Deans & Senior Leadership of Emory College

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Carla Freeman

Interim Dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Goodrich C. White Professor of Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies


As Interim Dean, Freeman leads Emory College’s academic mission, fueling faculty research and pedagogical innovation, and enhancing a holistic undergraduate experience in the liberal arts and sciences.

With more than 40 departments and programs and over 600 faculty across the laboratory sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, she and her leadership team are committed to building an intellectual community in which faculty, staff, and students are steeped in critical inquiry and discovery, interdisciplinary and collaborative research partnerships, and a campus culture that values diversity, seeks social justice, and fosters inclusivity University-wide. Freeman served as Senior Associate Dean of Faculty from 2014-2020 and as Executive Associate Dean from 2020-2022.

A cultural anthropologist and scholar of labor and globalization, Freeman is the Goodrich C. White Professor of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies. With over 30 years of fieldwork experience in the Caribbean, she has authored two books on the gender and culture of work and edits the Oxford University Press series, Issues of Globalization (with Li Zhang, UC Davis). She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and earned her Ph.D. at Temple University in 1993. She joined the Departments of Anthropology and Women's Studies at Emory in 1995.

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Susan Lee

Executive Assistant to the Dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Manager of Faculty Appointments, Office of the Faculty

Lynette Lee

Susan Lee assists the Emory College Dean with all aspects of her office. As manager of faculty appointments, she handles the administration of College’s processes for new faculty offer letters, emeritus appointments, chair appointments, and faculty retirement agreements.

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Joanne Brzinski

Senior Associate Dean, Office for Undergraduate Education

Carlee Beard

Joanne Brzinski is the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in Emory College of Arts and Sciences. In this role, she oversees the Office of Undergraduate Education and the staff involved in academic affairs and academic programs supported by Emory College.

Dean Brzinski completed her Ph.D. at University of Michigan, focusing on elections and political parties in Europe. She has been at Emory since September 1992, initially as an assistant professor in political science and in 1999, became an assistant dean in Emory College. As an assistant and then associate dean in OUE, she worked with National Scholarships and Fellowships advising, directed first-year advising, and established the SIRE Undergraduate Research program. She has previously served as president of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors. Dean Brzinski joined the central College administration in 2008.

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Anita H. Corbett

Senior Associate Dean, Office for Research Funding Support

Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Biology

Connie Copeland

Anita Corbet, Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Biology and co-director of the MD/PHD program in the Emory School of Medicine, joined the College administration in 2022 as Senior Associate Dean for Research. In this role, she coordinates efforts to promote and support research by the faculty in the Arts and Sciences. She also works with the Office for Undergraduate Education to support and promote research by Emory College students. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1992 and did post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School. She joined Emory in 1997 an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry in the Emory School of Medicine.

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Deboleena Roy

Senior Associate Dean, Office of the Faculty

Shannon DeMyers

Deboleena Roy was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Faculty in Fall 2020. She is Professor of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at Emory. She previously served as chair of WGSS. She also serves as Associate Faculty in the Neuroscience Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory.

Roy received her PhD in reproductive neuroendocrinology and molecular biology from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She joined Emory in 2009. Her research and teaching explore interdisciplinary exchanges between the natural sciences and humanities, and she has dedicated her career to creating new conversations between feminism, philosophy of science, reproductive justice, molecular biology, and neuroscience.

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Lori Cavagnaro

Associate Dean of Academic Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Faculty


As Director of Program Review, Lori Cavagnaro is responsible for managing the College’s process of systematically reviewing its academic departments and programs. She earned her PhD in Art History from the University of Texas, Austin.

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Branden F. Grimmett

Associate Dean, Pathways Center

Vice Provost, Career and Professional Development

Branden Grimmett joined Emory in 2022 as associate dean in Emory College of Arts and Sciences and as vice provost for career and professional development. Launching in Fall 2022 under Grimmett’s leadership, the Pathways Center will integrate existing resources and programs as well as create new initiatives to support purposeful professional development and career exploration across the entire undergraduate experience.

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Kevin Karnes

Associate Dean for the Arts, Arts at Emory


Kevin Karnes was appointed in Fall 2020 as the Associate Dean for the Arts, a new position in the College administration. In this role, Karnes works across the College and the University on a wide range of arts-related initiatives that center the arts in institutional conversations about research, learning, and civic engagement. He partners with faculty, students, and institutional leaders to build programs in the creative and performing arts, including teaching and creative partnerships with Atlanta artists and arts organizations.

He also serves as executive director of the College’s Center for Creativity and Arts and is a professor in the Department of Music. He earned his PhD from Brandeis in 2001 and is a historical musicologist.

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Beverly Cox

Director, Communications Office

Beverly Cox is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has worked in the field of higher education public relations and communications for more than 20 years. Cox joined Emory College of Arts and Sciences as its first Director of Communications in 2015. She previously served in Emory University’s central Communications and Public Affairs division as Senior Communications Officer and Associate Director of Media Relations.

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Kate Lawlor

Executive Director of Development, Advancement and Alumni Engagement

Barbara W. Cooper

Jose Rodriguez

Chief Business Officer, Business Operations Office


Jose Rodriguez was appointed Chief Business Officer of Emory College of Arts and Sciences in August 2021. He is responsible for guiding management of the College’s financial resources and leading the finance administration, facilities, information technology, and research administration services groups.

Rodriguez previously served as Emory University’s Assistant Vice President of Budget Planning & Analysis and earlier as the Chief Business Officer for Emory’s Laney Graduate School. He joined Emory in 2008 and has more than 20 years of experience in finance, budgeting and forecasting, analysis, and business administration. He earned both his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Finance from Georgia State University.

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Laura Papotto

Chief of Staff, Emory College

Senior Director, Human Resources

Senior Director, Faculty Operations


Laura Papotto is responsible for overseeing all College human resources operations and staff-related strategic initiatives. She serves as the College Office Human Resources liaison to the Emory University Human Resources Division, and represents the College on the Human Resources Leadership Committee.

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