Matthew Heck

June 18, 2019

PhD candidate Matthew Heck has spent his time at Brandeis investigating the nuts and bolts of Shostakovich's musical language and attempting to bring together the existing scholarship from Russian and Anglophone theorists.

Deborah Lipstadt at Podium

May 19, 2019

"If we are going to fight prejudice, we must fight it across the board. You cannot be a fighter against antisemitism but be blind to racism or, even worse, engage in it yourself."

Karen Uhlenbeck

May 15, 2019

In March, mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck, MA’66, PhD’68, H’08, became the first woman to win the Abel Prize, awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for outstanding work in the field of mathematics.

Ha Jin

May 15, 2019

Exiled by political events in his native China, novelist Ha Jin, MA’89, PhD’93, H’05, discovered freedom writing in the English language.

Ryan Marcus

May 9, 2019

Ryan Marcus, PhD'19, discusses how machine learning can address the increasing complexity associated with cloud computing and existing data systems.

eric chasalow gives a certificate to a student

May 8, 2019

The GSAS dean honored this year's most outstanding teaching assistants with a ceremony in the Mandel Center on May 8.

Maham Ayez

May 2, 2019

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) has awarded seven University Prize Instructorships to doctoral students in Anthropology, Mathematics, Music Theory and Composition, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Neuroscience, and Psychology.

John Bergdall

April 29, 2019

John Bergdall works as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr having performed postdoctoral research at Boston University and the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

dmitry kleinbock

April 12, 2019

Dmitry Kleinbock has received the 2019 Dean’s Mentoring Award. He is the first professor of mathematics to win the award.

Gleb Kanasevich

April 3, 2019

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has awarded Dissertation Year Fellowships to seven doctoral candidates in Anthropology, English, History, Music Composition and Theory, and Politics.

Sarah Valente

April 3, 2019

Valente is planning a series of portraits of scientists for her spring exhibition. She majored in chemistry as an undergraduate, so she has a deep appreciation for science and the scientific community.

Chris Konow

March 22, 2019

Chris Konow researches the impact of growth on Turing patterns in the Epstein Lab. Turing patterns are named after the British mathematician Alan Turing, who proposed a mechanism for how differentiation can occur within a homogeneous system.

Jack Davis

March 21, 2019

Jack E. Davis, PhD'94, returned to campus on March 19, 2019 to give a talk about his Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea."

Veronica Flores

March 18, 2019

Veronica Flores, PhD'19, discusses her work across the disciplines of psychology and neuroscience in the Katz lab.

Christian Gochez

March 12, 2019

Christian Gochez became interested in biotechnology when he discovered the potential of genetically modified foods. He wants to understand how gene editing techniques can enrich crops to combat nutrient deficiencies in populations experiencing severe poverty.

Michelle Guaman

March 7, 2019

Michelle Guaman was drawn to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies because of her passion for women's reproductive health, education, and justice.

February 27, 2019

Habiba Farh studies the political trajectories of Arab-Americans in contemporary American society, specifically how the politicization of Arab-Americans growing up after the 9/11 attacks compares to the politicization of Arab-Americans who witnessed the attacks first hand.

Brittany Cassidy

February 22, 2019

Brittany Cassidy, PhD ’14, is interested in how we observe and evaluate others in our daily encounters. Earlier this year, the Association for Psychological Science recognized Cassidy as a Rising Star.

Adrianna Shy

February 12, 2019

PhD candidate Adrianna Shy’s first interaction with Brandeis came in 2016, when she participated in a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Jeremy Mele

February 11, 2019

At the end of his senior year of college, Jeremy Mele, MA'18, realized that he wanted to pursue a degree in Philosophy. Little did he know that his interest would eventually lead to a run for local office in his home state of Maine.

Victor Suarez

February 4, 2019

Víctor Suárez discusses his experience in the dual MS/MBA program in biotechnology and business at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Heller School of Social Policy at Brandeis.

Janna Lowensohn

January 29, 2019

In this episode of the Highlights Podcast, Janna Lowensohn, a PhD candidate in Physics and member of the Rogers Lab, discusses the process of experimentation involved with DNA self-assembly.


November 30, 2018

Steve Weglinski and Cheyenne Paris discuss how the Graduate Student Association represents graduate students across campus. They also discuss a new initiative to create a student association for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for the first time.

Will Edgecomb

November 29, 2018

Will Edgecomb came to Brandeis for a master’s degree with a view to eventually earning PhD in Philosophy. However, he ultimately decided to take advantage of the career opportunities offered by a degree in computer science.

Megan Finch

November 16, 2018

Megan Finch is writing a dissertation on the emergence of literature by black women writers in the post Black Power/Civil Rights era that re-signified the trope of the mad black woman. Hear more on the Highlights podcast.

chimpanzees interacting

November 15, 2018

Anthropology candidate Amy Hanes, MA'11, investigates the meaning of care. Her dissertation research has taken her deep into the forests of Cameroon, where she has spent months caring for orphaned Chimpanzees. Read about her experience and listen to a podcast about her research.

