University Senators

Our three senators serve as liaisons between the Columbia University Senate and GSAS graduate students and represent the three divisions of GSAS departments: humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Senators attend to monthly Senate meetings, provide updates, and take questions at the monthly ASGC plenary meetings. Senators typically serve 2-year terms (last elections were held in April 2018).

The Columbia University Senate is a university-wide policy–making body representing faculty, researchers, students, administration, administrative staff, librarians, and alumni. The Senate makes policy on a range of issues that affect the entire university.

To contact all senators, please email gsas_senators@columbia.edu. Alternatively, fill out this contact form if you wish to send your message anonymously.


Senator Mike Ford (Musicology PhD), GSAS Humanities

Representing...

  • Ph.D. Programs in: Art History and Archaeology; Classical Studies; Classics; East Asian Languages and Cultures; English and Comparative Literature; French and Romance Philology; Germanic Languages; Italian; Latin American and Iberian Cultures; Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; Music (Musicology); Philosophy; Religion; Slavic Languages; Theatre; Yiddish Studies*
     
  • D.M.A. Program in: Music (Composition)
     
  • Standalone M.A. Programs in: American Studies; Art History and Archaeology; Classical Studies; Classics; East Asia: Regional Studies; East Asian Languages and Cultures; English and Comparative Literature; French and Romance Philology; Germanic Languages; Hispanic Studies; Italian; Japanese Pedagogy; Jewish Studies; Latin America and the Caribbean: Regional Studies; Medieval and Renaissance Studies*; Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies; Philosophical Foundations of Physics; Philosophy; Religion; Russian Translation; Slavic Cultures; Slavic Languages
     
  • Dual Degree in: Art History Dual MA Degree Program (with Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

 

Note 1: (*) indicates that the particular program of study may be represented by more than one GSAS senator because it spans across multiple A&S divisions.

Note 2: Most dual degrees are not listed here since they are not unique programs within GSAS. They might be represented by more than one University senator. Ex: Religion M.A. and Journalism's M.S.
 

Email: gsas.humanities_senator@columbia.edu

My key focus during my senate term will be on labor relations. The increasing action of the union will very likely lead to strikes in the coming academic year. In response to the straining relationships among faculty and students, I am committed to advocating for open and actionable discussion within the senate. I will represent the graduate student body on the general consensus on union matters and create spaces in which listening is encouraged and progress is made. Furthermore, I plan to destabilize the stigma surrounding leaving academia by providing both faculty and students with the appropriate career resources. Considering the dismal state of the academic job market and its adverse effects on graduate students’ physical and mental health, I will promote awareness of alt-ac and non-ac job options, alleviating some of the job-market pressure that we all feel. My leadership experience and skills from ASGC and prior student representation would undoubtedly serve me well in my position as senator.

 


Senator Andrew Hsu (Chemistry PhD), GSAS Pure Sciences

Representing...

  • Ph.D. Programs in: Astronomy; Biological Sciences; Chemical Physics; Chemistry; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology; Mathematics; Physics; Psychology; Statistics
     
  • Standalone M.A. Programs in: Biotechnology; Climate and Society; Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology; Mathematics with a Specialization in the Mathematics of Finance; Statistics
     
  • Dual Degree in: Earth and Environmental Science Journalism (Dual MA/MS Program)
     
  • CUIMC Ph.D. Programs in: Biomedical Informatics; Genetics and Development; Microbiology and Immunology; Neurobiology and Behavior; Nutritional and Metabolic Biology; Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine (Mechanisms of Disease); Pharmacology and Molecular Signaling; Cellular Physiology and Biophysics (Physiology and Cellular Biophysics); Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies (CMBS) [Including: Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics; Cell Biology; Molecular, Structural, Cell and Genetic Studies]
     
  • CUIMC Standalone M.A. Program in: Biomedical Informatics

 

Note 1: The M.S. in Human Nutrition at CUIMC is NOT represented by the GSAS Pure Sciences Senator. It is likely represented by the P&S Senator.

Note 2: (*) indicates that the particular program of study may be represented by more than one GSAS senator because it spans across multiple A&S divisions.

Note 3: Most dual degrees are not listed here since they are not unique programs within GSAS. They might be represented by more than one University senator. Ex: M.D./Ph.D. (P&S)

 

Email: gsas.puresci_senator@columbia.edu

Over the past two years, I am proud to have been your graduate student council representative and vice president during a time of transition (from GSAC to ASGC) as well as to have been one of the organizers and funders of FestiFall. If I am elected to the University Senate, I will continue to strive for greater representation and unity for graduate and professional students. This includes working with the various student councils that make up our constituency (ASGC, GSO, PhD Council, etc.), the GSAS and University administration, and the Graduate Workers Union. Columbia has a lot of bureaucratic red tape, and I believe I now have the institutional knowledge to be able to effectively serve as your Senator. I will work hard to serve as an advocate for all graduate students at Columbia. Let us continue to strengthen and unify Columbia together!

 


Senator Darold Cuba (Oral History MA), GSAS Social Sciences

Representing...

  • Ph.D. Programs in: Anthropology; Economics; History; Political Science; Sociology; Yiddish Studies*
     
  • Standalone M.A. Programs in: African-American Studies; Anthropology; Economics; European History, Politics, and Society; Global Thought; History and Literature; Human Rights Studies; Islamic Studies; Medieval and Renaissance Studies*; Museum Anthropology; Oral History; Political Science; Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS); Russia, Eurasia and East Europe: Regional Studies; Sociology; South Asian Studies
     
  • Dual Degree in: International and World History (MA/MSc with London School of Economics)

 

Note 1: (*) indicates that the particular program of study may be represented by more than one GSAS senator because it spans across multiple A&S divisions.

Note 2: Most dual degrees are not listed here since they are not unique programs within GSAS. They might be represented by more than one University senator. Ex: QMSS and SIPA's M.P.A./M.I.A.
 

Email: gsas.socialsci_senator@columbia.edu

As the university's first ever Wikipedia Fellow and Wikimedian-In-Residence, and a Research Assistant in the Engineering School's CGUI Lab, I bring a multi-facted approach to representing the GSAS student body here at Columbia. As a recovering journalist/producer from a multi-generational military family (from Virginia) I intimately understand the values of a critical, patriotic system of democracy. As a multi-hyphenate in cultural, social, and political identity, I would love to represent GSAS as the Social Sciences Senator.