• picture of books in a bookcase
  • stained glass window
  • gate with building and trees with fall foliage
  • Harvard University's Memorial Church, Memorial Hall, and William James Hall against a sunset sky
  • photo of Widener Library
  • old painting of Harvard Square

Welcome!

Our mission is to combine the broad institutional perspective and deep local knowledge our unique position affords to: align resources to the teaching and research goals of our units; promote barrier-free collaboration among social science departments and centers; ensure administrative excellence in support of our academic objectives; and foster innovation and diffusion of best practices in administration and academic affairs. We are dedicated to promoting a culture of transparency, equity, and collegiality, and are guided by the belief that diversity is a foundational strength.

  • DIVISIONAL PRIORITIES

    • Recruit and retain the best early-career scholars •

  • DIVISIONAL PRIORITIES

    • Deepen faculty commitment to the undergraduate curriculum •

  • DIVISIONAL PRIORITIES

    • Engage and support effective academic leadership for social science departments and centers •

  • DIVISIONAL PRIORITIES

    • Attract and retain skilled administrative leadership and staff throughout the division •

  • DIVISIONAL PRIORITIES

    • Align the social science campus with current and emerging academic needs •

  • DIVISIONAL PRIORITIES

    • Foster the collective intellectual life of social science departments •

  • DIVISIONAL PRIORITIES

    • Launch a cross-disciplinary academic initiative on inequality •