John Coastworth, formerly Dean of SIPA, has been appointed as Columbia University Provost. Robert Leiberman is interim Dean of SIPA.
Columbia University President wrote: John’s distinguished background as both a scholar and administrator includes his successful tenure as Dean of our School of International and Public Affairs. A highly respected expert on Latin American international and economic history, John taught at the University of Chicago from 1969 to 1992, and then joined the Harvard faculty as Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs, where he became the founding director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. John is a former president of the American Historical Association and the Latin American Studies Association, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. In a remarkably short time, John has been a transformational dean at SIPA, leading the school’s transition into a fully self-governing unit of the University.
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at SIPA, Robert C. Lieberman, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, will serve as SIPA’s interim dean An expert in the areas of American political development, social welfare policy and race and politics, Robert has been honored with multiple awards and prizes.