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“We teach habits of mind and foundational concepts that will allow students to adapt and succeed at jobs that don’t exist yet.”
Stephen M. Kosslyn, Ph.D.
Founding Dean
Stephen Kosslyn
Stephen M. Kosslyn, Ph.D., 
Founding Dean
  • Cognitive neuroscientist, author, educator and researcher
  • Former Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University
  • Former Dean of Social Sciences at Harvard University
  • Former John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in memory of William James at Harvard University
  • Former Chair, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
  • Author of more than 300 scientific papers and 14 books
  • Former assistant professor at Johns Hopkins and associate professor at Harvard and Brandeis
  • Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University and B.A. in Psychology from UCLA

Founding Dean Stephen M. Kosslyn leads has defined Minerva’s pedagogic philosophy. Kosslyn came to Minerva from Stanford University, where he served as Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, the world’s preeminent institution in the field. Prior to Stanford, Kosslyn spent 30 years at Harvard University in a variety of positions, including Dean of Social Sciences.

Kosslyn has received three honorary doctorates, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Academy of Sciences Initiatives in Research Award. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and 14 books. His most recent Top Brain/Bottom Brain (with G.W. Miller), posits a new theory of cognitive modes — different thinking styles­­ — that affect how we each approach the world and our interactions with others.

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“Students thrive when they can describe the skills they have learned and apply them in a variety of contexts. I aim to help instructors implement active learning techniques.”

“I am passionate about providing talented and hard-working students from around the globe the tools that will help them reach their full potential. That is why I joined Minerva.”

“Minerva’s curriculum may be the only thing I know for which the reality is more impressive than the hype. You really have to see it.”