Rakesh Khurana, Dean of Harvard College,
Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Professor of Sociology
and Co-Master of Cabot House
First Floor Center
“We want to ensure that we are providing students with a deeply transformative experience – intellectually, socially and personally – that will prepare them for a life of citizenship and leadership. With this aim, Harvard College should and will set the standard for undergraduate liberal arts and sciences education for the next hundred years.”
– Rakesh Khurana, Dean of Harvard College
Rakesh Khurana, professor of sociology and organizational behavior at Harvard University, and co-master of Cabot House, became dean of Harvard College on July 1, 2014.
A distinguished scholar of organizational behavior and leadership, an award-winning teacher, and a House master, Khurana has been deeply involved in undergraduate issues throughout his time at Harvard, having served on a number of important policy committees.
Khurana’s research uses a sociological perspective to focus on the processes by which elites and leaders are selected and developed. He has written extensively about the CEO labor market and business education.
In 2000, Khurana was appointed to the HBS faculty, and was named the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership and Development in 2008. He and his wife, Stephanie (M.B.A., M.P.P.’96), became co-house masters of Cabot in 2010, where they continue to serve and live with their three children.
He has also been recognized for his commitment to pedagogy, twice earning the Charles M. Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008, 2012) and being nominated in 2013 for the Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising. He has also co-edited “The Handbook for Leadership Theory and Practice” (2010) and “The Handbook for Teaching Leadership” (2012), seminal texts on leadership theory and pedagogical practice.
As a member of the Harvard community, Khurana led or served on a number of policy-making panels, including committees on Academic Integrity, Campus Culture, and the Alcohol and Other Drug Services. In 2011-2012, he co-chaired the Committee on Harvard College Alcohol Policy. Most recently, he served on the task force charged with recommending policies related to the privacy of electronic communications conducted at Harvard.
Khurana received his B.S. from Cornell University, and began graduate studies at Harvard in 1993, earning his Ph.D. in 1998 through a joint program between Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).
He taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 1998 and 2000. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a founding team member of Cambridge Technology Partners.