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 May 1, 2015

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, School of Engineering & Applied Science; 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