The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has delegated to the Administrative Board of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences power for the enforcement of the regulations of the faculty relating to graduate education and for the conduct of all ordinary matters of administration and discipline. In practice, the deans handle the day-to-day administration of GSAS, relying on the board for guidance in many matters. However, the board receives reports on exceptions made to the rules, and it considers all matters of discipline.

The Administrative Board may initiate proposals for new, or modifications of existing, legislation affecting graduate students. Such initiatives move from the board to the Committee on Graduate Education, which has responsibility for considering all legislation affecting graduate education. The Administrative Board has no jurisdiction over departmental academic rules and regulations except a concern that they be fairly administered and do not conflict with the rules and regulations adopted by the faculty. The board serves as the academic department for all students in ad hoc degree programs.

The Administrative Board is composed of the dean of the graduate school (chair), teaching members of the faculty (from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and interfaculty programs), the registrar, the dean for student affairs, the dean for administration and finance, the dean for admissions and financial aid, the dean for academic programs and diversity, and the assistant dean of student affairs, who acts as secretary.

Members of the Administrative Board, Academic Year 2022-2023

Emma Dench               
McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Chair)

Allen Aloise                
Dean for Administration and Finance

Michael J. Aziz
Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies

Richard Born               
Professor of Neurobiology

Catherine Brekus
Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America

Michael Burke
Dean for Student Services, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Michael S. Flier
Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology       

Evelynn Hammonds     
Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies

Jill M. Hooley
John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James

Arthur M. Jaffe
Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science

Erika McDonald
Registrar, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Kathleen L. McGinn     
Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration

Patrick O’Brien            
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs (Secretary of the Administrative Board)

Parimal G. Patil            
Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy

Gabriela Soto Laveaga
Professor of the History of Science and Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico

Sheila Thomas             
Dean for Academic Programs and Diversity and Interim Dean of Students

Paige Williams           
Senior Lecturer on Biostatistics