Dean Eric Chasalow

November 5, 2018

Watch Dean Chasalow take a couple of staff members on a quiet tour of some of Brandeis’ lesser-traveled corners to hunt for fungus – specifically the kind that taste succulent and savory when sautéed in butter (and don’t kill you).

Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli

September 18, 2018

Are you struggling with time management and keeping up with your writing schedule? In this episode of the Highlights Podcast, Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli discusses tools to help students increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance.


September 7, 2018

Brandeis has joined the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, a nationally recognized organization providing online career development and mentoring resources.

Dean Eric Chasalow

September 5, 2018

Hear the first episode of the Highlights Podcast with Dean Chasalow's welcome back for students. He speaks about ongoing initiatives at GSAS, upcoming events and workshops, and the importance of keeping an open mind during graduate study.

2018 diversity, excellence and inclusion scholars

August 30, 2018

On August 26, seven Diversity, Excellence and Inclusion Scholarship (DEIS) recipients were welcomed to Brandeis with a barbecue at dean Eric Chasalow’s house.

dean eric chasalow addresses students at orientation

August 27, 2018

On Monday, August 27, 2018, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) welcomed 333 new students, including 73 doctoral students, 231 master's students, and 29 post-bac and non-degree students.

Michael Rosbash and Vipin Suri

June 14, 2018

Vipin Suri PhD'01, the GSAS representative on the Brandeis Alumni Association board of directors, interviews 2017 Nobel Laureate Michael Rosbash at Alumni Weekend. Dr. Suri performed research in the Rosbash lab for five years as a graduate student.

Kendra Yarbor

May 18, 2018

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has awarded Dissertation Research Grants to sixteen doctoral candidates.

Sarah Mabry

May 14, 2018

Sarah Mabry pays tribute to the Brandeis experience, overcoming adversity and the importance of serving others.

Sarah Mabry

May 9, 2018

Sarah Mabry, a masters candidate in the Global Studies program, has been nominated to serve as graduate speaker at Commencement. She serves on the executive board of the Graduate Student Association, where she was recently elected as Vice President.

Matthew Linton

May 8, 2018

Matthew Linton, a PhD graduate in History, will serve as the Marshal for GSAS at Brandeis’ 67th Commencement.

Peggy Higgins

May 7, 2018

Eric Chasalow, the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, wishes to announce a new staffing structure for the school, designed to better serve our community.

Raul Ramos

May 2, 2018

PhD Candidate Raul Ramos returns to his native Texas to encourage underprivileged adolescents to consider careers in science.

Eric Chasalow with Student

April 30, 2018

Each year, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences asks each program to nominate an outstanding teaching fellow to be honored at a reception with the deans. This year, Susan Birren, the dean of Arts and Sciences, and Eric Chasalow, the dean of GSAS, presented the awards on April 30 in the Mandel Center.

Laura Miller

April 24, 2018

Each year, students and alumni at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) have the opportunity to recognize professors who have a profound impact on their education both inside and outside the classroom by nominating them for the Dean’s Mentoring Award.
Meghan Finch

April 19, 2018

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has awarded the 2018 Dissertation Year Fellowship to six doctoral candidates. The award provides a $33,500 stipend for students writing dissertations in the humanities or humanistic social sciences.

Jill Martin

March 28, 2018

If you can catch her between trips to Cambodia, Singapore and India, you will find social media entrepreneur Jill Martin at Brandeis pursuing a degree in Global Studies.

Christiana Joseph

March 20, 2018

Joseph hopes that a deeper understanding of African American women's perceptions of mental health will enable healthcare providers to cater to their needs more effectively.

Laura Loranjo

March 19, 2018

The 2018 University Prize Instructorship (UPI) has been awarded to five doctoral students in History, English, Musicology, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Psychology.

Lauren Bernard

March 9, 2018

Lauren Bernard examines music from the turn of the century to the present, applying interdisciplinary methods to the study of both classical and popular music.

Marika McCann

March 6, 2018

After seven months at GSAS, Marika McCann is taking a permanent position as Assistant Director at the Center for Career and Professional Development.

AK King

February 12, 2018

Informed by their own lived experience and conversations with other members of the queer community, AK King researches individuals of color who are masculine and assigned female gender identity at birth as part of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality program.

Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli

February 9, 2018

We are excited to welcome Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli and Monique Howell to our team at GSAS. Alyssa will serve as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, and Monique will serve as Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Admission.

Kristine Mackin

February 8, 2018

Kristine Mackin PhD'14, a graduate of the Biochemistry department, was elected to the Waltham City Council last year. We caught up with Kristine recently and asked her about her motivation for joining the City Council.

