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Deans & Staff


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

Contact Esther O'Donnell to schedule an appointment.
Weekly office hours for graduate students: Mondays, 2 - 3 pm, Horace Mann 202 unless otherwise noted below.

Fall 2019 Office Hours

  • Monday, September 16, 2-3 pm: Sidney Frank Hall, 550
  • Thursday, September 26, 3-4 pm: Brown Center for Students of Color, Conference Room
  • Monday, September 30, 1-2 pm: MFA, 46 Aborn Street
  • Monday, October 7, 2-3 pm: Engineering Research Center, 206
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2-3 pm: Sidney Frank Hall, 550
  • Thursday, October 24, 3-4 pm: Brown Center for Students of Color, Conference Room
  • Monday, October 28, 2-3 pm: School of Public Health, 347
  • Monday, November 4, 2-3 pm: Engineering Research Center, 206
  • Monday, November 11, 2-3 pm: Sidney Frank Hall, 550
  • Monday, November 18, 2-3 pm: Brown Center for Students of Color, Conference Room
  • Monday, November 25, 2-3 pm: School of Public Health, 347
  • Monday, December 2, 2-3 pm: Engineering Research Center, 206
  • Thursday, December 12, 1-2 pm: Horace Mann, 202
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 Tuesdays 2-4 pm, appointments at other times available through online self-scheduling, and by appointment.

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

Drop-by hours: Wednesday, 10-11 am; and Friday, 1-2 pm.

Shayna KesselShayna Kessel

Shayna Kessel
Currently on leave through November 1, 2019
Associate Dean of Master's Education
Interim Associate Dean for International Graduate Students

For assistance with:

  • a change of EDOC 
  • a change of program structure or status
  • readmission or return from leave
please contact Barbara Bennett.

For assistance with:

  • master's admissions
  • matters related to Graduate Council 
  • academic warning and dismissal
  • a signature on a course add/drop form
  • grade changes
  • questions about the Integrative Studies program

please contact Associate Dean Thomas A. Lewis.

 For assistance with: Visiting Research Fellows
please contact Vanessa Ryan.

If your question does not fall under any of these categories, please check out our Who to Ask pages or 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
Marie CarreiroMarie Carreiro

Marie Carreiro
Admission Coordinator

  • Program liaison for Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology/Ancient World, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Economics, Education, Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies, Computer Music and Multimedia, Ethnomusicology, and Public Humanities
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 Comparative Literature, Engineering, English, French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies, Literary Arts, Mathematics, Modern Culture & Media, 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

Julie KindschyJulie Kindschy

Julie Kindschy
Manager, Admission & Reporting

  • Managing admission operations
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
Esther ReynosoEsther Reynoso

Esther O'Donnell
Executive Assistant to the Dean and Graduate School Office Manager

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

Kelly Scott
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
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