Navigating the Kempner

The Kempner Institute is an interdisciplinary initiative of the Provost’s Office, and is not housed in any one school or department within Harvard. The Kempner, like all the cross-school initiatives administered through the Provost’s office, is also sometimes referred to as an “interfaculty initiative,” has substantial faculty involvement from multiple Harvard schools and departments, and reports directly to the provost.

Our team

The Kempner administrative team is here to support all aspects of the Kempner community.

Who we are

For Kempner team photos and bios photos and bios, visit the Kempner Institute team page.

WhoRoleContact me for

Elise Porter (she/her/hers)

Executive Director

questions about how to engage/collaborate with the Kempner

Ella Batty (she/her/hers)

Assistant Director for Educational Programs

educational programs or anything related to learning about this field

Michaela Kapp (she/her/hers)

Assistant Director for Finance

anything financial, policy, account info, travel and purchase guidance

Deborah Apsel Lang (she/her/hers)

Assistant Director for Communications

website, media inquiries, trademark/logo, general comms, publications/news items

Molly Marshall (she/her/hers)

Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator

general questions and logistical support, scheduling, travel

Nikki Shawn (they/them/he/him)

Reception Area Coordinator

events, general questions and logistical support

The following directories are useful for finding contact information for students, faculty and staff: