Christopher Alan Bracey Named Interim Provost

As vice provost for faculty affairs, Professor Bracey has supported faculty teaching and research across all disciplines and encouraged faculty participation in decision-making.

Christopher Alan Bracey
June 22, 2021

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Christopher Alan Bracey has been named interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, President Thomas LeBlanc announced Tuesday.

Professor Bracey is a long-time GW faculty member and has served as vice provost for faculty affairs since 2016. In this role, he has worked to support faculty teaching and research at all stages of the academic lifecycle, facilitate faculty participation in university decision-making on a variety of issues, and support students in receiving a world-class GW experience.

A GW Law faculty member since 2008, Professor Bracey previously served as GW Law’s senior associate dean for academic affairs and as interim dean.

“Chris is an accomplished scholar and respected academic leader at GW,” Dr. LeBlanc said. “He has strong relationships with faculty and leadership across the institution that will ensure we continue to advance the academic mission and support all students and faculty. After consulting with Senate leadership, deans, faculty and staff, it was clear Chris is the right leader for this role.”

Professor Bracey has led the university’s efforts to provide resources and guidance to support all faculty members. He is responsible for ensuring that faculty receive support for their scholarship and research and are positioned to provide students with high-quality instruction. Professor Bracey has worked closely with the faculty and all university stakeholders during important university decisions and in efforts to strengthen a diverse, inclusive and internationally recognized community of scholars.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve GW in the interim provost role,” Professor Bracey said. “I look forward to continuing to work with our incredibly talented faculty, deans, Provost’s Office staff, students and all members of our community to support excellence in teaching and research and provide our students with a rigorous and fulfilling academic experience.”

Professor Bracey is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Harvard Law School, where he was supervising editor on the Harvard Law Review.  Before joining GW, he taught at Washington University School of Law and Northwestern University School of Law.

An expert on U.S. race relations, individual rights and criminal procedure, Professor Bracey is the author of “Saviors or Sellouts: The Promise and Peril of Black Conservatism, from Booker T. Washington to Condoleezza Rice” and co-author of “The Dred Scott Case: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.”

Professor Bracey will serve in the provost role on an interim basis, and determination of the permanent provost will be made by the next president.

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