Provost Alan M. Garber serves as Harvard University’s chief academic officer. He is also the Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of Economics in the Harvard 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. An economist and physician, he studies methods for improving health care productivity and health care financing.
Before becoming Provost at Harvard in 2011, 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. At Stanford, he founded and directed the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, and 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, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Garber received a PhD in Economics from Harvard and an MD with research honors from Stanford.
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.
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.
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.
Associate Provost for Institutional Research Director of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT)
Erin Driver-Linn is Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Director of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT). As Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Erin and the Office of Institutional Research produce internal and external research projects to support university priorities. Her office addresses a range of strategic issues, from Harvard's competitive environment and globalization to the future of research funding and changing trends in admissions and financial aid. She also oversees institutional reporting of data to the Department of Education, the production of the University Fact Book, and the coordination of university accreditation. As Director of HILT, Erin helps facilitate faculty experimentation with innovative pedagogies and works to forge collaborative ties among teaching and learning experts within and beyond the university. Before joining the Office of Institutional Research in 2008, Erin was Associate Director for Research at the Bok Center and Lecturer in the Harvard Department of Psychology, where she received her Ph.D. in experimental social psychology.
Vice Provost for International Affairs Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History
Mark Elliott is Vice Provost of International Affairs at Harvard University and the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and in the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
As Vice Provost, Elliott oversees and works to advance international academic initiatives, extending the global reach of Harvard’s research and teaching activities. In this capacity, Elliott serves as the University’s representative in negotiating agreements with foreign governments, receiving senior-level international delegations, and representing Harvard to peer institutions and alumni worldwide. In addition, he shares responsibility for supporting the community of international students, scholars, and faculty in Cambridge and Boston, as well as for guiding Harvard’s overall global strategy and sustaining its ongoing development as a global university.
Elliott is an authority on the last four centuries of Chinese history, in particular the Qing period (1636-1911). His research encompasses the history of relations between China and its nomadic frontier, with special attention to questions of ethnicity and empire. His first book, The Manchu Way: The Eight Banners and Ethnic Identity in Late Imperial China, is a pioneering study in the “New Qing History,” an approach emphasizing the imprint of Inner Asian traditions upon China’s last imperial state. He is also the author of Emperor Qianlong: Son of Heaven, Man of the World, and has published more than twenty-five scholarly articles. He serves on numerous editorial boards, and was for three years the director of the Fairbank Center of Chinese Studies.
A graduate of Yale (BA 1981 summa cum laude, MA 1984), Elliott earned his PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara and at the University of Michigan before coming to Harvard in 2003. He can be found on Twitter at @Mark_C_Elliott.
Lori E. Gross has been Associate Provost for Arts and Culture at Harvard University since July 2008 focusing on the university-wide arts agenda. In this role, she works with the Harvard Art Museums, the American Repertory Theater, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Harvard University Press, Villa I Tatti, and the Arnold Arboretum, on issues ranging from day-to-day operational matters to strategic planning. She works with the Office for the Arts, the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Harvard University Native American Program, the Graduate School of Design, the Harvard Divinity School, and the Division of Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts Sciences on cross-university issues and initiatives involving the arts and humanities. Gross is a member of the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, the Board of Trustees of the American Repertory Theater, the Film Study Center Advisory Committee, and the Executive Board of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.
Gross previously served as Director of Arts Initiatives and Advisor to the Associate Provost for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where her principal responsibilities included strategic planning, communications policy and implementation, resource development, and facilities planning. Prior to her career in academia, Gross held a variety of posts in museums at a number of institutions internationally, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Canadian Center for Architecture and worked with numerous cultural institutions in Spain. As the Founding Director of the Museum Loan Network (MLN) from its establishment in 1995 through 2007 she facilitated the long-term loan of objects of cultural heritage and encouraged interdisciplinary collaborations among U.S. institutions enabling them to better serve their communities.
Senior Associate Provost, Chief Technology Development Officer
Mr. Kohlberg, formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Tel Aviv University Economic Corporation and CEO of its technology transfer organization, oversees the development of new inventions and technologies arising from research at Harvard. The Office of Technology Development (OTD) elicits and evaluates new inventions and discoveries made by the faculty, and determines whether to pursue patent protection on behalf of the University. In keeping with Harvard's mission to serve the public good, OTD strives to make these new technologies widely available to society by transferring them to industry for development and real world application. Companies seek to acquire rights to promising new inventions made at Harvard in order to develop them into new products, such as biopharmaceuticals, medical devices and advanced research materials which, it is hoped, will one day be available on the market, thereby contributing to society through the advancement of science, medicine and industry. Licenses include a financial consideration for the University which, in turn, helps support the expense of patenting future inventions, as well as of ongoing research and academic endeavors at Harvard. Thus, OTD serves to protect new discoveries made by Harvards research enterprise while simultaneously helping to make additional research possible, often resulting in direct or indirect benefit to the public at large.
