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Deans & Staff


Graduate School staff and leadership are working remotely.

Please email [email protected] with questions or to set up a virtual meeting.

Brown University Graduate School
47 George Street, Box 1867
Providence, RI 02912 (401) 863-2600

Email Addresses:
Graduate Admission Staff: [email protected]
Graduate School Deans: [email protected]
Webmaster: [email protected]
Conference and travel funds: [email protected]
General inquiries: [email protected]

Andrew G. CampbellAndrew G. Campbell

Andrew G. Campbell
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Medical Science

Fall 2020 Office Hours: Mondays from 2-3 pm, unless noted below.
Email [email protected] to request a meeting via Zoom.

Office hours the week of October 12: Wednesday, October 14 from 2-3 pm

Thomas A. LewisThomas A. Lewis

Thomas A. Lewis
Co-Deputy Dean
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor of Religious Studies

  • Academic issues
  • Exchange programs
  • Leaves of absence

Meetings by appointment.

Vanessa RyanVanessa Ryan

Vanessa Ryan
Co-Deputy Dean
Associate Dean of Student Development

  • Student development programming and policy
  • Distinctive Opportunities
  • Professional development and liaison to CareerLAB and Sheridan Center
  • Liaison to the Office of the Dean of the College

Office hours appointments, Tuesdays 2-4 pm, and appointments at other times are available through online self-scheduling.

Marlina DuncanMarlina Duncan

Marlina Duncan
Associate Dean of Diversity Initiatives
Assistant Vice President for Academic Diversity, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity

  • Develops initiatives to foster positive and supportive climate and community
  • Liaison to programs and offices to support positive student experience and retention
  • Liaison to programs on recruitment planning and outreach

Meetings by appointment.

Shayna KesselShayna Kessel

Shayna Kessel
Associate Dean of Master's Education
Interim Associate Dean for International Graduate Students

  • Mentors and advises master's students
  • Liaison to master's programs
  • Oversees master's admission
  • Coordinates with University offices to support students and programs, including the Registrar's Office
  • Addresses questions about deposit fees and tuition and coordinates with the Bursar's Office

Meetings by appointment; to arrange one, email [email protected].

Maria SuarezMaria Suarez

Maria E. Suarez
Associate Dean of Student Support
Deputy Title IX Coordinator  

  • Support practices and policies
  • Support for individual students
  • Medical and personal leave
  • Coordinates with Office of Institutional Diversity
  • Liaison to the Office of Campus Life and Student Services, including Student and Employee Accessibility Services, as well as to Counseling and Psychological Services

Meetings times available through online self-scheduling, and by appointment. 

Ethan BernsteinEthan Bernstein

Ethan Bernstein
Director of Administration and Operations

  • Administration management
  • Admission
  • Day-to-day operations 
Staff and Partners
Peter BaronPeter Baron

Peter Baron
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Office of Financial Aid | Page-Robinson Hall, 2nd Floor, 69 Brown Street

  • Student-loan eligibility
  • Need-based grants and fellowships (GAANN, Javits, Gates, etc.)
  • Financial workshops for graduate students

Counselor On-Call Hours (to reach Peter or other financial aid staff): 
10 am-4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
11 am-4:30 pm Wednesday
Phone: 401-863-2721 

Barbara BennettBarbara Bennett

Barbara Bennett
Academic Affairs Manager

  • Liaison to Registrar and Bursar
  • Processing of Master's theses and PhD dissertations
  • Processing of leaves, withdrawals, and exchanges
Sam CaldisSam Caldis

Sam Caldis
Academic Affairs Specialist

  • Graduate Digital CV
  • Program review support
  • Updating of academic policies
Susan ElySusan Ely

Susan Ely
Communications Specialist

  • Graduate School website manager
  • Social media 
  • Graduate School communications and special events
Bev EhrichBev Ehrich

Bev Ehrich
Associate Director, Career Counseling, Graduate Student Program
CareerLAB | 167 Angell Street

  • GradCON organizer
  • Career Advising


Maria FariaMaria Faria

Maria Faria
Admission Coordinator

  • Program liaison for Africana Studies, American Studies (doctoral), Anthropology, Archaeology and the Ancient World, Chemistry (doctoral), Classics, Comparative Literature, Computer Science (doctoral), Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Economics, Egyptology and Assyriology, Engineering , English, French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies, Literary Arts, Mathematics, Modern Culture & Media, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Portuguese & Brazialian Studies, Public Afairs, Public Policy, Religious Studies, and Slavic Studies


Maija HallsmithMaija Hallsmith

Maija Hallsmith
Diversity Initiatives Program Assistant

  • Diversity recruitment and retention programming support
Kara KelleyKara Kelley

Kara Kelley
Senior Project Manager

  • Liaison between Graduate School operations and CIS
  • Business Process Analyst
  • Facilitator of the adoption of new IT tools and processes

Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Jen KimJen Kim

Jen Kim
English Language Support Specialist
Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning | Sciences Library | 201 Thayer Street, 7th Floor

  • English language learning support for graduate students
  • Language and culture programs and workshops
Julie KindschyJulie Kindschy

Julie Kindschy
Manager, Admission & Reporting

  • Managing admission operations
  • Program liaison for master's programs in American Studies, Computer Science, Data Science, Education, Public Humanities
Brittany LeclercBrittany Leclerc

Brittany Leclerc
Operations and Enrollment Management Specialist

  • Master's program enrollment management assistance
  • Emergency Funding processing support
  • CollegeNET prospective student messaging support
Gail LeeGail Lee

Gail Lee
Payroll Specialist
Financial & Administrative Networked Services, Office of the Provost 

  • Graduate student payroll administration
Kelly NasonKelly Nason

Kelly Nason
Senior Financial Analyst

  • Graduate School budget input and financial reporting
  • Operations management (stewardship, grant funds, travel funds, and payroll)
  • Graduate program financial plan set-up and analysis
Kirk RobinsonKirk Robinson

Kirk Robinson
Manager of Student Development 

  • Student development programming
  • Distinctive Opportunities
  • Community Fellows
  • Open Graduate Education program manager
Michelle RoseMichelle Rose

Michelle Rose
Financial Coordinator

  • Processing and review of graduate student appointments
  • External funding incentive plan and stipend top-ups
  • Conference and Research Travel
Terry SnookTerry Snook

Terry Snook
Senior Data Analyst

  • Graduate School data and reporting
  • Data visualization and analysis
  • Report applications (Cognos and Tableau)

Data Request Form

Lisa TillsonLisa Tillson

Lisa Tillson
Admission Coordinator

  • Program liaison for Applied Math, Biology and Medicine, Brown-Trinity Acting & Directing, Computational Biology, Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, History, History of Art, Neuroscience, Political Science, Public Health, Sociology, and Theatre Studies
Ray WindsorRay Windsor

Ray Windsor
Executive Assistant to the Dean and Graduate School Office Manager

  • Executive administrator for the dean
  • Programming support
  • Special events planning and logistics