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


Aaron Fox, Music

Branka Arsic, English and Comparative Literature

Carol Rovane, Philosophy

Eugenia Lean, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Natural Sciences

Eleanor Sterling, Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

Erick Weinberg, Physics

Guy Sella, Biological Sciences

Laura Kaufman, Chemistry

Social Sciences

Adam Kosto, History

Brendan O'Flaherty, Economics

Brian Larkin, Anthropology

Nadia Urbinati, Political Science

College of Physicians and Surgeons

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

Debra Wolgemuth, Genetics and Development

Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Soulaymane Kachani, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Doctoral Program Subcommittees

Architecture and Urban Planning

Felicity Scott, Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences

Julie Kornfeld, Epidemiology


Paolo Siconolfi, Business


Andrea Tucher, Communications 


Charles Basch, Health and Behavior Studies


Arlene Smaldone, Nursing

Social Work

Julien Teitler, Social Work

Sustainable Development

John Mutter, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Student Representatives

Sarah Arkebauer, President of ASGC

Frank Cusimano, Chair of PhD Council

Arvind Srinivasan, President of EGSC

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