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Dean's Office Staff

Located on the 8th floor of Hunter East, the Dean’s Office oversees the academic departments, programs, curriculum, learning resource centers, and research centers in the School of Arts and Sciences.

For general questions relating to the School of Arts and Sciences, call (212) 772-5121 or email


Andrew J. Polsky
Ruth and Harold Newman Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

Room 813 East
(212) 772-5121

Andrew Polsky has served as the Ruth and Harold Newman Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences since 2013, and has been a member of the Hunter College faculty since 1984. He is the author of The Rise of the Therapeutic State (Princeton University Press, 1991) and Elusive Victories: The American Presidency at War (Oxford University Press, 2012), as well as numerous scholarly articles, and editor of The Eisenhower Presidency: Lessons for the Twenty-First Century (Lexington Books, 2015). From 2005 to 2010, he edited the political science journal Polity. Elusive Victories was a main selection of the History Book Club and the Military Book Club.; his article, “Partisan Regimes in American Politics,” won the 2013 Polity best article prize. He has served twice as chair of Hunter's Department of Political Science. At Hunter, he has taught courses at every level, including the introductory American government course to more than 6,000 Hunter students.


Robert Kulesz
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Room: 813 East
Phone: (212) 772-5095

Robert Kulesz handles various administrative and logistical duties for the Dean, including scheduling and correspondence. He also serves as a liaison between the many departments and programs in the School of Arts & Sciences and the Office of the Dean.


Angela Luna
Assistant to the Dean for Special Projects
Room: 804 East
Phone: (212) 650-3839

Angela Luna helps coordinate academic program reviews, first year programs, scheduling/enrollment management, special events and other special projects under the purview of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  Ms Luna has undergraduate degrees in Media Studies, History and Classical Archeology, and she is currently pursuing her MA in History at Hunter College.


Esperanza Pita-Felstead
Office Assistant
Room: 812 East
Phone: 212-772-5121




David Wong
Assistant Dean for Operations

Room: 814 East
Phone: (212) 772-5240

As Assistant Dean for Operations, David Wong oversees all matters pertaining to personnel, budget, facilities and research-related purchases and expenditures for Arts & Sciences.  He has over 24 years of experience in a wide range of public sector fiscal and administrative areas. 


Luz Ramirez
Assistant for Budget

Room: 802 East
Phone: (212) 772-5521

As a Budget Assistant, Mrs. Ramirez monitors OTPS expenditures for the Dean's Office.  She processes all travel, moving and recruitment related expenses for the entire faculty in the Arts and Sciences.  Mrs. Ramirez holds an BA in Communications and a MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College.




Angela T. Haddad, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Student Success

Room: 801 East
Phone: 212-772-5121

As the Senior Associate Dean for Student Success, Dr. Haddad provides administrative leadership and support for undergraduate and graduate programs including curricular planning and development, overseeing academic program reviews, and managing the academic policies and practices of graduate programs.  Prior to Hunter College, Associate Dean Haddad served as Associate Provost of Barnard College and as an Associate Professor and Department Chair at Central Michigan University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


Sonia Macias
Executive Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean for Student Success

Room 817 East
Phone: (212) 772-4979

As Executive Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean for Student Success, Angela Haddad,  Sonia assists Dean Haddad with matters relating to graduate studies, such as student issues, registration appeals, grade changes, etc.


Robert Cowan, PhD
Acting Assistant Dean
for Program Development, Assessment, and Review
Room: 815 East
Phone: (212) 650-3045

Robert Cowan (Ph.D. Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center, 2006) oversees all graduate programs, curriculum, assessment, academic programs reviews, and a variety of other areas. He has worked as a researcher, instructor, and administrator in a variety of contexts - from Vassar College to Rikers Island to a Siberian orphanage. Combining creative writing, critical pedagogy, and modern Continental European literature and philosophy, he is the author of five books: Solace in Oblivion, Elsewhen, Teaching Double Negatives, Close Apart, and The Indo-German Identification. His work has been supported by the American Comparative Literature Association, the American Association of Colleges & Universities, Columbia University Seminars, the Democracy Commitment, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, see


Melissa Torrella
Executive Assistant to Acting Associate Dean
for Program Development, Assessment, and Review 
Room: 818 East
Phone: (212) 696-6708



Kemile Jackson, MA
Pre-Health Coordinator

Room: 710 East
Phone: (212) 772-5246

Kemile is a recent addition to the Hunter Pre-Health team. She coordinates Pre-Health information sessions and events.


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