell his tale of survival. Sodi’s interview with Levi has been published in the U.S., Italy and Israel.

Her work on Jewish Italy and the Holocaust in Italy led her to the topic of her second book, Narrative and Imperative: The First Fifty Years of Italian Holocaust Writing, 1943-1993 (2007), an analysis of the writings other Italian Holocaust writers in addition to Levi (survivor/authors and novelists like Liana Millu, Giuliana Tedeschi, Bruno Piazza, Giorgio Bassani, Elsa Morante, Paolo Maurensig and others).

In summer 2011, Sodi published “New Reflections on Primo Levi: Before and After Auschwitz, an essay collection co-edited with Millicent Marcus. A foreword by Sodi introduces Eric Lamet’s A Gift from the Enemy: Childhood Memories of Wartime Italy (2007), while her afterword is featured in Sam Magavern’s Primo Levi’s Universe: A Writer’s Journey (2009).

After an M.A. in French and Italian (UMass/Amherst, 1988) and a Ph.D. in Italian (Yale, 1995), Sodi in 1996 joined the Italian Language and Literature Department at Yale University as Senior Lector and Language Program Director.
Sodi continues to write and lecture on Jewish Italy and Italian Holocaust literature (as well as on language pedagogy).
When not working, she can be found playing tennis for the Elm City Aces, a New Haven-based USTA team.

Graduate Writing Center

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Elena Kallestinova, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean and Director
Phone: 203-432-7725
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Elena Kallestinova, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean and Director
Phone: 203-432-7725

Elena Kallestinova joined the Graduate School in 2008 to design and implement graduate writing programs and coordinate the work of the graduate writing advisors and fellows. She provides individual and group consultations to graduate students at all stages of their student career and works with faculty members to design group programs for students in their departments.

Dr. Kallestinova received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and M.A. in TESOL from the University of Iowa and her B.A. and M.A. in Theoretical and Computational Linguistics from Moscow State Linguistic University, Russia. She has been teaching academic writing, linguistic and ESL classes since the mid-1990s.

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Yvette Barnard

McDougal Center Administrative Associate and Program Coordinator
HGS 123
Phone: 203-432-8850

Graduate Student Life Office

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Lisa Brandes

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
HGS 126
Phone: 203-432-8895
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Lisa Brandes

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
HGS 126
Phone: 203-432-8895

Lisa Brandes joined the staff of the Graduate School in 1996 upon the founding of the McDougal Graduate Student Center. She has worked with graduate student fellows and staff to develop a wide range of social and cultural events and foster a greater sense of community among students and postdoctoral fellows. She oversees orientation and various events sponsored by the Graduate School, including coordination of Commencement activities.

Raised in Louisiana, Dean Brandes received her B.A. in political science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She earned her M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. in Political Science at Yale, with a specialization in international relations. Lisa held faculty positions at Tufts and Wesleyan Universities, and her research focused on the domestic sources of foreign policy, particularly the impact of gender on public attitudes toward war and peace issues. Brandes has served as an officer within regional and national political science associations and women’s groups. More recently, she has been a leader in graduate student services associations and active in graduate education issues, writing articles and making conference presentations on graduate student life and mental health.

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