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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


Gretchen Ritter

Gretchen Ritter, professor of government, joined Cornell in August 2013 and served as the Harold Tanner Dean of Arts and Sciences through August 2018. She previously served as vice provost and professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, and she has also taught at MIT, Princeton, and Harvard.  

Gretchen received her BA in government from Cornell and a PhD in political science from MIT. She has written numerous articles and essays and is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including a National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship, the Radcliffe Research Partnership Award, a Liberal Arts Fellowship at Harvard Law School, and an Outstanding Administrators Award from the Academic Counselors Association.

In recent years, Gretchen’s research has taken two tracks. She continues her work on the history of women's Constitutional rights and on contemporary issues concerning democracy and citizenship in American politics. She also has contributed to research on reducing college achievement gaps, including intervention strategies and new learning models in higher education.