Vice Provost for Graduate Programs
Sally (Sarah) Pratt is vice provost for graduate programs. She oversees the USC Graduate School, which has administrative responsibility for all of the university’s Ph.D. programs and select master’s programs. A professor of Slavic languages and literatures, she came to USC from Oberlin College in 1980 as the Russian language program coordinator. From 1997 until 2005, she served as dean of academic programs for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, with responsibility for graduate and undergraduate programs. She has served as president of the College Faculty Council and the Academic Senate and as director of faculty development in the humanities for the USC Dornsife. Pratt is also a faculty fellow of the Center for Excellence in Teaching.
Pratt received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian poetry, and she has published three books: The Semantics of Chaos in Tiutchev, Russian Metaphysical Romanticism, and Nikolai Zabolotsky: Enigma and Cultural Paradigm. She has also written numerous articles on Russian poetry, Russian women’s autobiography, and political and philosophical issues of twentieth-century Russian literary criticism.