PBS Newshour

February 5, 2018

Theresa Rebeck, MA’83, MFA’86, PhD’89 discussed the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, the #MeToo movement, and working as a female playwright on PBS Newshour on February 5, 2018.

Christine Darko

January 25, 2018

"The faculty I’ve had the chance to work with really care about my scientific development and are here to help me achieve the goals I’m working towards."

Ana Ward

January 23, 2018

Ana Ward combines various research interests to investigate the impacts of outer space on terrestrial life and help pave the way for long-term space exploration.

Laura Laranjo

November 17, 2017

For almost three years, PhD candidates in the sciences have been collaborating with Waltham Public Schools to share their research with local middle and high school students.

Graduate Student Association

October 20, 2017

The Graduate Student Association has announced the induction of their new executive board and senators. They will organize social events, represent graduate students in various campus committees, and support funding opportunities.

Gravitational Waves

October 17, 2017

Professor Marcelle Soares-Santos collaborates with hundreds of researchers to observe gravitational waves from a neutron star collision that occurred 100 million years ago.

Vipin Suri

October 17, 2017

What is it like to work with a future Nobel Laureate? Vipin Suri, PhD’01, shares his experience of working in the Rosbash lab. 

Leslie Lamport

October 12, 2017

Brandeis Magazine profiles Leslie Lam­port, MA’63, PhD’72, H’17, the 2014 recipient of the A.M. Turing Award, viewed as the Nobel Prize for computer science.
Michael Rosbash

October 2, 2017

Brandeis University warmly congratulates Michael Rosbash, the Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and professor of biology, and Jeffrey C. Hall, professor emeritus of biology, on being awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Shawn Fayer

October 2, 2017

Shawn Fayer MS ’16 is the project manager of the BabySeq Project, a randomized control trial assessing the utility of genomic sequencing in newborn infants.

Eve Marder

September 19, 2017

Since 2012, Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience Eve Marder ’69 has been writing a series of articles for the online journal eLife in which she reflects on her professional life and offers some words of wisdom to today’s young researchers.

2017 DEIS Scholars

September 8, 2017

GSAS welcomed the 2017 Diversity, Excellence and Inclusion Scholarship (DEIS) recipients in August with a barbecue at the dean’s house. 

Eric Chasalow addresses incoming students

August 29, 2017

On August 28, GSAS welcomed its 64th class, which includes 77 doctoral candidates, 202 master's candidates, 6 postbaccalaureate students, and 21 non-degree students.

Raul Ramos addresses students from Waltham High School

June 9, 2017

"My journey to Brandeis is literally the struggle of my life."

Vivekanand Vimal PhD'17

May 21, 2017

"And we know that within the piles of violence, hatred, aggression and everything that divides us, are the dormant seeds of beauty."

Terry Shaipitisiri

May 18, 2017

Heritage and identity have shaped the Brandeis experience for Terry Shaipitisiri BA’17, MAT’17.

DYF winner, Celene Ibrahim

May 12, 2017

The Dissertation Year Fellowship has been awarded to eight students in Anthropology, English, Musicology, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Politics, and Sociology.

UPI Instructor: Laura Paige

May 5, 2017

Six PhD students in Anthropology, English, History, Mathematics, Neuroscience, and Psychology will receive $6,000 to design their own course.

TF Award Certificate

May 5, 2017

"Those of us who really enjoy teaching see it not as a burden but as an opportunity to share what we've learned," Doug Bafford, PhD candidate in Anthropology.
Emily Koh

April 28, 2017

Brandeis’ 66th commencement ceremony will take place on May 21, 2017.


Lotus Goldberg

April 21, 2017

Dr. Goldberg serves as the advising chair for the master’s program in Computational Linguistics.

Ieva Jusionyte

April 18, 2017

Jusionyte studies conflict in the boarder regions of Latin America.

Rosalie Silberman Abella

April 4, 2017

Abella will be among five individuals to receive honorary degrees.

liquid full of microtubules inside ring-shaped containers

March 23, 2017

Researchers recreate the system that causes cells to change shape.

Matthew Chernick

March 22, 2017

Master's candidate Matthew Chernick will fly to Romania in October.

comparing dripping wine bottle to drip-free wine bottle

March 22, 2017

Daniel Pearlman finds a solution to the age old oenophile's problem.

Sign for Waltham's Moody Street

March 7, 2017

Students share their favorite spots to visit in Waltham.

Mahala Rethlake

February 23, 2017

Mahala left her Amish community at age fifteen to pursue an education.

Jeffrey Karam

February 23, 2017

Dr. Karam recently published an article in the premier journal of intelligence.

Maya Dworsky

February 17, 2017

Dworsky studies diversity in children's literature.

Donald Warren

February 16, 2017

Donald Warren is pursuing a degree in musicology.

