The onset of the 2023-24 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 year, 10 departments and programs have named new leadership.
Art History and Archaeology
Incoming chair: William Wallace, the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History
Outgoing chair: Elizabeth C. Childs, the Etta and Mark Steinberg Professor of Art History
Incoming chair: Ram Dixit, professor of biology
Outgoing chair: Joseph Jez, the Spencer T. Olin Professor of Biology
Read about Ram Dixit’s plans for the Department of Biology.
Incoming chair: Timothy Moore, the John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Classics
Outgoing chair: Cathy Keane, professor of classics and professor of comparative literature
Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
Incoming chair (since January 2023): David Fike, the Glassberg/Greensfelder Distinguished University Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
Outgoing chair: Slava Solomatov, professor of Earth, environmental, and planetary sciences
Incoming chair: George-Levy Gayle, the John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor in Economics
Outgoing chair: Gaetano Antinolfi, professor of economics
Read a Q&A with new economics chair George-Levi Gayle.
Incoming director: Jeffrey G. Catalano, professor of Earth, environmental, and planetary sciences
Outgoing director: David Fike, the Glassberg/Greensfelder Distinguished University Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies
Incoming Interim chair: Kit Wellman, professor of philosophy
Outgoing chair: Flora Cassen, associate professor of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern studies and of history
Incoming chair: Betsy Sinclair, professor of political science
Outgoing chair: Margit Tavits, the Dr. William Taussig Professor in Arts & Sciences
Read about the political science department’s leadership transition.
Incoming chair: Lance Jenott, senior lecturer in classics and religious studies
Outgoing chair: Mark Valeri, the Reverend Priscilla Wood Neaves Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics
Statistics and Data Sciences
Inaugural chair: Xuming He
Read more about Xuming He’s recruitment.