Loyola University Maryland

Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Class Deans

Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Douglas B. Harris, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Co-Director of Messina
Maryland Hall 145

Ms. Jan Vohrer
Executive Assistant

Ms. Sarah E. Lewis
Program Assistant for the Dean of Undergraduate Studies,
Messina, National Fellowships, and Pre-Health Programs

Douglas Harris, Ph.D., Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Co-Director of Messina

Douglas B. Harris, Ph.D., is professor of political science, co-director of Messina, and dean of undergraduate studies. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. With prior faculty appointments at Colgate University, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Texas at Dallas, he came to Loyola in 2002 and has served as chair of the political science department and director of the Honors Program. 

He teaches courses on the U.S. Congress, political parties and elections, and American political development.  His research has been supported by the Everett McKinley Dirksen Congressional Research Center, the Maryland Historical Society, the Carl Albert Research Center at the University of Oklahoma, and a Morris K. Udall Research Grant from the University of Arizona.  His is also project director for Loyola's $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the Messina first-year seminar program.

In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, his scholarly publications include a co-authored book entitled The Austin-Boston Connection: Five Decades of House Democratic Leadership, 1937-1989 which was published by Texas A&M University Press as well as a co-edited book on Doing Archival Research in Political Science, published by Cambria Press.  He is currently completing a book called Choosing the Leader: Leadership Elections in the U.S. House of Representatives which is co-authored with Matt Green at Catholic University and under contract at Yale University Press.

Dean Harris’ office is in Maryland Hall 145.  You can make an appointment to see him by calling ext. 5547. You can also reach him by email at dharris4@loyola.edu.

Ms. Jan Vohrer, Executive Assistant

Jan provides administrative support to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies as well as the scheduling and coordination of the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Board. She works closely with the Dean and the Director of the Academic Advising and Support Center on all university leave of absences, withdrawals and academic standards issues. Before coming to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies Office, Jan worked for the Sellinger School of Business and Management in the Graduate Business Programs Office as an Office Manager for 14 years.

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Ms. Sarah E. Lewis, Program Assistant for the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Messina, National Fellowships, and Pre-Health Programs

Sarah graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and a minor in mathematics. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Japan as a participant in the JET Programme, living and working as an English teacher in the port city of Kobe from 2009 to 2014. Sarah currently works within the office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, providing support to the Messina, National Fellowships, and Pre-Health Programs, as well as to the deans for the classes of 2019 and 2020. She also serves as Green Office Representative, along with Patrick Cassidy of Messina.

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