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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

  1. Maureen Fittig, Director, CAS Special Events & Museum Membership

    CAS - Dean's Office

    Send email to Maureen Fittig

    (202) 885-2436

  2. Kelsi Schagunn, Special Assistant to the Dean

    CAS - Dean's Office

    Kelsi joined the Department of History in September 2013.

    Send email to Kelsi Schagunn

    (202) 885-2447

  3. Chelsea Wilson, Senior Administrative Assistant

    CAS - Dean's Office

    Chelsea Wilson is from Baltimore, Maryland. Although she graduated in 2013, Chelsea has more than three years working in higher education. Prior to coming to American University, she was employed by Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Chelsea has… More

    Send email to Chelsea Wilson

    (202) 885-2446

Senior Staff

  1. Helen Dodson, Director of Communications & 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

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    Send email to Elizabeth Harless

  3. Philip Johnson, Associate Dean of Research

    CAS - Physics

    Professor Johnson is a theoretical and computational physicist investigating questions across a number of fields, including topics in quantum computing science, ultracold atomic physics, superconducting qubit physics, and quantum field theory. He is … More

    Send email to Philip Johnson

    (202) 885-2761

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

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    "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

  5. Mieke Meurs, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, CAS

    CAS - Dean's Office

    Professor Meurs has recently taught Comparative Systems, Heterodox Microeconomics, Transition Economies, the Economics of Gender, and Political Economy.

    Send email to Mieke Meurs

    (202) 885-3776

  6. 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 two new studies. One examines the discursive production of risk in US media accounts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear dis… More

    Send email to Celine-Marie Pascale

    (202) 885-2524

  7. 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

  8. 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 Planning/Scheduling
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
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4400 Massachusetts Ave
Washington, DC 20016-8012

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