Provost and Dean of the Faculty; Henry Steele Commager Professor of History
As dean of the faculty since 2014 and provost since 2019, Catherine Epstein works to promote and maintain Amherst’s commitment to excellence in teaching and research. She oversees all academic departments and programs, hiring and retention of faculty, and broad curricular and pedagogical initiatives. Many administrative departments report to her, including the library, museums and academic support centers, as well as Athletics and the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.
Catherine’s disciplinary focus is modern German and Central European history. Since coming to Amherst in 2000, she has taught a wide range of European history classes, including courses on the Holocaust, Nazi Germany and World War II. Catherine is the author of four books, among which are Model Nazi: Arthur Greiser and the Occupation of Western Poland (2010), which won the Arthur Kronthal Prize, and Nazi Germany: Confronting the Myths (2015). She serves on the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and as a member of the board of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Harvard.