Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust

President, Harvard University

Drew Gilpin Faust is the 28th President of Harvard University and the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

As President of Harvard, President Faust has expanded financial aid to improve access to Harvard College for students of all economic backgrounds and has advocated for increased federal funding for scientific research. She has broadened the University's international reach; raised the profile of the arts on campus; embraced sustainability; has launched edX, the online learning partnership with MIT; and has promoted collaboration across academic disciplines and administrative units as she guided the University through a period of significant financial challenges.

President Faust previously served as founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2001-2007). Before coming to Radcliffe, she was the Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

She is the author of six books, including This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (2008), which chronicles the impact of the Civil War's enormous death toll on the lives of 19th-century Americans. It was recognized by the New York Times as one of the "Ten Best Books of 2008."

President Faust's honors include awards for distinguished teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994, the Society of American Historians in 1993, and the American Philosophical Society in 2004. She received her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr in 1968, magna cum laude with honors in history, and master's (1971) and doctoral (1975) degrees in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.