Dean of the College
Maud S. Mandel, a professor of history and Judaic studies, currently serves as Brown's Dean of the College. The Dean of the College is Brown's senior undergraduate academic officer, whose responsibilities include the curriculum, academic advising, international study programs, and instruction. A strong proponent of the liberal arts and Brown's open curriculum, Professor Mandel began her own career as a graduate of Oberlin College (1989) after which she earned her graduate degrees at the University of Michigan (M.A., 1993; Ph.D. 1998). Having arrived at Brown as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 1997, Mandel joined the faculty permanently in 2001 and became a full professor in 2014. An active member of the leadership of the Department of History and the Program in Judaic Studies, she served as Director of the Program in Judaic Studies from 2012-2014. In addition, she has devoted significant attention to undergraduate advising and mentoring, overseeing numerous UTRA projects and serving as a seminar leader in the Team Enhanced Advising and Mentoring program.
Author of In the Aftermath of Genocide: Armenians and Jews in Twentieth Century France (Duke University Press, 2003) and Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict (Princeton University Press, 2014) and awardee of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society, Professor Mandel's research focuses primarily on the impact of policies and practices of inclusion and exclusion on ethnic and religious minorities in twentieth-century France, most notably Jews, Armenians, and Muslim North Africans. This interest in diversity and difference has informed Professor Mandel's course offerings at Brown as well as her administrative activities.