Yale awarded the first Ph.D. degrees in the United States.
Graduate students serve on the five standing committees of the Graduate School, along with faculty members and administrators. These committees advise the Dean on policies and procedures important to our mission. As with all standing committees, their deliberations are confidential. Student members of these committees are selected by the Graduate Student Assembly.
A committee of faculty members and graduate students, chaired by the Dean, advises the Dean on broad matters of policy and procedure and makes recommendations to the faculty of the Graduate School.
Woo-Lyoung Ahn (Psychology)
Susan Baserga (Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry)
John Carlson (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology)
Ray Fair (Economics)
Valentina Greco (Genetics)
Christina Kraus (Classics)
Kishwar Rizvi (History of Art)
Phil Smith (Sociology)
Travis Zadeh (Religious Studies)
Meaghan McGeary, Chair GSA (Experimental Pathology)
Maria Del Mar Galindo, Vice Chair GSA (English)
Andie Berry (English Language & Literature)
Louis Brown (Mathematics)
Trevor Williams (Economics)
The Degree Committee is composed of two senior faculty members from each division (Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences) and chaired by a faculty member appointed by the Dean. It meets twice a year and is responsible to the faculty of the Graduate School for maintaining standards of graduate education in the School and for recommending candidates for degrees. The committee reviews special academic issues of individual students and, when appropriate, the educational programs of the departments.
Daphne Brooks (African American Studies; American Studies)
Jon Ellman (Chemistry)
Noel Lenski (History)
Isabela Mares (Political Science)
Valerie Reinke (Genetics)
Matthew Spiegel (Management)
Composed of faculty and staff, this committee serves as an advisory capacity to the Dean on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Anjelica Gonzalez (Biomedical Engineering)
Patrick Holland (Chemistry)
Maureen Long (Geology and Geophysics)
Stephanie Spangler (Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services)
Composed of three graduate students, three faculty members, normally one from each division, and an associate dean, the committee reviews violations of the regulations governing academic and personal conduct. (See Personal Conduct, under Policies and Regulations.)
Paul Forscher (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology)
Rod McIntosh (Anthropology)
Marci Shore (History)
Vanessa Bittner (Sociology)
Mikey Chow (Math)
Alison Renna (Religious Studies)
The Graduate Student Assembly is an elected body of Yale students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Assembly’s goals are to identify the needs and concerns of graduate students, consider possible solutions, and present these to the Dean and other administrators. It also discusses, proposes, and advises on possible changes to Graduate School policy proposed by the administration. The assembly provides a means for communication and deliberation both among graduate students and between graduate students and other members of the Yale community.