Meet the Provost
President-Elect, Emory University
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health
In June 2016, the Board of Trustees unanimously selected Claire E. Sterk as Emory University's new president, effective September 1, 2016. As the sixth provost of Emory since 2013, Sterk brings a great range of academic and administrative experience to her roles at the university. A senior member of the provost's office since 2005 and a faculty member in public health since 1995, she has additional faculty appointments in anthropology, sociology, and women, gender, and sexuality studies.
Her primary research interests are addiction, mental health, and HIV/AIDS, with a focus on community-based interventions. She is a leading international figure in the fields of public health and anthropology and the author of three books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. In addition to service on several editorial boards, Sterk holds several professional leadership positions, including president of the Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco section of the American Sociological Association and a board member of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
A native of the Netherlands, Sterk holds a PhD in sociology from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a doctoral degree in medical anthropology from the University of Utrecht.