Staff Directory

Office of the Dean Admissions
Student Affairs Communications
Academic Diversity and Inclusion Alumni Relations
Graduate Career Development Writing Studio
Information Technology Financial Aid

 


Office of the Dean

109 Low Library, MC 4306
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
gsas-dean [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-2865


Carlos

Carlos J. Alonso
Dean
Vice President for Graduate Education
gsas-dean [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-2861

 

 

Andrea

Andrea Solomon
Vice Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs
asolomon [at] 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

 

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Rebecca Hirade
Associate Dean for Finance and Operations
rhirade [at] 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

Harold Ansah
Assistant Director of Budget Planning and Finance
hansah [at] 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

 

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James Ihn
Assistant Director of Administrative Operations
ji2234 [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-2865

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Management of day-to-day operations for the Office of the Dean
  • Executive support for the Dean and Vice Dean, management of calendars, communications, and projects

 

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Barbara Nesmith
Operations Assistant
bnesmith [at] 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

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Student Affairs

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


 

Richard

Richard Slusarczyk
Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
rs37 [at] 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

Sarah Jackman
Student Affairs Officer - Academic Programs 
s.jackman [at] 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
Student Affairs Officer - Dissertation Management
priscilla.yuen [at] 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
Student Affairs Officer - Academic Records
sc4004 [at] 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

 

Kei

Kei Phillip
Student Affairs Officer - Academic and Student Services
k.phillip [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-7892

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Liaison to Disability Services and testing accommodations
  • Liaison to Columbia Residential
  • PhD and MPhil procedures
  • Library study carrel assignments and inquiries

Academic Diversity and Inclusion

107 Low Library, MC 4304
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
gsas-diversity [at] columbia.edu


 

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Celina Chatman Nelson
Associate Dean for Academic Diversity and Inclusion
chatman.nelson [at] 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

 

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Afiya Wilson
Student Affairs Officer - Academic Diversity
afiya.wilson [at] 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

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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 [at] 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 [at] 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 

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Writing Studio

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


 

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Kate Daloz
Director of GSAS Writing Studio
kd2185 [at] columbia.edu
212-854-2854

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

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Financial Aid

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


 

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Tom Tarduogno
Director of Financial Aid
ttarduogno [at] 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

Sandra Peters
Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid
speters [at] 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

Gennet Black
Associate Director of Financial Aid
gblack [at] 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

Shawn Ramirez
Financial Aid Counselor
sgramirez [at] 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

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Admissions

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


 

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Renée Schwarz
Director of Admissions Operations
rschwarz [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-2436

Areas of Responsibility:

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

 

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Coral Mercedes
Associate Director of Admissions Operations
cmercedes [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-8395

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Admissions data reporting
  • Communications to prospective and admitted students

 

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Anna Marie Sell
Admissions Officer
amsell [at] columbia.edu
(212) 851-9919

Areas of Responsibility:

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

 

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Marisa Phillip
Administrative Assistant
marisa.phillip [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-6729

Areas of Responsibility:

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

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Communications

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


 

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Director of Communications
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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

 

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Jahsie Ault
Associate Director of Communications
j.ault [at] 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

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Alumni Relations

109 Low Library, MC 4306
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
gsasalumni [at] columbia.edu


 

Erin Z. Hussein
Associate Director of Alumni Relations
(212) 854-6728
eez1 [at] 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

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Information Technology

107 Low Library
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
gsasit [at] columbia.edu


 

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Emre Keskin
Director of Information Technology and Data Analytics
emre.k [at] 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

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