Steven Rodriguez

February 10, 2017

Steven Rodriguez has spent his time at Brandeis researching the imperial activity of the United States during the 20th century.

Zachary Elliott

February 8, 2017

This story is the first in a series about recipients of the DEIS Award.

James Haber

February 3, 2017

For nearly three decades, James Haber has studied DNA repair, the processes whereby insults to our genetic code are corrected.

Avi Rodal

January 24, 2017

“We didn’t cure ALS in the flies, but we did make them significantly better.”

Multi-Axes Rotation and Tilt Device

January 24, 2017

Imagine you’re a fighter pilot being chased by a heat-seeking missile.

Dorothee Kern

January 24, 2017

Biochemist Dorothee Kern unraveled a mystery about how life began on the planet.

Ryan LaRochelle

January 20, 2017

The Politics alumnus studies American political development.

Mellon Logo

January 19, 2017

The award funds the Dissertation Year Fellowship and other programs.

Mary Fischer

January 18, 2017

More than 500 people have signed up for the service already.

Stephen Guerriero

January 6, 2017

"The AGRS program put me onto a fulfilling and challenging academic path."

Stephen Whitfield

December 13, 2016

American Studies professor looks back at his time on campus.

December 9, 2016

The panel also included the GSA president.

Belisi Gillespie

December 7, 2016

"My time at Brandeis shaped the work that I continue to build upon at Berkeley."

Brian Donahue

December 2, 2016

Brian Donahue '82, MA'93, PhD'95, built a home that "makes a connection" with the surrounding landscape.

Susan Lindquist

November 29, 2016

The late MIT biologist is being honored for research on protein misfolding.

Eric Chasalow

November 11, 2016

The piece was commissioned by the French vocal ensemble Musicatrieze.

November 9, 2016

Wasserstrom describes Jin as "a writer of simple yet powerful gifts."

James Pustejovsky

November 8, 2016

The money will enable James Pustejovsky and colleagues to build a computer system capable of analyzing reams of documents and recordings.

Laura Pasek

November 8, 2016

The DeLeT alumna is not referring Clinton and Trump in the classroom at all.

Ronald D. Liebowitz

November 3, 2016

“It is our charge, our opportunity now, to reignite the flame of our mission.”

Mark Brimhall-Vargas

November 2, 2016

Nationally experienced in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

November 2, 2016

Dr. Irvin discusses life as a historian.

October 26, 2016

Read about the recipients and hear some of their music.

Lizeng Huang

October 20, 2016

"I think Brandeis provides a perfect program to become a good teacher."

Jessica Resnick

October 14, 2016

"Their advice was invaluable. I feel like their training landed me my position."

Graduate Student Association leadership

October 13, 2016

MA candidate Marinella Taoushiani will serve as president.

Yoshinori Ohsumi

October 4, 2016

The Japanese biologist won the Nobel for his work on autophagy.

September 29, 2016

Jeffery Kelly's work has deepened our understanding of a variety of diseases.

Meghan Peck

September 28, 2016

The program will include a series of six sessions.

Multi-Axis Rotation and Tilt Device (MART)

September 26, 2016

Video: PhD candidate Vivek Vimal shows you how it works.

September 16, 2016

A total of 19 new faculty members and visiting professors have been welcomed to campus this fall.

Rachel Weisz with Deborah Lipstadt

September 15, 2016

Deborah Lipstadt, MA’72, PhD’76 is a authority on the Holocaust.

Kavli Prize Eve Marder

September 11, 2016

Marder accepted her award in a ceremony in Norway.

Career Services staff

September 1, 2016

There are some big changes coming to GSAS Career Services.

2016 Deis Scholars

August 29, 2016

The scholars will study ancient Greek and Roman studies, anthropology, history, musicology and philosophy.

August 23, 2016

Read what our students, staff and alumni had to say to the incoming class.

Eric Chasalow speaking to new students

August 22, 2016

Incoming students heard from Eric Chasalow and Susan Birren.

August 22, 2016

The award is presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Hannah Herde

August 5, 2016

PhD Candidate Hannah Herde may be among the first to realize everything we know about the universe has changed.

Samuel Lasser

August 1, 2016

Lasser was recruited by Charles River Analytics while studying at Brandeis.

Adaire Klei

July 29, 2016

Adaire Klein, '53, MA'57 was a member of the first GSAS class.

July 25, 2016

Liu completed the master's program in Teaching Chinese earlier this year.

Ronald D. Liebowitz

July 1, 2016

A ceremony to mark his new presidency will be held on Nov. 3, 2016.

June 17, 2016

Lupis continues to teach at Brandeis after graduation.

Eve Marder

June 2, 2016

The biennial prize for scientific innovation cites Marder’s research in brain development.

Jason Olson

June 1, 2016

Jason Olson's Dissertation Analyzed the Six-Day War.