Christopher Sewell

Associate Dean of the College

413-597-4639
Hopkins Hall

Education

B.A. Williams College, American Studies (2005)
M.S. University of Pennsylvania, Education (2007)
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles, African American Studies (2008)
Ed.D Vanderbilt University, Educational Leadership (2014)

I am the first of six (my brother and 4 cousins) to attend Williams. I graduated from Williams in 2005 with a double major in History and American Studies with an Africana concentration. My thesis here was entitled “Responding to the Moynihan Report, 1965: Representations of the African American family on Television in the 1970s and 1980s” which fueled my interest in connecting popular culture and real life realities. My current academic research focuses on the experiences of gifted students of color, the ways in which LGBTQ+ gifted students negotiate their academic, racial and sexual identities, and the experiences of Black students at Predominantly White Institutions.

Before coming to Williams, I was Senior Instructor Manager at General Assembly. I worked to support the development of industry professionals as they worked to train the next generation of web developers, data scientists and user experience designers. I also served as the liaison for our social impact programs that worked to diversify the tech, data, and design spaces through the recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds. As Associate Dean of the College, I work to support students in transition, specifically veterans, transfer students, and students who come back from leave. I also work closely with the Davis Center, the Health and Wellness Center, the Chaplain’s Office and Dean Johnson on First Year Experience.

Outside of my work with students, I love running, traveling, and dance!