Staff Directory

Office of the Dean

Office of the Dean
109 Low Library, MC 4306
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
gsas-dean@columbia.edu
(212) 854-2865

Carlos J. Alonso
Carlos J. Alonso

Dean
Vice President for Graduate Education
gsas-dean@columbia.edu
(212) 854-2861

Andrea Solomon
Andrea Solomon

Vice Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs
asolomon@columbia.edu
(212) 854-8856

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Oversight of management and operations for the Graduate School
  • Supervision of Academic and Student Affairs, Academic Diversity, Communications, and Alumni Relations
Rebecca Hirade
Rebecca Hirade

Associate Dean for Finance and Operations
rhirade@columbia.edu
(212) 854-3789

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Oversight of budget and financial operations, financial and strategic planning, institutional research, finance compliance, and HR operations
  • Supervision of Financial Aid, Admissions, and Information Technology
Harold Ansah
Harold Ansah

Assistant Director of Budget Planning and Finance
hansah@columbia.edu
(212) 854-6726

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Management of day-to-day financial operations, including accounts payable/receivable and purchasing
  • Monitor of Financial Aid and administrative budgets
      Barbara Nesmith

      Operations Assistant
      bnesmith@columbia.edu
      (212) 854-8903

      Areas of Responsibility:

      • Provides front desk coverage and scheduling, responds to inquiries to the Offices of Student Affairs, Admissions, Academic Diversity, and Financial Aid
      • Assists in day to day administrative operations: general office supplies, equipment, maintenance, mail

      Student Affairs

      Student Affairs
      107 Low Library, MC 4304
      535 West 116th Street
      New York, NY 10027
      gsas-studentaffairs@columbia.edu
      (212) 854-4932

      Richard Slusarczyk
      Richard Slusarczyk

      Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
      rs37@columbia.edu
      (212) 854-8428

      Areas of Responsibility:

      • Supervision of academic and student affairs staff Student advisement on GSAS policies, procedures, and opportunities
      • Urgent student issues and concerns; primary liaison for Public Safety, CPS, ISSO, and Global Travel
      • Student misconduct, grievances, and academic integrity
      • Review of proposals for international agreements; course proposals
      Sarah Jackman
      Sarah Jackman

      Assistant Director of Student Affairs: Academic Programs
      s.jackman@columbia.edu
      (212) 854-6724

      Areas of Responsibility:

      • Teaching Scholars Program
      • GSAS internal fellowships; GSAS nominations for external fellowships
      • Visiting students: exchange, non-degree, and cross-registration (Ivy Plus Exchange)
      • Academic standing and transfer credit
      Priscilla Yuen
      Priscilla Yuen

      Assistant Director of Student Affairs: Dissertation Management
      priscilla.yuen@columbia.edu
      (212) 854-6723

      Areas of Responsibility:

      • Management of the Dissertation Office: committees, defenses, and deposits
      • Dissertation Progress Reports and registration holds
      • Convocation eligibility and PhD conferrals
      Sophia Cheng
      Sophia Cheng

      Assistant Director of Student Affairs: Academic Records
      sc4004@columbia.edu
      (212) 854-5972

      Areas of Responsibility:

      • Registration and enrollment concerns
      • Reporting on academic progress and milestones
      • Leaves of absence, withdrawals, and reinstatements
      • Library access for MA students
      • Compliance communications

        Academic Diversity and Inclusion

        Academic Diversity and Inclusion
        107 Low Library, MC 4304
        535 West 116th Street
        New York, NY 10027
        gsas-diversity@columbia.edu

        Celina Chatman Nelson
        Celina Chatman Nelson

        Associate Dean for Academic Diversity and Inclusion
        chatman.nelson@columbia.edu
        (212) 851-9851

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Development of policies, initiatives, and activities to enhance the Graduate School’s diversity and inclusion efforts
        • Summer Research Program, C3-LADO (Creating Connections Consortium and Liberal Arts Diversity Officers), recruitment events, and other programs
        Afiya Wilson

        Assistant Director of Academic Diversity and Inclusion
        afiya.wilson@columbia.edu
        (212) 854-2866

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Provide support in all areas of programming and recruitment: Summer Research Program, C3/Lado, academic- and career-focused workshops, and social events

        Graduate Career Development

        Graduate Career Development
        106 Low Library, MC 4304
        535 West 116th Street
        New York, NY 10027

        Rachel Bernard
        Rachel Bernard

        Director of Graduate Career Development
        r.bernard@columbia.edu
        212-854-2854

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Oversees professional development initiatives of the Graduate School 
        • Creates events and services to further PhD and MA student career exploration and development
        • Manages staff in the Office of Graduate Career Development
        Francesca Fanelli
        Francesca Fanelli

