Philip S. Khoury, Associate Provost

Professor Philip S. Khoury was appointed Associate Provost in 2006. He is responsible for overseeing MIT’s noncurricular arts programs and initiatives, including the MIT Museum and the List Visual Arts Center; MIT’s strategic planning for international education and research; and MIT’s efforts to promote the public understanding of science and technology. He is also responsible for the enhancement of existing activities and the creation of new opportunities at the intersections of MIT’s five schools: Architecture and Planning; Engineering; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Management; and Science.

“The arts thrive at MIT because of our commitment to cross-disciplinary study and to a curriculum based in experimentation and imaginative problem solving. Studying the arts, in combination with the extraordinary discoveries in science and engineering, prepares our students to make creative and innovative contributions in multiple fields.”

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Melissa Nobles. Image credit: Stuart Darsch.

Melissa Nobles, Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Melissa Nobles is the Kenan Sahin Dean of the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and  a Professor of Political Science.

Dean Nobles’ international, comparative research focuses on retrospective justice in light of ethnic and racial conflicts. She is the author of two books, Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics (Stanford University Press, 2000) and The Politics of Official Apologies (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and is co-editor with Jun-Hyeok Kwak of Inherited Responsibility and Historical Reconciliation in East Asia (Routledge Press, 2013).

“At MIT, we view the humanities and arts as essential, both for educating young students, thinkers, and citizens, and for addressing the great challenges of our era.”

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Hashim Sarkis. Credit: Stephanie Morrison

Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture + Planning

Hashim Sarkis was appointed Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning in January of 2015. Prior to that he was at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) as the The Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism. In addition to professorships at Harvard University and MIT, Dean Sarkis has held numerous visiting appointments around the world including the American University of Beirut and the Metropolis Program in Barcelona.

In addition to his academic work, Dean Sarkis is principal architect in the Cambridge and Beirut based firm, HashimSarkis Studios, founded in 1998. His architectural and planning projects include affordable housing, institutional buildings, and town planning throughout the globe.

“The arts and humanities are deeply embedded at MIT, throughout our schools and departments and across the curriculum.”