Academic Deans

Susan J. Birren

Susan J. Birren

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Neurobiology
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Susan J. Birren, professor of neurobiology, became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on July 1, 2011.

An internationally recognized researcher in developmental neurobiology who studies how developing nerve cells respond to the local environment to create the nervous system, Susan is affiliated with the National Center for Behavioral Genomics and the Volen Center for Complex Systems.

Susan is a distinguished scholar, an experienced academic leader and a talented educator. She has the wisdom to promote what is essential to each of the disciplines in the Arts and Sciences while working closely with each of the four schools, the different groups within the schools, and across disciplinary boundaries.

Susan received her Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles and did post-doctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, where she studied the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of the mammalian nervous system.


lisa lynchLisa M. Lynch

Dean and Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science

Lisa M. Lynch, Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, has served since July 2008 as Dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. From 1995 to 1997 she was the chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. She has been a faculty member at Tufts University, M.I.T., The Ohio State University, and the University of Bristol.

Lynch is currently a member of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a member of the National Academies Committee on National Statistics and president-elect of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Lynch is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Economic Policy Institute, and IZA in Bonn, Germany.

She has served as a director, deputy chair and chair of the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as well as chair of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve System.

She has published extensively on issues such as the impact of technological change and organizational innovation (especially training) on productivity and wages, the determinants of youth unemployment, and the school to work transition.

Lynch received her B.A. in economics and political science from Wellesley College and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics.


bruce magidBruce R. Magid

Dean, International Business School
Martin and Ahuva Gross Chair in Financial Markets and Institutions
Ph.D., Tufts University (Fletcher School)

Bruce R. Magid has served as dean of the International Business School since August 2007.

He was previously dean of the College of Business and the founding dean of the Lucas Graduate School of Business at San José State University. Prior to joining San José State, Magid was the founding executive director of MSU Global, Michigan State University's online and global distance education business unit. He was also an adjunct professor in the department of finance at Michigan State University's Eli Broad Graduate School of Management.

Before entering academic administration, Magid provided leadership as a managing director and senior vice president at Bank of America, where he served for 21 years, managing a variety of units, including international economic policy research groups and Latin America Division corporate finance.

Magid has also formerly served as senior adviser to the minister of planning of the Republic of Venezuela and developed and taught executive education courses.

Magid holds a multidisciplinary Ph.D. in international economics, business law and comparative politics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.


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).