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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 2021 & Winter 2022 Office Hours: Mondays from 2-3 pm, unless noted below.
Email [email protected] to request an in person or Zoom meeting.


Wednesday, January 12 and Wednesday, January 19, 2022:
Dean Campbell will hold office hours on Wednesday from 2-3pm rather than Monday for the weeks of January 10th and January 17th.


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 1-3 pm, and appointments at other times are available through online self-scheduling.

Alycia Mosley AustinAlycia Mosley Austin

Alycia Mosley Austin
Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion

  • 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 and Professional Programs
School of Professional Studies | 225 Dyer Street

  • Mentors and advises master's students
  • Liaison to master's programs
  • Coordinates with University offices to support students and programs, including the Registrar's Office
  • Leads master's and professional program assessment and new program development

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
Associate Dean for Administration & 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
Susan ElySusan Ely

Susan Ely
Communications and Special Events Manager

  • Graduate School website manager
  • Social media 
  • Graduate School communications and special events
Maria FariaMaria Faria

Maria Faria
Admission Coordinator

  • Program liaison for the PhD programs in Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology/Ancient World, Chemistry, Classics, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Earth, Envir. & Planetary Sciences, Economics, Egyptology and Assyriology, Engineering, English, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies, Literary Arts, Mathematics, Modern Culture & Media, Music: Multimedia Composition, Music: Musicology & Ethnomusicology, Physics, Portuguese & Brazilian Studies, Religious Studies, 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
Office of Information Technology

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

Available: Tuesdays, Wednesday 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
Gail LeeGail Lee

Gail Lee
Human Resources Coordinator
University Human Resources | South Street Landing

  • Graduate student payroll administration
Kelly NasonKelly Nason

Kelly Nason
Assistant Director of Financial Planning and Analysis
Budget, Planning, and Analysis | South Street Landing

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

Jessica Porter
Operations and Student Affairs Specialist

  • Student insurance processing 
  • Emergency Funding processing support
  • CollegeNET prospective student messaging support
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 (all programs), Center for Computational Molecular Biology (CCMB), Cognitive/Linguistics/Psychology, History, History of Art, Neuroscience, Political Science, Public Health (Doctoral), Sociology, Theatre and Performance Studies (all programs)

Open Position
Executive Assistant to the Dean and Graduate School Office Manager

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

William Wittels
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs

  • Graduate Digital CV
  • Program review support
  • Updating of academic policies
  • Fellowship application support