Arts & Sciences welcomes new chairs and directors

The onset of the 2022–23 academic year brings new courses, new students, and new leadership appointments in Arts & Sciences. Chairs and directors provide essential leadership and service to their respective units, and we are grateful to all current and past faculty members who have taken on these roles. This fall, ten departments and programs have named new chairs or directors.


American Culture Studies

Incoming director: Paige McGinley, associate professor of performing arts​

Outgoing interim director: Noah Cohan, assistant director and lecturer in American culture studies


Department of Anthropology

Incoming chair: Rebecca Lester, professor of sociocultural anthropology

Outgoing chair: Tristram R. Kidder, the Edward S. and Tedi Macias Professor


Center for the Humanities

Incoming director: Stephanie Kirk, professor of Spanish

Outgoing director: Jean Allman, the J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities

Read about Stephanie Kirk's vision for the Center for the Humanities


Department of Chemistry

Incoming chair: Jennifer Heemstra, the Charles Allen Thomas Professor of Chemistry

Outgoing chair: William Buhro, the George E. Pake Professor of Chemistry

Read about Jennifer Heemstra's recruitment to Washington University


Department of English

Incoming chair: Abram Van Engen, professor of English

Outgoing chair: Vincent Sherry, the Howard Nemerov Professor in the Humanities


Global Studies

Incoming director: Tabea Linhard, professor of Spanish

Outgoing director: Andrew Sobel, professor of global studies

Read Tabea Linhard's fall welcome message.


Performing Arts Department

Incoming chair: Julia Walker, professor of English (appointment began in spring 2022)

Outgoing chair: Pannill Camp, associate professor of drama


Department of Physics

Incoming chair: Henric Krawczynski, the Wayman Crow Professor of Physics

Outgoing chair: Mark Alford, professor of physics

Read about the physics department's leadership transition.


Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences 

Incoming chair: Jeff Zacks, professor of psychological and brain sciences

Outgoing chair: Deanna Barch, professor of psychological and brain sciences; the Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry

Read about Deanna Barch's new role as vice dean of research


Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy

Incoming director: Andrew Reeves, professor of political science

Outgoing director: Steve Fazzari, the Bert A. and Jeanette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor of Economics

Read about Andrew Reeves' plans for the Weidenbaum Center.