I am honored to serve as interim provost and senior vice president of The Graduate Center, my intellectual home since 1991.
The Graduate Center draws strength and vitality from the public urban university of which it is a part, The City University of New York, and its talented students and faculty form a lively and diverse community in the heart of one of the world’s great cities.
I look forward to working with Interim President Joy Connolly, our distinguished faculty, and dedicated students to continue making an impact both within and outside of the academy.
Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
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Julia Wrigley has been a leading member of The City University of New York academic community since 1991. In December 2018, she began her appointment as interim provost and senior vice president of The Graduate Center.
In earlier administrative roles, from 2014 to 2015, she served as CUNY’s interim executive vice chancellor and university provost. Prior to that, she served as associate university provost, and from 2005 to 2008, she was the acting associate provost and dean for academic affairs at The Graduate Center.
Most recently, as The Graduate Center’s interim dean for master’s programs, she helped establish seven new interdisciplinary master’s programs.
She is a professor in the sociology and urban education programs at The Graduate Center, and her work focuses on social class and inequality. In Class Politics and Public Schools she analyzes conflicts over the control of Chicago’s schools and how these were shaped by the changing fortunes of the city’s working class movements. Her book Other People’s Children explores how domestic workers and middle-class parents negotiate class differences in children’s care. Her publications include an analysis (with Joanna Dreby) of how differences in the organization of child care affect the rates of children’s injuries and fatalities and the types of accidents or violence children experience. Her articles have appeared in varied publications, including the American Journal of Sociology and the American Sociological Review.
She received a B.A. in sociology from the University of Michigan and her master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught at UCLA before coming to The Graduate Center in 1991.
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Phone: (212) 817-7200
Reporting to the Provost and serving as deputy, the Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs assists in supervising a variety of administrative and fiscal areas, including all doctoral and master’s programs, interdisciplinary studies, the certificate programs, students’ professional development, the Graduate Assistant Programs, annual dissertation awards competition, oversight of the CUNY Performance Management Process (PMP) annual reports for GC goals and outcomes, and the Language Reading Program. The Associate Provost and Dean for Academic affairs also plays a key leadership role in the Humanities, Social Science and Science Discipline clusters, and is a significant partner in the implementation of the Graduate Center’s Strategic Plan.
Phone: (212) 817-7205
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean for the Sciences oversees all of the science doctoral programs (including the health science programs). The Dean for the Sciences also monitors admissions and the 5-year student fellowship packages offered by the joint doctoral degree programs in the bench sciences, and plays a leadership role in the Science Discipline cluster.
Phone: (212) 817-7215
Brian Peterson is dean for academic initiatives and strategic innovation at The Graduate Center. His priorities include supporting the work of the faculty and staff to develop innovative educational experiences that will serve diverse partners; leading new academic programming opportunities to open The Graduate Center to the public through certificates, hybrid, and online courses, and non-degree offerings; and advancing and strengthening global partnerships.
Before joining The Graduate Center in 2018, Peterson was associate dean of student and community affairs at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. He has over 25 years of experience of planning, leading, and administering higher education programs and initiatives. His accomplishments at CUNY include designing University-wide academic, workforce development, and continuing education programs with partners that included public and private universities, New York City cultural institutions, and government agencies. Peterson led the teams that established the CUNY School of Professional Studies in 2003 and launched the University’s first-ever first online degree program in 2006.
Peterson earned his B.S. in communications from St. Cloud State University and his M.P.A. from Baruch College. He is deeply committed to public education for the social good and to CUNY’s commitment to academic excellence and to equal access and opportunities for all students, faculty, and staff. His interests include the study of social justice and the arts, the impact of street art to not only raise awareness of social and political issues but to beautify public locations, and the practice of photography.
Phone: (212) 817-7252
Julie Suk is dean for master’s programs and professor of Sociology. Prior to joining The Graduate Center, she was a tenured law professor at the Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University, and taught as a visiting professor at Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and UCLA. She has held research fellowships at Princeton University, the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, and LUISS-Guido Carli in Rome. She is a leading scholar of comparative law and society, having published dozens of law review articles and book chapters, primarily on discrimination and inequality in employment and constitutional law in the United States and Europe. She has chaired the Association of American Law Schools sections on Employment Discrimination Law and Comparative Law, and founded its section on European Law. Dr. Suk received her A.B. summa cum laude in English and French Literature from Harvard University, her M.Sc. and D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She is passionately committed to interdisciplinary research and CUNY’s public mission as an engine of opportunity. She is excited to bring her experience of interdisciplinary teaching and research in the professional school setting to strengthen master’s education at The Graduate Center.
Phone: (212) 817-7251
Yun Xiang, the associate dean for institutional effectiveness at The Graduate Center, aims to design and implement a holistic data strategy so that information can transcend data silos to inform strategic planning and decision-making.
She is responsible for assessing student learning, organizational effectiveness, and the implementation of The Graduate Center’s 2017–2022 strategic plan. Her office coordinates assessment, accreditation, and evaluation efforts. All the data centered on these efforts will be collected, organized, analyzed, and disseminated to support good decision-making at various levels at The Graduate Center.
Xiang joined The Graduate Center in 2018 after serving as director of institutional research and assessment at the University of New Hampshire. In that position, she elevated the role of data in critical institutional areas, including academic affairs, enrollment management, and student affairs.
A published scholar, Xiang focuses her research and writing in the field of educational research and data analytics. Her recent presentations include “Strategic Enrollment Management and In-House Predictive Analytics” and “Building Storyboards for Enrollment Management” for the Association of Institutional Research (2016 and 2017).
She received her Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation from Boston College and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Boston University.
Phone: (212) 817-7209
Associate Director for Academic Operations
Dean for the Sciences
CUNY Administrative Assistant
Director of Graduate Assistant Programs/
Special Assistant to the
Associate Provost and Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences
Fish, Barbara L.
Director of Faculty Administration and Academic Information Systems
Gayle, Tamra L.
Administrative Executive Coordinator
CUNY Office Assistant
Maldonado, Rosa A.
Academic Operations Specialist
Assistant to the Provost
Executive Director of Academic Affairs
Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs
Dean for Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation
Associate Director of Student Research Fellowships
Dean for Master's Programs
Assistant Director of Faculty Administration and Academic Information Systems
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