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The roles and titles of some of the deans have changed. This site is currently under construction. We ask that you check back soon for updates.

Natalie Friedman

Dean of Studies and Senior Class Dean

  • Oversees operations of Dean of Studies Office
  • Liaison to faculty regarding advising and academic matters
  • Advises students on all matters pertaining to academic achievement or concerns
  • Resource person for all seniors in matters academic or personal
  • Contact: nfriedman@barnard.edu, or schedule an appointment


Rebecca Grabiner 

First-Year Class Dean and Coordinator of Academic Assistance


Christina Kuan Tsu

Sophomore Class Dean and Dean for Transfer Student Advising

  • Resource person for all sophomores in matters academic or personal
  • Coordinates transfer advising and serves as adviser to transfer students
  • Barnard adjudication panelist to Columbia University's Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students
  • Contact: ckuantsu@barnard.edu, or schedule an appointment


James Runsdorf

Junior Class Dean and Coordinator of Fellowship Advising 

  • Resource person for all juniors in matters academic or personal
  • Coordinator for advising for fellowships
  • Adviser for students and alumnae interested in Fulbright Scholarships
  • Adviser to students interested in Barnard's special programs with the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
  • Adviser to transfer students
  • Contact: jrunsdorf@barnard.edu, or schedule an appointment


Adjua Starks

Dean for Pre-Law and Pre-Health Professions Advising 

  • Adviser for students and alumnae interested in various health careers
  • Chair of Barnard’s Pre-Health Professions Committee
  • Adviser to students and alumnae interested in Law School
  • Contact: astarks@barnard.edu, or schedule an appointment


Michell Tollinchi-Michel

Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment and Community Initiatives

  • Oversees the CSTEP/STEP and HEOP programs
  • Administrative Coordinator for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
  • Coordinator for the Spelman/Howard Domestic Exchange Program
  • Associate Director of the Intercollegiate Program under the Hughes Science Pipeline Project
  • Adviser to students interested in Social Work School
  • Adviser to transfer students
  • Contact: mtollinchi@barnard.edu, or schedule an appointment