Dean Leanna Barlow

The Dean oversees the academic life of students in the college, advising them on courses, career decisions and other personal and academic issues.

Dean Leanna Barlow


The Dean is the chief academic and personal adviser to students in the college. She oversees academic progress, advising on intellectual development through courses and internships, and supports students on personal matters. 

Leanna Barlow is excited to be joining the Silliman College community this year as Dean. Dean Barlow comes to Yale with experience in residential advising and mentoring undergraduates. Since 2014, she has served as a sophomore adviser at Harvard College’s Winthrop House, providing pre-major academic guidance to its undergraduates. Before advising at Harvard, she served as a mentor and adviser to Brandeis students, many of them the first in their families to attend college, and facilitated workshops in study skills, campus resources, and healthy relationships.

Dean Barlow received her B.S. summa cum laude in public health and social justice from the University of Massachusetts, her M.P.A. from Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs, and her Ph.D. in comparative politics from Brandeis University. At Brandeis she taught courses in the Politics Department on comparative politics, social movements, and extreme party politics in Europe.

The Dean’s Office is located on the first floor of Byers Hall.
Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean - Ashley Nesmith

Prior to joining Silliman in August, 2017, Ashley Nesmith worked for the Yale University Registrar’s Office as an Academic Support Coordinator where she trained and supported academic departments all over campus for four years.  Before that she worked in the Yale University Statistics department as the Department Registrar and Chair’s Assistant. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 2006.  She has a seven-year-old son who loves to play soccer and basketball, and a three-year-old daughter who is becoming quite the little dancer.  Her husband and kids keep her very busy outside of work, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.  Ashley loves music, dancing, and going to the gym. She also enjoys relaxing and watching football on the weekend with her family.

Dean’s Office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm.

Phone (203) 432-0701.




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