        Associate Director of Graduate Career Development - Advising and Programming
        fpf2107@columbia.edu

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Works alongside the Director to support the professional and career development of PhD and MA students
        • Coordinates current professional development initiatives of the Graduate School and develops partnerships with internal and external offices 
        • Oversees events and services to further PhD and MA student career exploration and development
        • Assists in hiring and managing the center’s staff, trains and supervises graduate students 

        Writing Studio

        Writing Studio
        319M Lehman Library, International Affairs Building
        420 W 118th St #328
        New York, NY 10027

        Kate Daloz
        Kate Daloz

        Director of GSAS Writing Studio
        kd2185@columbia.edu
        212-854-4933

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Oversees all activities of the GSAS Writing Studio, a space dedicated to supporting Arts and Sciences doctoral students in the process of writing the dissertation
        • Coordinates events, workshops, consultations
        • Administers policies and manages the space

        Financial Aid

        Financial Aid
        107 Low Memorial Library, MC 4304
        535 West 116th Street
        New York, NY 10027
        gsas-finaid@columbia.edu
        (212) 854-3808

        Tom Tarduogno
        Tom Tarduogno

        Director of Financial Aid
        ttarduogno@columbia.edu
        (212) 854-3809

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Supervision of Financial Aid staff
        • Financial Aid liaison with Natural Sciences departments (see list of departments here)
        • Coordinating official for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
        Sandra Peters

        Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid
        speters@columbia.edu
        (212) 854-6725

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Advises students on financing options and debt management; performs needs analyses and award determinations for federal Title IV and private loan programs
        • Administrative oversight of Title IV and private student loan programs, and the Summer Tuition Fellowship
        • Financial Aid liaison to Social Science and Humanities departments (see list of departments here)
        • Coordinating official for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program
        Gennet Black
        Gennet Black

        Associate Director of Financial Aid
        gblack@columbia.edu
        (212) 854-6727

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Advises students on financing options and debt management; performs needs analyses and award determinations for federal Title IV and private loan programs
        • Financial Aid liaison to Social Science and Humanities Departments (see list of departments here)
        • Administrative oversight for FISAP
        • Coordination of NYSED Report
        Shawn Ramirez
        Shawn Ramirez

        Financial Aid Counselor
        sgramirez@columbia.edu
        (212) 854-3808

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Financial Aid resource for visitors to the Graduate School and informational inquiries
        • Processing of Title IV and private loan program funds

        Admissions

        Admissions
        107 Low Library, MC 4303
        535 West 116th Street
        New York, NY 10027
        gsas-admissions@columbia.edu
        (212) 854-6729

        Renée Schwarz

        Director of Admissions Operations
        rschwarz@columbia.edu
        (212) 854-2436

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Oversight of graduate admissions process
        • Documentation of graduate admissions policies
        Coral Mercedes

        Associate Director of Admissions Operations
        cmercedes@columbia.edu
        (212) 854-8395

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Admissions data reporting
        • Communications to prospective and admitted students
        Anna Marie Sell

        Admissions Officer
        amsell@columbia.edu
        (212) 851-9919

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Graduate admission support to faculty, department administrators, and applicants
        • Application software maintenance and support
        Marisa Phillip

        Administrative Assistant
        marisa.phillip@columbia.edu
        (212) 854-6729

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • General administrative support to the Office of Admissions and Office of Financial Aid

        Communications

        Communications
        107 Low Library, MC 4306
        535 West 116th Street
        New York, NY 10027
        gsas-communications@columbia.edu

        Director of Communications

        Search in Progress

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Strategic planning to promote wider recognition and awareness of the school to internal and external audiences
        • Oversight of email communications, publications, website, blog, advertising campaigns, print materials, and social media channels
        Jahsie Ault
        Jahsie Ault

        Associate Director of Communications
        j.ault@columbia.edu
        (212) 854-2889

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Production and design for all GSAS communications
        • Maintenance of the GSAS website and other digital channels
        • Photography

        Alumni Relations

        Alumni Relations
        109 Low Library, MC 4306
        535 West 116th Street
        New York, NY 10027
        gsasalumni@columbia.edu

        Erin Z. Hussein

        Associate Director of Alumni Relations
        (212) 854-6728
        eez1@columbia.edu

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Management of programs that enhance alumni engagement with GSAS
        • Liaison with staff partners and volunteer leaders, including the GSAS Alumni Association

        Information Technology

        Information Technology
        107 Low Library
        535 West 116th Street
        New York, NY 10027
        gsasit@columbia.edu

        Emre Keskin
        Emre Keskin

        Director of Information Technology and Data Analytics
        emre.k@columbia.edu
        (212) 854-0504

        Areas of Responsibility:

        • Oversight of IT functions for the administrative units of the Graduate School
        • Online application processes and audio-visual equipment