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Senior Associate Deans

The School of H&S has five senior associate deans. Four are responsible for overseeing the academic direction of departments and programs within the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and education and are appointed for three years and report to the dean of H&S. The senior associate dean for finance and administration is a staff position and reports to the dean of H&S.

Lanier Anderson

Humanities and Arts

R. Lanier Anderson

R. Lanier Anderson, professor of philosophy, is the senior associate dean for the humanities and arts. Anderson is the co-founder of Stanford’s Philosophy and Literature initiative and also served as the co-director of the Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities from 2008-2017. His research explores the history of late modern philosophy, and his current research interests includes work on Kant, Nietzsche, and Montaigne. Anderson is currently president of the North American Nietzsche Society.

Peter Michelson

Natural Sciences

Peter Michelson

Peter Michelson, the Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, is the senior associate dean for the natural sciences. Michelson’s research is currently focused in the field of high energy astrophysics. He leads the international team that built and now operates the Large Area Telescope on the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope, which is used to study some of the universe’s most extreme phenomena, including black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and pulsars. Michelson received his master’s degree and doctorate in physics from Stanford and has been a professor in the Department of Physics since 1985.

Ellen Markman

Social Sciences

Ellen Markman

Ellen Markman, the Lewis M. Terman Professor of Psychology, is the senior associate dean for the social sciences. Markman, who previously served in this role from 1998 to 2000, has been a member of the Department of Psychology for almost four decades and was its chair from 1994 to 1997. She is regarded as one of the nation’s leading developmental psychologists.

Mary Beth Mudgett
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Educational Initiatives

Mary Beth Mudgett

Mary Beth Mudgett, the Stanford Friends University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, is the senior associate dean for educational initiatives. She received her doctorate in biochemistry at University of California, Los Angeles and has been a professor in Stanford's Department of Biology since 2002. Her research group studies plant-pathogen interactions, focusing on how pathogens subvert the plant immune system resulting in disease outbreaks. Mudgett is passionate about teaching. She has launched new initiatives within biology to embrace different learning styles and enhance the student experience in the classroom. She also partners with faculty and staff across campus to increase student diversity within the natural sciences. 

Steve Olson

Finance and Administration

Steve Olson

Steve Olson, senior associate dean for finance and administration, oversees a range of core operational functions within the Dean's Office, including finance, human resources, IT, facilities, sponsored research administration, and institutional research and planning. He works in partnership with the school's many department and program administrative leaders in support of their academic missions, and he represents the School of Humanities and Sciences on a number of university committees. Prior to coming to H&S, Steve served in a similar role at the Graduate School of Education and before that as the university's associate director of budget policy and planning in the Office of the President and Provost.