Linda A. Bell, Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Professor of Economics
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Linda A. Bell is the Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Barnard College, where she is also a Professor of Economics. Previous to joining Barnard, Professor Bell was the Provost and John B. Hurford Professor of Economics at Haverford College. Provost Bell is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn Germany and a senior consultant for the labor practice group of the National Economic Research Associates.
Previously Provost Bell was a senior economist in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and project faculty on a Danish Research Council funded initiative at the Aarhus Business School in Denmark. She has served as a Board Member on the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession of the American Economic Association and has held visiting faculty appointments at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and at Stanford University. Provost Bell received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1986 and her bachelor degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 where she was a University Scholar. In her varied professional and scholarly capacities, Provost Bell has served as a consultant to the World Bank and the US Department of Labor. In addition to her academic work and teaching, she has been active in the American Association of University Professors, first in the capacity as Chair of the Committee on Faculty Compensation, where she authored the Association’s Annual Faculty Compensation Report from 1997-2001, and as a National Council Representative from 2003-2006.
Provost Bell is an empirical economist specializing in labor markets and public policy. She has written and lectured extensively on the topic of compensation, union concessions, and hours of work in the US and Europe. Her recent research focuses on the determination of gender compensation differences in executive pay in US large corporations generally, and on female mentorship at the executive level specifically. Her work has been published in the Journal of Labor Economics, Labour, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Economic Journal, Economic Letters, Proceedings of the ILLR, and the Federal Reserve Bank Quarterly Review.
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The Provost and the Dean of the Faculty, is the College's chief academic officer and carries out responsibilities central to the performance of the College's educational mission. The Provost is responsible for the development and administration of all instructional programs, academic activities and policies of the College. The Office of the Provost oversees forty academic departments and programs, the Barnard Library and Academic Information Services, and the Barnard Center for Research on Women. The Provost recommends to the President all nominations for appointment to the Faculty, and develops and implements the academic budget. The Provost is also the academic liaison with appropriate counterparts at Columbia University, and oversees and implements policies and programs related to faculty and curricular support.
The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty is committed to providing administrative leadership and support for the academic programs of Barnard College and to ensuring that the liberal arts education offered to its undergraduates meets the highest standards of quality. To these ends, members of the Provost's Office enable the Barnard faculty to excel in teaching and scholarship, and facilitate the work of the faculty in service and governance.
Hilary Lieberman Link, Vice Provost
Tyson Kaup, Executive Assistant to the Provost
Jane Holmes, Coordinator, Academic Affairs