DoSS Strategic Planning

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    Revitalizing our Academic Communities

    Optimizing and aligning the division’s departments and centers to support the core research and teaching mission of the FAS

As part of the three-year FAS Strategic Planning process, the Division of Social Science will be focused on fully optimizing and appropriately aligning the division’s departments and centers to support the core research and teaching mission of the FAS, both now and in the future.​

DoSS Centers & Departments Steering Committee


Lawrence Bobo, Dean of Social Science; W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences


  • Sidney ChalhoubDavid and Peggy Rockefeller Professor of History and of African and African American Studies; Chair of the History Department [joined in AY23]
  • Ryan Enos, Professor of Government; Director of the Center for American Political Studies
  • Brian Farrell, Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America; Professor of Biology (former director of DRCLAS)
  • Erez Manela, Professor of History; Acting Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs [joined in AY23]
  • Elaine PapouliasExecutive Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
  • James RobsonJames C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; William Fung Director of the Asia Center
  • Damari Rosado, Executive Director of the Economics Department
  • Martha WhiteheadVice President for the Harvard Library; University Librarian; Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Ex Officio

  • Bev BeattyAdministrative Dean of Social Science
  • Valerie Beilenson, Senior Project Manager, FAS Dean's Office
  • Mark ElliottMark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History; Vice Provost of International Affairs
  • Jennifer ShephardSpecial Initiatives Program Manager, DoSS

Past Members

  • Ann BlairCarl H. Pforzheimer University Professor; Chair of the History Department [AY22]
  • Melani CammettClarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs; Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs [AY22]
  • Mary WatersPVK Professor of Arts and Sciences;  John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology (former chair of Sociology) [AY22]

Committee's Charge, Spring 2022

  1. Deepen outreach to Departments and Centers to establish and document:​
    • A shared understanding of the role of Departments and Centers in advancing the FAS’s core research and teaching mission​
    • Structures or processes that are working well and position us for future success​
    • Structures or processes that are working less well, along with possible solutions​
    • Principles to drive decision-making re the allocation of resources, which should ensure:​
      • Equitable & effective support of faculty research, particularly innovative & interdisciplinary efforts​
      • Equitable & effective support of graduate & undergraduate learning inside & outside the classroom​
      • Appropriate support of academic leadership​
      • Financial sustainability and proper accounting of costs, including space
  2. Develop recommendations for FY23 pilot projects based on input from outreach efforts

FSG Report Recommendations

The committee's charge arises from the FSG report, which advised that the academic divisions and SEAS create robust, transparent mechanisms to engage faculty leaders of research centers directly in:​

  • The strategic planning process on the future of FAS academic structures​
  • Interdisciplinary program building and faculty hiring ​
  • Academic planning to identify and support shared academic priorities and needs​
  • More formal coordination with GSAS and Harvard College in funding student programs and support​
  • Partnering with Director of Endowment Funds to review terms to identify opportunities for restricted funds to be used more broadly to support shared academic priorities​
  • Attaining greater administrative efficiency and reducing overhead perhaps through shared service units offering specialized support for common needs​
  • Engaging Centers in becoming financially sustainable, to include fully covering their total space costs with local funds​
  • Identifying opportunities to better support faculty directors, given their many other time-consuming responsibilities on campus and in the profession

DoSS Community Engagement

There will be plenty of opportunities for DoSS community members to contribute to the planning process via various mechanisms from surveys to small group discussions and more. In the meantime, everyone is welcome to send thoughts, concerns, and questions to the Divisional office at

(Page last updated 31 October 2022.)