Silliman to welcome new dean: Leanna Barlow

Leanna Barlow, a political scientist with years of experience advising and mentoring students, has been named dean of Silliman College, Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway announced.

Leanna Barlow

She succeeds Jessie Royce Hill, who will serve as the inaugural dean for Yale’s Benjamin Franklin College, which opens this fall.

Barlow earned her B.S. summa cum laude in public health and social justice from the University of Massachusetts; her M.P.A. from Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs; and her Ph.D. in politics from Brandeis University. At Brandeis she taught courses in the politics department on comparative politics, social movements, and extreme party politics in Europe. A scholar who has received numerous awards and fellowships, Barlow studies a broad range of issues in politics, among them political party development, local government, and ethnic conflict and nationalism.

Barlow comes to Yale with experience in residential advising and mentoring undergraduates. Since 2014, she has served as a sophomore adviser at Harvard College’s Winthrop House, providing pre-major academic guidance to its undergraduates. She has also served as lead tutor for Winthrop’s CARE (Consent Advocate & Relationship Educator) program, its lead first-generation tutor, and its lead bgltq tutor. Before advising at Harvard, she served as a mentor and adviser to Brandeis students, many of them the first in their families to attend college, and facilitated workshops in study skills, campus resources, and healthy relationships.

Joining her in Silliman is her partner, Elizabeth Angowski. Originally from the Jersey Shore, Angowski is a doctoral candidate in the study of religion at Harvard. She specializes in Buddhist ethical and literary traditions, and her current research focuses on poetic narratives popular in Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal. Before beginning her doctoral work, Angowski received a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in English and religion from Amherst College.

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