Master of Liberal Studies
Faculty &

Courses are taught by distinguished Rice faculty and invited visiting faculty who maintain the high academic standards of Rice University. Our faculty body is composed of subject matter experts in a broad set of academic areas, ranging from biochemistry, British history, and international relations to criminology, Antarctic geology and musicology. No matter their area of expertise, each faculty member believes in life-long learning and is eager to support students' success in all stages of their education.

Joseph Campana
Joseph Campana, Ph.D.

Alan Dugald McKillop Professor of English

Daniel Cohan, Ph.D.
Daniel Cohan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

G. Daniel Cohen
G. Daniel Cohen, Ph.D.

Samuel W. & Goldye Marian Spain Associate Professor

Leo Costello
Leo Costello, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art History Department Chair

Terrence Doody
Terrence Doody, Ph.D.

Professor of English, 1970-2018

Julie Fette
Julie Fette

Associate Professor

Özge Gürcanlı
Özge Gürcanlı

Senior Lecturer of Psychological Sciences

James Hackett
James Hackett

Chairman of the Board, The Welch Institute; President, Tessellation Services, LLC

Matthias Henze
Matthias Henze, Ph.D.

Isla Carroll & Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies; Director of the Program in Jewish Studies

Dennis Huston
J. Dennis Huston, Ph.D.

Professor of English, 1969-2017

Christopher M. Johns-Krull, Ph.D.
Christopher Johns-Krull, Ph.D.

Professor, Chair for the On-Campus Observatory

Cassidy Johnson
Cassidy Johnson, Ph.D.

Faculty Lecturer

Mark Kulstad, Ph.D.
Mark Kulstad, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Philosophy

Burke Nixon
Burke Nixon


Scott Solomon
Scott Solomon, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor

Rebecca Sharp
Rebecca Sharp

Graduate Liberal Studies, Director

Kim Raptis
Kim Raptis

Graduate Liberal Studies, Assistant Director

Expand your horizons and gain a deeper understanding of the world with the Master of Liberal Studies program. This program combines a world-class Rice education with the flexibility of a degree plan tailored to meet your needs.

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Assistant Director
Kim Raptis


Rebecca Sharp


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