Associate Provost for Social Sciences and Professions
Dr. Koretz serves as the Provost's chief adviser on matters involving the social sciences and departments or schools of public policy, law, education and business. She manages cross-faculty initiatives in these areas and supports the development of new interfaculty projects. Dr. Koretz also works with senior management of the social sciences and related professional schools on academic and budget planning and various aspects of visitation and appointments for which the Provost's office has responsibility.
Vice Provost for Research Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Richard McCullough, Ph.D. has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas, Dallas, earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University.
Since 2012, Dr. McCullough has been the Vice Provost for Research, working with the President and Provost to encourage, cultivate, and coordinate high impact academic research across all of Harvard’s schools and affiliated institutions. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) has broad responsibility and oversight for the development, review, and implementation of strategies, planning, and policies related to the organization and execution of academic research across the entire university. Dr. McCullough leads a new office of Foundation and Corporate Development. He also assists in oversight of many of the interdisciplinary institutes, centers and initiatives across Harvard.
Under Vice Provost McCullough’s leadership, the Office of the VPR is particularly focused on removing barriers to collaboration, whether in University policies, or financial or administrative systems. Additionally, the Vice Provost for Research works with the President and Provost to foster and encourage entrepreneurship among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members. He also helps to lead the development of the new innovation campus.
Richard McCullough is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Harvard and is a member of numerous professional societies and boards.
Prior to being named Vice Provost for Research at Harvard, Dr. McCullough was the Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he previously served as the Dean of the Mellon College of Science, and Professor and head of the Department of Chemistry. Dr. McCullough has founded two companies: Plextronics Inc, and Liquid X Printed Metals.
Peggy Newell joined the Office of the Provost in November of 2012 as Deputy Provost. She is responsible for strategic and tactical planning and management of all provostial activities, as well as advising the Provost on a wide array of administrative matters requiring executive decision-making. Initially, she will focus on supporting the campaign and planning for the Science and Engineering complex in Allston, with the goal of effectively planning, communicating, and implementing these important initiatives in ways that best serve the University. Prior to coming to Harvard, Peggy held a variety of positions over a thirty year career at Tufts University, most recently serving as Provost ad interim, Vice Provost, and Associate Provost for Research. Prior to joining the Provost's Office at Tufts, she was Associate Dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and Associate Dean for Special Programs at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Meredith oversees the daily and long-term activities of the Provost’s office and directs special projects on behalf of the Provost. She facilitates communication among the Provost’s senior staff and with the Office of the President, and she serves as the Provost’s representative in a variety of contexts. Meredith is also the primary point person within the Provost’s office for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in History and an A.B. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, both from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity James Bryant Conant Professor of Education
Professor Singer, James Bryant Conant Professor of Education at Harvard University, was named Harvard’s Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity in July 2008. Working closely with the President and Provost, she is responsible for faculty development and diversity across the University, addressing the need for more systematic review and analysis of appointments, with an eye to ensuring greater excellence and diversity in faculty ranks. She serves as a key adviser in the ad hoc tenure process, chairs the Provost’s Review Committee on Faculty Appointments, and oversees the administration of funds designated to facilitate the appointment of outstanding scholars who increase the faculty’s diversity. Working closely with colleagues across the University, Singer oversees and guides institutional policies and transformation in all areas of faculty affairs, providing intellectual leadership and coordination across the Schools with the twin goals of increasing accountability and fostering measureable progress in important domains.
An internationally renowned statistician, Singer has written nearly 100 papers and three books primarily focused on the practice of multilevel modeling, survival analysis, and individual growth modeling in a broad array of disciplines including statistics, education, psychology, medicine, and public health. Singer has received numerous honors for her work, including a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and election to the National Academy of Education. Singer received her B.A. in Mathematics, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany in 1976. She has been at Harvard ever since, receiving her Ph.D. in Statistics in 1983. In 1984, she began her academic career as an Assistant Professor of Education and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and Professor in 1993. She was named the James Bryant Conant Professor of Education in 2001. From 1999 to 2004 Singer served as academic dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and acting dean from 2001 to 2002. For further information, you may visit Professor Singer's faculty website.
Sarah Thomas is vice president for the Harvard Library and the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College. From 2007 to 2013 she served as Bodley's Librarian, overseeing Oxford's university libraries, including the historic Bodleian Library. She was University Librarian at Cornell University from 1996 until 2007. She began her career at Harvard University's Widener Library and has since worked at Johns Hopkins University, the Research Libraries Group (Stanford, CA), the National Agricultural Library, and the Library of Congress. In 2007 she received the Melvil Dewey Award from the American Library Association, and in 2004 she served as the President of the Association of Research Libraries. In 2010 she was elected a member of Oxford's University Council. She is a member of the RLUK Board of Directors.
She is a graduate of Smith College, and holds a MS in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, and a Ph.D. in German literature from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.