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  1. Peter Starr, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

    CAS - Dean's Office

    Peter Starr joined American University as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2009. In this role, he is responsible for 324 full-time faculty in 17 departments, 1820 undergraduate majors, 979 graduate students and over 40% of all enrollm… More

    Send email to Peter Starr

    (202) 885-2446

Senior Staff

  1. Helen Dodson, Assistant Dean for Communication & Outreach

    CAS - Dean's Office

    Helen came to AU after several years as a press officer for science and medicine at Yale University. Her earlier career was in broadcast journalism, as a producer and writer for NBC News and CBS-local in New York. She is a native New Yorker, but pref… More

    Send email to Helen Dodson

    (202) 885-2514

  2. Elizabeth Harless, Assistant Dean of Development, CAS

    Development, Office of

    Send email to Elizabeth Harless

  3. James Merrifield, Director, Facilities Administration & Information Technology

    CAS - Dean's Office

    "It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership." ~ Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013)

    Send email to James Merrifield

    (202) 885-2461

  4. Celine-Marie Pascale, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

    CAS - Dean's Office

    As a sociologist who studies language, Dr. Pascale's research concerns culture, knowledge and power. She is currently engaged in a study of the discursive production of risk in US media accounts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Through a sy… More

    Send email to Celine-Marie Pascale

    (202) 885-2524

  5. John Rasmussen, Director of Art Gallery & Curator

    CAS - Katzen Arts Center

    Jack Rasmussen is the Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. He previously held Executive Director positions at di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature, Maryland Art Place, and Rockville Arts Place. He was the owner … More

    Send email to John Rasmussen

    (202) 885-2489

  6. Kara Reynolds, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, CAS

    CAS - Economics

    Prof. Reynolds joined the department in 2003 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. Her research interests include the political economy of trade protection, particularly antidumping protection, and the impact of trade liberalizati… More

    Send email to Kara Reynolds

    (202) 885-3768

  7. Gamze Zeytinci, Associate Dean for Budget & Administration

    CAS - Dean's Office

    Send email to Gamze Zeytinci

    (202) 885-2572

College Contact Points

College Dean & Main Office
Fax: 885-2429

Undergraduate Advising

Grad: 202-885-3620
Undergrad: 885-6000



Event Scheduling
Mimi Fittig coordinates CAS-sponsored events, or for help with 25Live Scheduling system contact:
University Event Scheduling

IT Help for CAS Faculty/Staff
College IT Staff: 202-885-2958
CAS Webmaster: 885-2253
AU IT Helpdesk: 885-2550

Katzen Arts Center &
Greenberg Theatre

202-885-ARTS (2787)
AU Museum: 885-1300
Greenberg Theatre: 885-3490
Katzen Facilities: 885-3884

Mailing Address:
College of Arts & Sciences
Battelle Building, Rm 200
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave
Washington, DC 20016-8012

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