Graduate Studies Contacts

Office of Graduate Studies
Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
801 22nd St. NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: 202-994-6210
Fax: 202-994-6213
Prospective Students/Applicants: [email protected] 
Current Students: [email protected]

Contact Us

Chad Heap
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
[email protected]

Rebecca Morris
Executive Assistant
[email protected]

Melissa Busskohl
Director, Graduate Studies & Student Services
[email protected]


Graduate Admissions

Phillips Hall, Suite 215 | [email protected]

Information Sessions: Click Here
Prospective Students: Book an Appointment
Applicants: Book an Appointment

Graduate Student Services

Smith Hall, Suite 118 | [email protected]
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Career Services Advising

Smith Hall, Suite 118 | [email protected]
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Graduate Recruitment

Phillips Hall, Suite 107 | [email protected]


Graduate Program Directors

Academy of Classical Acting
Director: Matt Wilson

American Studies
Director: Jamie Cohen-Cole (PhD program)
Director: Elaine Peña (MA program)

Anatomical & Translation Sciences
Director: Robert Hawley
Director: Nicole De Vaul

Director: Sarah Wagner (PhD program)
Director: Joel Kuipers (MA program)
Director: Steve Lubkemann (MA program)

Applied Economics
Director: Joann Weiner

Applied Mathematics
Director: Yanxiang Zhao (MS program)
Director: Joel Lewis (Certificate program)

Art History
Director: Mika Natif

Art Therapy/Art Therapy Practice
Director: Heidi Bardot

Bioinformatics & Molecular Biochemistry
Director: Manjari Dimri

Biological Sciences
Director: Scott Powell

Biomedical Sciences
Director: Alison Hall
Cancer Biology: Norman Lee, Yanfen Hu
Genomics & Bioinformatics: Ljubica Caldovic, Keith Crandall, Raja Mazumder, Eric Vilain
Microbiology and Immunology: Alberto Bosque, David Leitenberg
Neuroscience: Matthew Colonnese, Jason Triplett
Pharmacology & Physiology: Vince Chiappinelli, Colin Young, Nikki Posnack

Director: Feifang Hu (PhD program)
Director: Tapan Nayak (MS program)

Budget & Public Finance
Director: Joseph Cordes

Director: Martin Zysmilich
Admissions Director: Cynthia Dowd

Chinese Language and Literature
Director: Phyllis Zhang

Communication Management
Director: Meina Liu

Contexts of Environmental Policy
Director: Peter Linquiti

Director: Fran Buntman


Data Science
Director: Ryan Engstrom
Associate Program Director: Mary Gohar

Director: Roberto Samaniego (PhD Pre-Candidacy Admissions and Funding)
Director: Pam Labadie (PhD Pre-Candidacy Advising)
Director: Nicholas Vonortas (PhD Candidacy)

Director: Holly Dugan
Graduate Advisor: Robert McRuer

Environmental and Green Chemistry
Program & Admissions Director: Houston Miller
Program Director: Jakub Kostal

Environmental Resource Policy
Director: Rachel EmasPeter Linquiti

Exhibition Design
Director: Andrea Dietz

Financial Mathematics
Director: Joel Lewis

Fine Arts
Director: Maria del Carmen Montoya

Forensic Psychology
Director: Rocio Lopez-Sharifi

Forensic Sciences
Director: Daniele Podini (Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Investigation, Forensic Molecular Biology)
Director: Walter Rowe (Forensic Chemistry)

Director: Marie Price

GIS Certificate
Director: Brendan Hurley

Director: Joel Blecher (PhD program)
Director: Katrin Schultheiss (MA program)

Human Paleobiology
Director: Alison BrooksChet Sherwood (PhD program)
Director: David Braun (MS program)

Interaction Design
Director: Kevin Patton

Interior Architecture
Director: Catherine Anderson

Islamic Studies
Director: Mohammad Faghfoory


Jewish Cultural Arts
Director: Jenna Weissman Joselit

LGBT Health Policy and Practice
Director: Stephen Forssell


Director: Yanxiang Zhao (MA and PhD programs)
Director: Joel Lewis (Certificate program)

Media & Strategic Communication
Director: Sean Aday

Museum Collections Management & Care
Director: Mary Coughlin

Museum Studies
Director: Laura Schiavo
Graduate Advisors: Susan AndersonMax van Balgooy

New Media Photojournalism
Director: Susan Sterner

Non-Profit Management
Director: Michael Worth

Organizational Sciences
Director: Gelaye Debebe (MA)
Graduate Studies Advisor: Mary Lee
Director: David Constanza (I/O program)


Philosophy & Social Policy
Director: Eric Saidel

Director: Oleg Kargaltsev
Graduate Studies Advisor: Michael Doering

Political Science
Director: Ingrid Creppell

Professional Psychology
Director: Loring Ingraham

Psychological & Brain Sciences PhD
Director: Michelle Stock (Applied Social program)
Director: Sharon Lambert (Clinical program)
Director: Stephen Mitroff (Cognitive Neuroscience program)

Public Policy and Public Administration
Director: Anil Nathan (MPA and MPP program)
Director: Burt Barnow (PhD program)


Social Practice
Director: Maria del Carmen Montoya

Director: Fran Buntman

Speech-Language Pathology
Director: Adrienne Hancock
Admissions Chair: Michael Bamdad (New Applicant/Student Contact)

Director: Feifang Hu (PhD program)
Director: Tapan Nayak (MS program)
Adviser: Reza Modarres (MS program)

Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Director: Ashwini Tambe

Women's, Gender & Sexuality - Public Policy
Director: Cynthia Deitch