Executive Committee of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Executive Committee of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is the deliberative body for all the research PhD and MA programs at Columbia, and has faculty representatives from all the doctoral programs across the university: Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, International and Public Affairs, Journalism, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, and Teachers College. The committee establishes educational and administrative policy for graduate education in the university. Among its most important functions are reviewing existing programs of study and approving proposals for new doctoral and master's programs.


Carlos J. Alonso, Dean

Arts and Sciences Departments


Branka Arsic, English and Comparative Literature

Eugenia Lean, East Asian Languages and Cultures

John Ma, Classics

Carol Rovane, Philosophy

Natural Sciences

Kathryn V. Johnston, Astronomy

Duncan Menge, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

Guy Sella, Biological Sciences

Erick Weinberg, Physics

Social Sciences

Marwa Elshakry, History

Brian Larkin, Anthropology

Brendan O'Flaherty, Economics

Justin H. Phillips, Political Science

College of Physicians and Surgeons

Donna Farber, Microbiology & Immunology

Arthur Palmer, Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Columbia Engineering 

Soulaymane Kachani, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Leora Brovman, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs and Academic Administration

Doctoral Program Subcommittees

Architecture and Urban Planning

Felicity Scott, Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences

Dana March Palmer, Epidemiology


Paolo Siconolfi, Business


Andrea Tucher, Communications 

Education (Teachers College)

Noah Drezner, Higher and Postsecondary Education


Arlene Smaldone, Nursing

Social Work

Carmela Alcántara, Social Work

Sustainable Development

John Mutter, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Student Representatives

Tingkai Liu, President of EGSC

Alex Cuadrado, President of ASGC

Oren Ross, Chair of PhD Council

GSAS Staff and Associates

Andrea Solomon, Vice Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs

Rebecca Hirade, Associate Dean for Finance and Operations

Richard Slusarczyk, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

Celina Chatman Nelson, Associate Dean for Academic Diversity and Inclusion