Nicol Rae

Nicol Rae serves as the Dean of the College of Letters and Science and is a professor of political science. Before coming to MSU in 2013, Dr. Rae served as the senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University. At Florida International University, Dr. Rae led associate deans, assistant deans, directors and department chairs in his role since 2008. His professional administrative experience includes serving as the chair of the Department of Political Science, co-director of the Miami European Union Center and director of European Studies. He began his career at Florida International University in 1988 and was chair of the Department of Political Science from 1999-2005. His scholarship is often cited, and his research interests focus on American national political institutions, comparative political parties and party systems, European government and politics, and conservative politics. He is the author of five books on American politics. Dr. Rae holds a doctorate in politics from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree in politics from Edinburgh University.

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Associate Dean for Student Success and Curriculum

Dr. Cherry is a history professor whose research focuses on Roman North Africa and the history of the Roman frontiers. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, he has published two books, Frontier and Society in Roman North Africa, published by Oxford University Press in 1998, and The Roman World: A Sourcebook, published by Blackwell in 2001. In addition to his excellent scholarship and work in the classroom, Dr. Cherry has served in numerous leadership positions at MSU. He was actively involved in the development of MSU’s current core curriculum. He was instrumental in the creation of both the Liberal Studies and American Studies programs, serving as director of Liberal Studies from 2005 to 2009 and director of American Studies from 2009 to 2014. He’s been very involved in the University Library Committee, acting as that group’s chair from 1995 to 2003 and again from 2013 to present. For many years, Dr. Cherry served on the advisory committee for the college’s first-year seminar course, and was the chair of the Department of History and Philosophy from 2011 to 2014. He was the department’s graduate program coordinator from 1998 to 2004. Before coming to MSU in 1992, Dr. Cherry taught at the University of Toronto, Stanford University, and the University of Puget Sound. He earned his doctorate in Classics from the University of Ottawa.

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Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Associate Dean Bridget Kevane is a professor of Spanish whose research focuses on Latino/a studies, especially literature and cultural expressions of faith and spirituality in literature. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, she has written four books, including her most recent, The Dynamics of Jewish Latino Relationships: Hope and Caution, which was published in August 2015 by Palgrave Pivot. In the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, she coordinated the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and taught a variety of courses, including "U.S. Latino Cultures," a seminar on "Modern Hispanic Literature" and Spanish language courses. In addition to her excellent scholarship and work in the classroom, she excels at community outreach and engagement. She has received several awards in recognition of her outreach work, including the 2007 President's Award for Excellence in Service Learning, the 2008 Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award and the College of Letters and Science's Excellence in Outreach Award in 2008. She served as department chair for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures from 2006 to 2012 and has also served as the co-director for the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor.

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Director of Finance and Administration

Mindy Brown has degrees in natural resources from Cornell University (B.S.) and natural resource management and policy from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (M.S.). She joined the Dean’s office in 2009 after working in both the Departments of Microbiology and Earth Sciences at MSU. She is responsible for the fiscal management of the college, including its fifteen departments and various centers.

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Assistant to the Dean

Sarah Miller has been working at Montana State University since 2003 and with the Dean's Office since 2007. She has her B.A. in history with a minor in English and a Master's of Public Administration, both from MSU. Sarah serves as the executive assistant to the Dean, directing and coordinating the Dean's programs, coordinating the promotion and tenure process for the college, and assisting with the fiscal management of the college.

Kate Cowart
Student Services Coordinator

Kate Cowart has a degree in Economics with minors in Mathematics and Environmental Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (B.A.) and is currently working on a Masters in Public Administration at Montana State University (M.P.A). She has been working at MSU since 2015, and joined the Dean’s Office in 2017.  Before coming to MSU, Kate worked for Montana Conservation Corps, and for the State of Maryland. Kate helps to coordinate College level processes (like suspension appeals, Kopriva fellowships and scholarships) and events (like homecoming awards, graduation celebration, and College awards).

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Communications Director
Jody Sanford has a B.A. degree in English and political science from the University of Michigan and an M.S. degree in resource development from Michigan State University. She joined the Dean’s office in 2008. She directs communication among the college’s fifteen departments, as well as between the college, the wider university, and college alumni and donors. Jody is the editor of Confluence, the college’s annual magazine, manages the L&S website, and produces other College-related brochures and publications.