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A Message from Dean Debra Satz

Debra Satz

Of all my goals as dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) at Stanford, supporting graduate education is one of the most important, both to me personally and to all H&S faculty. Having mentored scores of outstanding graduate students in my 30 years as a faculty member, I understand how vital their contributions are to advancing knowledge about our world.

From a personal perspective, I also understand the challenges of considering and applying to graduate school. I was the first in my family to attend college, and there was no roadmap to graduate study. I know that navigating the application process can seem daunting.

As you face these challenges, I hope that you will not only use resources such as this guide, but also reach out to your peers and mentors. Graduate education is inherently social, just as the knowledge that you will produce in graduate school will require engagement with scholars in your field.

H&S offers the broadest educational experience of any school at Stanford, and we are committed to fostering and supporting new generations of scholars who reflect the diversity of intellectual perspectives, life experiences, and cultures represented in our world today. Such diversity is a fundamental part of our educational and research excellence.

I wish you the best on your academic journey, wherever it may take you.


Debra Satz

Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson
Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences
Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society


Photo of Debra Satz by Richard Morgenstein