Senior Associate Deans
The School of H&S has four senior associate deans. Three are responsible for overseeing the academic direction of departments and programs within the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences 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.
Humanities and Arts
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, 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, 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.
Finance and Administration
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.