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Provost and Executive Vice President, University of Montana

Pardis Mahdavi, PhD is Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of Montana. She previously served as a Professor and Dean of Social Sciences at Arizona State University. Before her time in Arizona, she was Acting Dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (2017-2019), after spending eleven years at Pomona College from 2006-2017 where she most recently served as professor and chair of anthropology and director of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College as well as Dean of Women. Her research interests include gendered labor, human trafficking, migration, sexuality, human rights, transnational feminism, and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. She has published six single authored books and one edited volume in addition to numerous journal and news articles. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been a fellow at the Social Sciences Research Council, the American Council on Learned Societies, Google Ideas, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 2018 she was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and re-appointed by Governor Jared Polis to serve on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.


  • 2006–2017
    Chair professor, Pomona College


  • 2006 
    Columbia University, PhD