Elizabeth R. Cole, associate dean for social sciences at LSA, will serve as that University of Michigan college’s interim dean.

Her appointment, effective Sept. 1, was announced Tuesday by Martin Philbert, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Cole succeeds Andrew Martin, current dean of LSA, who has been named chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Professor Cole brings a strong understanding of the academic depth and breadth of the college, as well as an excellent working understanding of the college’s operations gained through her service the past four years as an associate dean,” Philbert said in authorizing the appointment.

Cole is a professor in the departments of women’s studies, psychology, and Afroamerican and African studies.

“It’s my honor to serve the college at this important transition,” Cole said. “I look forward to continuing to work with faculty, staff and students on our most exciting initiatives, including LSA’s Opportunity Hub and the implementation of our DEI plan.”

Cole has an extensive publication record with research interests in the areas of intersectionality (gender, race and class as simultaneous social identities); relationships between political attitudes and behaviors, particularly among African Americans and all women; and diverse women, body image and sexuality.

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