Louise Lennihan is Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Graduate Center. In her role, she serves as the principal academic officer of the Graduate Center and deputy to the president, ensuring the quality and performance of the degree-granting programs. The provost also oversees Institutional Research and Effectiveness, the GC Library, Student Affairs, and Research and Sponsored Programs, as well as the offices of the associate provosts.
Dr. Lennihan joined the department of Anthropology at Hunter College in 1982 and has been a member of the Graduate Center doctoral faculty since 1987, serving as the Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology from 1997-2008. Prior to becoming Interim Provost, she served as Associate Provost and Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences for four years. Dr. Lennihan has held grants from the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, NIMH, and Fulbright-Hays.
Trained as a cultural anthropologist at Columbia University with a focus on West Africa, she has conducted archival and field research in northern Nigeria. She was part of a group of scholars who met at Ahmadu Bello University in the 1980s and who set out to write the area’s political economy from the onset of informal colonial rule in the late 19th century. Louise’s particular area of research was the regional agrarian labor history of Zaria Emirate following the abolition of slavery through the post-colonial oil boom, documenting a story of growing impoverishment and dispossession. Among her publications are articles in numerous journals and books, including Journal of Peasant Studies, Slavery and Abolition, Human Organization, Reviews in Anthropology, Human Ecology, and Golden Ages and Dark Ages: Imagining the Past in History and Anthropology.
Phone: (212) 817-7200
Fax: (212) 817-1612
Reporting to the Provost and serving as deputy, the Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs assists in supervising a variety of administrative and fiscal areas, including all doctoral and master’s programs, interdisciplinary studies, the certificate programs, students’ professional development, the Graduate Assistant Programs, annual dissertation awards competition, oversight of the CUNY Performance Management Process (PMP) annual reports for GC goals and outcomes, and the Language Reading Program. The Associate Provost and Dean for Academic affairs also plays a key leadership role in the Humanities, Social Science and Science Discipline clusters, and is a significant partner in the implementation of the Graduate Center’s Strategic Plan.
Phone: (212) 817-7205
Reporting to the Provost, the Interim Dean for the Sciences oversees all of the science doctoral programs (including the health science programs). The Interim Dean for the Sciences also monitors admissions and the 5-year student fellowship packages offered by the joint doctoral degree programs in the bench sciences, and plays a leadership role in the Science Discipline cluster.
Phone: (212) 817-7215
Interim Dean for the Sciences
Special Assistant to the Provost
CUNY Administrative Assistant
Associate Director of Graduate Assistant Programs/
Special Assistant to the
Associate Provost and Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences
CUNY Administrative Assistant
Fish, Barbara L.
Director of Faculty Administration and Academic Information Systems
Gayle, Tamra L.
Administrative Executive Coordinator
CUNY Office Assistant
Interim Provost and Senior Vice President
Assistant to the Provost
Assistant for Graduate School Committees
Associate Director for Academic Operations
Interim Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs
Staff Assistant for Academic Affairs
Executive Director of Academic Affairs
Assistant Director of Faculty Administration and Academic Information Systems