Michael D. Gordin Named Princeton’s Next Dean of the College

Written by
Emily Aronson, Office of Communications, Princeton University
Jan. 29, 2024

Michael D. Gordin, the Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History and an expert on the history of science, has been named Princeton’s next dean of the college. Gordin has been a Princeton faculty member for over 20 years, with leadership roles including director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, inaugural director of the Fung Global Fellows Program, and director of the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Gordin’s appointment will take effect July 1. He will succeed Jill Dolan, who previously announced plans to conclude her service as dean at the end of this academic year.

The dean of the college is the senior officer responsible for the undergraduate curriculum, residential college system, and other services and resources designed to promote the intellectual development of undergraduates. The dean of the college also oversees the admission and financial aid offices.

“As one of the world’s leading historians of science, Michael Gordin combines scholarly distinction, a deep commitment to undergraduate teaching, and an appreciation for liberal arts education that transcends disciplinary boundaries and reaches every field at this University,” President Christopher L. Eisgruber said. “He is just the right person to lead the undergraduate college at Princeton, and I look forward to working with him to make an outstanding educational program even better.”