Meet the leadership team of the Program in General Education – the academic and administrative heads who oversee the design and implementation of the Program’s curriculum.
Faculty Director of the Program in General Education
Professor of Psychology
Jason Mitchell is a Professor of Psychology and the Faculty Director of Harvard’s Program in General Education. He received his B.A. and M.S degrees from Yale University in 1997, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003. In his work, he uses neuroimaging techniques to study the brain basis of human social interaction, including how we make sense of the thoughts, feelings, and personality characteristics of those around us.
Professor Mitchell’s honors include the early career award from the International Social Cognition Network (2009), the Janet Spence Award from the Association for Psychology Science (2010), and the Sage Young Scholar Award from the Foundation for Social and Personality Psychology (2011). In 2012, he received the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed papers, which have collectively been cited more than 5,300 times. He is a founding member of the Social & Affective Neuroscience Society.
Professor Mitchell has served on the Standing Committee on General Education since Fall 2013, and has been Faculty Director since May 2017.
Stephanie H. Kenen, Ph.D.
Administrative Director of the Program in General Education
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
Administrative Director, Stephanie Kenen has been responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the Program in General Education since July 2008. Stephanie joined the Office of the Dean of Harvard College 2004, working on a variety of projects related to the academic and curricular lives of undergraduates. She serves as a senior advisor to both the Dean of the College and the Dean of Undergraduate Education, focusing on curricular planning, reviews of undergraduate programs, and related academic and curricular initiatives and policies.
Before joining the College staff, Stephanie served as the sistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the Harvard Divinity School, and as a lecturer and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in the History of Science department at Harvard. Stephanie received her Ph.D. in History, with a specialty in History of Science, from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation focused on issues of sex, gender, and sexuality in interwar American medicine. Stephanie’s undergraduate degree on Science and Public Policy is from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Laura E. Hess, Ph.D.
Associate Director of the Program in General Education
Laura Hess joined Harvard in 2014 as the Associate Director of the Program in General Education. She staffs the Standing Committee on General Education, provides programmatic and pedagogical support to faculty and teaching fellows, and oversees undergraduate advising and communications.
Laura brings to this position expertise in faculty development and graduate student professional development, as well as experience as a faculty member. Before joining Harvard, she served as the Associate Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Brown University’s Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning for many years, and was an Assistant Professor in Brown’s East Asian Studies department, where she coordinated the Chinese Language Program. Prior to that, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at St. Olaf College for two years. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Washington, and her B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University.