Dean of Studies Natalie Friedman

As Barnard's Dean of Studies, I direct the College's academic student support services, including our Class Deans, and serve as point-person for the faculty pre-major advising program for all all incoming first-years, transfers, and sophomores. I recruit and coordinate the faculty advisers; chair the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing, which oversees petition processes for exceptions to academic policy; sit on the Committee on Instruction, which is the faculty entity charged with curricular management; and sit on the Dean's Evaluation Committee, which tracks students of concern or who may be at-risk. In addition, I manage application and selection process of student speakers at Commencement; meet with individual students; work with parents of students as necessary; and support the work of the Dean of the College in various other capacities.

About Me

I have been the Dean of Studies at Barnard since the summer of 2013. Prior to joining the College, I served as the Assistant Dean of Students at New York University's College of Arts and Sciences, and also worked as both a professor and administrator at Vassar College, Boston University, and Marymount College of Fordham University. I earned a bachelor's degree in English and French from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in English from NYU. I am a native New Yorker, a child of immigrant parents, and am now living in Manhattan for the first time in my life with my two children and husband.
In my spare time, I like to haunt bookstores, try new recipes, attend dance performances, and plot ways of getting to a beach (one of my favorites: Brighton Beach, Brooklyn). 

I look forward to working with you!

Dean of Studies
Natalie Friedman