Department and Program Chairs

See also the table of contact info for chairs and their assistants. Departments and programs marked with † are cross-divisional.


African American Studies†

Jacqueline Goldsby

Department Chair; Professor of English, African American Studies, & American Studies

American Studies (Program)†

Michael Denning

Program Chair; William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American Studies and Professor of English


Christina Kraus

Department Chair; Thomas A. Thacher Professor of Latin

Comparative Literature

Martin Hägglund

Department Chair; Professor of Comparative Literature & Humanities

East Asian Languages and Literatures

Aaron Gerow

Department Chair; Professor of Film Studies and East Asian Languages & Literatures


Jessica Brantley

Department Chair; Professor of English

Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (Program)†

Alicia Schmidt Camacho

Program Chair; Professor of American Studies

Film and Media Studies (Program)

John Durham Peters

Program Chair; Maria Rosa Menocal Professor of English and of Film and Media Studies


Pierre Saint-Amand

Department Chair; Benjamin F. Barge Professor of French, and DGS

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Kirk Wetters

Department Chair; Professor of Germanic Language and Literature


Alan Mikhail

Department Chair; Professor of History

History of Art

Timothy Barringer

Department Chair; Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art

Humanities (Program)

Bryan Garsten

Program Chair; Professor of Political Science and Humanities

Italian Studies

Jane Tylus

Department Chair; Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Italian


Ian Quinn

Department Chair, Professor

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Kevin van Bladel

Acting Chair (AY2020-21), Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, DGS

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Shawkat Toorawa

Department Chair; Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations


Verity Harte

Department Chair; George A. Saden Prof of Philosophy and Classics

Religious Studies

Frank Griffel

Department Chair; Professor of Religious Studies

Slavic Languages and Literatures

John Mackay

Department Chair; Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Film Studies

Spanish and Portuguese

Jesus Velasco

Department Chair; Professor of Spanish

Theater and Performance Studies

Tavia Nyong'o

Chair; Professor of Theater Studies, of African American Studies, and of American Studies

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Program)†

Roderick Ferguson

Program Chair

Social Science


Anne Underhill

Department Chair; Professor of Anthropology


Tony Smith

Department Chair; William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Economics


Raffaella Zanuttini

Department Chair; Professor of Linguistics

Political Science

Gregory Huber

Department Chair; Forst Family Professor of Political Science, Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies


Tyrone Cannon

Department Chair; Clark L. Hull Professor of Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry


Grace Kao

Department Chair; IBM Professor of Sociology

Statistics and Data Science

Harry Zhou

Department Chair; Professor of Statistics



Sarbani Basu

Department Chair; Professor of Astronomy


Kurt Zilm

Department Chair; Professor of Chemistry

Earth and Planetary Sciences

David Bercovici

Department Chair; Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Geology and Geophysics

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Thomas Near

Department Chair; Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


Yair Minsky

Department Chair; Einar Hille Professor of Mathematics

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Enrique de la Cruz

Department Chair; Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry; Head of Branford College

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Vivian Irish

Department Chair; Professor of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology; Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


Karsten Heeger

Department Chair; Professor of Physics

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Applied Physics

Charles Ahn

Department Chair; William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Applied Physics & Physics & of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Biomedical Engineering

Jay Humphrey

Department Chair; John C. Malone Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Jaehong Kim

Department Chair; Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Computer Science

Zhong Shao

Department Chair; Professor of Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Leandros Tassiulas

Department Chair; John C. Malone Professor of Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Udo Schwarz

Department Chair; Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science; Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Additional Program Chairs

Applied Mathematics (Program)

Peter Jones

Program Chair; James E. English Professor of Mathematics & Applied Math

Cognitive Science (Program)†

Brian Scholl

Program Chair; Professor of Psychology

Ethics, Politics, and Economics (Program)†

Frances Rosenbluth

Program Director; Damon Wells Professor of Political Science

History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health (Program)

Deborah Coen

Program Chair; Professor of History

Judaic Studies (Program)

Maurice Samuels

Program Chair; Betty Jane Anlyan Prof of French

Medieval Studies (Program)

Emily Thornbury

Program Chair; Associate Professor of English

Renaissance Studies (Program)

Carlos Eire

Program Chair; T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies