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  • Associate Dean for Academic Support
  • Liaison to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator


  • BA, Harvard College, 2001
  • MM, New England Conservatory, 2003
  • Performance Certificate, Manhattan School of Music, 2004
  • MIA, School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, 2011


Chris Jenkins is a performing violist, educator, and administrator with an interest in the theory and practice of human rights, especially as they relate to equal access to music performance and education. He was deputy director and professor of viola and violin at the Barenboim-Said Foundation in Ramallah, West Bank, from 2013-14, and served as dean of the Sphinx Performance Academy, the Sphinx Organization’s summer music program for minority youth, for seven years. Third-place laureate of the 2005 Sphinx Competition, Jenkins was the founding violist of SPA’s resident chamber ensemble, the Catalyst Quartet. In 2010, he was honored by Sphinx with the Sanford Allen Award in recognition of his professional achievements as dean.

As a performer, Jenkins has played with the New York Philharmonic and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, toured with Diana Ross, and played on Broadway shows such as The Lion King and Les Miserables.

In 2011, Jenkins earned a master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, focusing on the study of human rights and conflict resolution. He has taught and performed in Palestine, Pakistan, Israel, China, Colombia, and South Africa.