Katherine (Katie) O'Dair, Ph.D.

Katherine (Katie) O'Dair, Ph.D.

Dean of Students
Katherine O'Dair, Dean of Students

Katie O'Dair is the Dean of Students for Harvard College. She heads the Office of Student Life and oversees both the College's residential system and the College's co-curricular experiences.


In addition to leading the office, Katie provides guidance to the upperclass House system, housing operations, crisis management and response, 400 student organizations, multiple campus-wide activities and events, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Harvard College Women's Center, the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, and planning and implementation of House Renewal.


Katie is excited to join the Harvard community and looks forward to working with students. Katie holds a bachelor's degree in communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a master's degree in student personnel and counseling from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

In her free time, Katie is a triathlete and an avid trail runner. She also volunteers with the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge as a membership of their leadership team.

For appointments, please contact the Office of Student Life at deanodair@fas.harvard.edu.

Contact Information

University Hall, First Floor, 106
p: (617) 495-1942

Areas of Responsibility