A steering committee of Washington University in St. Louis academic leaders oversee the Academy’s programs and act as the admissions committee.

The director of the Academy serves as committee chair, and the committee includes a representative from each of the university’s graduate and professional divisions.

Steering Committee Members

As of January 1, 2019

Kurt T. Dirks
Vice Chancellor for International Affairs; Director McDonnell International Scholars Academy;
Bank of America Professor of Leadership
Jean Allman
J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities, Arts & Sciences
Director, Center for the Humanities
Pratim Biswas
Lucy and Stanley Lopata Professor; Chair, Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering,
McKelvey School of Engineering; Director, McDonnell Academy Global Energy & Environment Partnership (MAGEEP);
Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Affairs-India
Lingchei Letty Chen
Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Language & Literature; Head of Chinese, Arts & Sciences
Gerald L. Early
Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters; Professor, Department of English
Director, African and African-American Studies, Arts & Sciences
Peter A. Joy
Vice Dean and Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law
School of Law; Director Criminal Justice Clinic
Bruce M. Lindsey
E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration; Dean of College of Architecture and the
Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design; Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
William G. Powderly
Larry J. Shapiro Director, Institute for Public Health; J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine and
Co-Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine
James V. Wertsch
David R. Francis Distinguished Professor; Professor of Anthropology,
Department of Anthropology, Arts & Sciences; Director Emeritus, McDonnell International Scholars Academy