Alan M. Garber

Alan M. Garber


Alan M. Garber, MD, PhD is Provost of Harvard University and the Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Before becoming the Provost at Harvard, Dr. Garber was the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor and a Professor of Medicine, as well as a Professor of Economics, Health Research and Policy, and Economics in the Graduate School of Business (by courtesy) at Stanford University. From 1997 to 2011, he was Director of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research in the Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Health Policy at Stanford, and from 1986 to 2011 he served as a Staff Physician at the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Garber is an Elected Member of the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and an Elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians. He currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Health Economics. He is a member of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy of the National Academies, and formerly served as a member of the Panel of Health Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office.  A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, 1977 ('76), Dr. Garber received a PhD in Economics from Harvard and a MD from Stanford. 

Assisted by: Lyn Ferguson, 617.496.5100,

Elizabeth Ancarana

Elizabeth Ancarana

Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity

Elizabeth works closely with senior administration, faculty, deans, and the larger community across Harvard to aid in the recruitment, development, promotion, and retention of faculty in all departments. Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Elizabeth served for almost a decade as Assistant Dean for Faculty Development in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard where she supported faculty recruitment at all levels. She also plays a leadership role in the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) on both a national and regional level and is an active member of the International Higher Education Dual Career Association (IHEDCA) and the College and University Work-Family Association (CUFWA).  Elizabeth’s area of professional expertise includes academic affairs, faculty recruitment and development, and dual-career assistance for faculty couples, as well as academic advising and study abroad programs for students.

Peter Bol

Peter Bol

Vice Provost for Advances in Learning
Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Peter K. Bol is Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. As Vice Provost he is responsible for guiding support and services for faculty to create the best, highest-quality 21st century learning and teaching environment (on-campus and online). Through his office, Bol has budgetary oversight of HarvardX, the Harvard Initiative in Learning and Teaching (HILT), and HarvardX research and research collaborations to advance the science of learning.

With input from the VPAL Advisory Committee, he works across the University to develop policies and best practices for online and blended learning and foster closer collaboration with the Harvard Library, the museums, the Division of Continuing Education, and Harvard University Information Technology, as well as teaching and learning hubs such as the Bok Center.

As the founding director of the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, Bol has long been interested in how technology can be used to advance learning and teaching in all fields. With his colleague William Kirby, he also teaches the HarvardX course, ChinaX, one of the most ambitious and comprehensive MOOCs (massive open online courses) ever produced, with content spanning over 15 months. He has taught on-campus versions of the course in both traditional and blended formats for several decades.

Bol’s research is centered on the history of China's cultural elites at the national and local levels from the 7th to the 17th century. His books and articles have appeared in all East Asian languages. A global scholar, he leads collaborations between Harvard and leading institutions in China and Taiwan, directing the China Historical Geographic Information Systems project (with Fudan University in Shanghai) a GIS encompassing 2000 years of Chinese history; and the China Biographical Database project (with Academia Sinica in Taiwan and Peking University), an online relational database that includes 350,000 historical figures and is being expanded to include all biographical data in China's historical record over the last 2000 years.

Bol is the author of This Culture of Ours: Intellectual Transitions in T'ang and Sung China, Neo-Confucianism in History; co-author of Sung Dynasty Uses of the I-ching; co-editor of Ways with Words, and an author of various journal articles in Chinese, Japanese, and English.

Assisted by: Molly Groome, 617.496.8969,

Kathleen  Buckley

Kathleen Buckley

Associate Provost for Science and
Director of Academic Affairs for Interdisciplinary Science

In her position as associate provost for science, Dr. Buckley is responsible for the development and academic oversight of University-wide, interfaculty science-based initiatives, including the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI); the Origins of Life Initiative (OLI); the Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI); Mind, Brain and Behavior Interfaculty Initiative (MBB); Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE); the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering; the HMS-FAS Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology; and the Harvard Brain Initiative. She also works with the senior administrators of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Division of Science), SEAS, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine on University-wide planning efforts in the sciences and serves as the liaison to working groups and committees focused on science issues.  She provides guidance on faculty appointment processes for cross-faculty science initiatives.

Dr. Buckley received the AB in Biology and her PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard University.  Following postdoctoral work in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California in San Francisco, Dr. Buckley was appointed to the faculty in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School.  She subsequently moved to the FAS to serve as assistant dean for academic affairs (natural and applied sciences) before joining the provost’s office in her current position.

Assisted by: Ariana Brody, 617.495.9127,

Rick Calixto

Rick Calixto

Executive Director of the Harvard Trademark Program

Mr. Calixto oversees the office responsible for protecting and licensing Harvard’s trademarks throughout the world. Under Mr. Calixto’s guidance, the office also assists Harvard schools, departments and other University units with trademark related issues and provides advice concerning the University policies governing the proper use of the Harvard name and trademarks.

Assisted by: Gary Cahill, 617.496.8755,