Academic Leadership

Eric Chasalow


Eric Chasalow

Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Irving Fine Professor of Music
D.M.A., Columbia University

Eric Chasalow, an award-winning composer and the Irving Fine Professor of Music, was appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2014. Since becoming part of the Brandeis faculty in 1990, Eric has shared his passion for electro-acoustic and traditional music composition with the Brandeis community, serving as chair of the music department from 1996-2002.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in theory, composition, and electronic music, Eric serves as the director of the internationally recognized Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (BEAMS). His reach also extends beyond the music department: Eric recently completed a two-year term as chair of the Faculty Senate and has served on both the strategic planning steering committee (2012-13) and Provost's University Advisory Committee (2011-13).

Dean Kathryn Graddy Kathryn Graddy

Dean, International Business School
Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Professor in Economics
PhD, Princeton University

Kathryn Graddy, the Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Professor in Economics, was appointed dean of the Brandeis International Business School in 2018. Graddy has held numerous leadership positions at Brandeis. She previously served as senior associate dean and PhD program director at the business school. Graddy is also the former chair of the university's economics department. Under her leadership as senior associate dean, the school achieved STEM designations for its core programs, developed a new master's in business analytics and expanded partnerships with academic institutions worldwide.

Graddy's research focuses on the economics of art, culture and, more generally, industrial organization. She is the former editor of the Journal of Cultural Economics and has published papers in top international journals, including The American Economic Review, Management Science, the Journal of Economic Literature, The Rand Journal of Economics and The Journal of Economic History. Graddy has written policy papers on Artist's Resale Right for the World Intellectual Property Organization and the UK Patent Office.

Graddy came to Brandeis from Oxford University in 2007. She received her PhD in economics from Princeton University, her MBA from Columbia University and her BS and BA in mathematics and Russian from Tulane University. At Oxford, Graddy was a fellow of Exeter College and a junior research fellow at Jesus College. She also served as assistant professor of economics at the London Business School. In March 2018, Graddy was awarded an honorary doctorate from Copenhagen Business School.

Dean Dorothy HodgsonDorothy L. Hodgson

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Anthropology
PhD, University of Michigan

Dorothy L. Hodgson became the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in August 2018. She oversees undergraduate admissions, the undergraduate and graduate curricula, faculty, staffing, the oversight of academic departments, and other academic matters, including the implementation of recently updated general education requirements.

Prior to coming to Brandeis, she was distinguished professor of anthropology and senior associate dean for academic affairs at Rutgers University’s School of Graduate Studies, part of a leadership team that oversaw research-based doctoral, master's and dual-degree programs.

Hodgson is an internationally renowned, award-winning historical anthropologist who has worked in East Africa for more than 30 years, primarily among Maasai communities in Tanzania. Her research has examined such topics as gender, ethnicity, cultural politics, colonialism, the missionary encounter, transnational organizing and the indigenous rights movement. She has authored or edited 10 books and numerous articles and book chapters, with the support of awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, National Sciences Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, among other sources.

Hodgson has served as president of the African Studies Association (2015-2016) and of the Association for Feminist Anthropology (2009-2011). She also previously served as chair and graduate director of Rutgers' Department of Anthropology and director of Rutgers’ Institute for Research on Women. She is currently editor-in-chief of the "Oxford Research Encyclopedia on African Women’s History."

Hodgson earned her bachelor's degree in English at the University of Virginia, and her master's and doctoral degrees in anthropology at the University of Michigan.

Karen MuncasterKaren Muncaster

Vice President, Rabb School
Ph.D., Boston College

Karen Muncaster became vice president of the Rabb School of Continuing Studies in July 2014.

Muncaster came to Brandeis University from Boston Architectural College, where she held the position of vice president for professional and continuing education. Previously, Muncaster was with Lesley University as associate vice president for academic technology and program design. Her past roles included Dean of Continuing Education at Southern New Hampshire University, where she helped launch the online education division and Middlesex Community College, first as the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities and then as the Director of Continuing Education. She has also taught high school special education classes.

Muncaster holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College, where she focused her research on the support of part-time faculty in the academy. She also holds an M.Ed. from Tufts University and a B.S. from Indiana University. She currently serves as a commissioner for the CIHE of NEASC.

David WeilDavid Weil

Dean, Heller School for Social Policy and Management
PhD, Harvard University

David Weil has been named dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, effective August 14, 2017. Weil will lead the policy school and research institution, which works to drive positive social change through research, education and public engagement that addresses disparities in well-being across fields, from health care to sustainable development.

Weil comes to Brandeis from Boston University's Questrom School of Business, where he was the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management. In 2014, Weil took a leave from BU when former President Barack Obama appointed him to head the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, which is charged with promoting and achieving compliance with fundamental labor standards, including those related to the minimum wage, overtime, child labor and family medical leave. Weil is an internationally recognized expert in employment and labor market policy. He co-founded and co-directed the Transparency Policy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has advised international organizations as well as government agencies at the state and federal levels. He is also the author of more than 100 articles and five books, including, most recently, "The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It," which examines how practices like outsourcing change business organizations and erode relationships between employers and their workers.

Weil earned a bachelor's degree at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, a master's in public policy at the Kennedy School and a PhD in public policy at Harvard.