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Alumna Named Dean at Pierson College

August 2017

Riche BarnesRiché Daniel Barnes, Ph.D., C’95, former assistant dean of social sciences and professor of sociocultural anthropology at Endicott College, is the new dean at Pierson College, the largest residential college at Yale University. She began her new post on Aug. 1.

As dean, she serves as the chief academic adviser to the undergraduates living in Pierson. Dr. Barnes, whose academic areas of expertise include gender studies and Black and Latino communities and cities, has taught for the past decade at Endicott and Smith colleges. Her 2016 book, “Raising the Race: Black Career Women Redefine Marriage, Motherhood and Community,” won the 2017 Race, Gender and Class Section Book Award from the American Sociological Association.

In addition, Dr. Barnes has been actively involved in mentoring students. She’s the co-founder and director of the Association of Black Anthropologists Works in Progress Mentoring Program, and has served as a faculty mentor for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program and for Rhodes Scholarship candidates.

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