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Dr Kuheli Dutt

Assistant Director for Academic Affairs & Diversity , Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) , The Earth Institute

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BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Kuheli Dutt serves as the chief diversity officer for Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. In this role she leads diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at Lamont. Dr. Dutt also serves as the academic affairs officer for Lamont, working closely with search committees and on salary equity issues, and overseeing postdoctoral affairs at Lamont. More recently, Dr. Dutt has been working with the Earth Institute (EI) Directorate to develop diversity and inclusion efforts and initiatives at EI.

Dr. Dutt has a PhD in public policy, and her research focuses on implicit bias and STEM diversity. Her work has been published in venues such as Nature Geoscience, Scientific American, The Lancet, Eos, and others. Dr. Dutt’s work has received wide media coverage, including venues such as: NPR Science Friday; New York Times; Huffington Post; Scientific American; Nature; Science; Inside Higher Ed; and others. Dr. Dutt serves on the Columbia University Senate Commission on the Status of Women; and the Columbia University Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Dr. Dutt serves on the International Gender Advisory Board of Southern Denmark University; and on the Advisory Board of NPR Science Friday's Breakthrough Initiative on STEM Diversity.

Dr. Dutt has given invited talks to national and international audiences on the subject of STEM diversity and implicit bias. These include: American Geophysical Union, National Science Foundation, Association of Women in Science, Aspen Global Change Institute, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Yale University, University of Southern Denmark, American Society of Association Executives, SPIE Photonics West, Columbia Global Center Rio, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia Bridge to PhD Scholars Program, EI Climate & Society Program, Columbia Faculty of Arts & Sciences, and others.

Specific to Lamont, Dr. Dutt participates in the following areas of leadership:
-LDEO Executive Committee (ExCom)
-LDEO Promotions & Careers Subcommittee (P&C)
-LDEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee
-LDEO Associate Directors Council (ADC)
-LDEO Annual Performance Review Committee
-LDEO Excellence in Mentoring Award
-Lamont Campus Life Committee
-Search committees for Officers of Research
-Ad-Hoc committees (equivalent of tenure-review) for senior scientific appointments at LDEO



Dutt, K. Race and Racism in the Geosciences. Nature Geoscience. 13, 2–3 (2020).

Dutt, K. (2019). Promoting racial diversity in geoscience through transparency, Eos, 100,

Dutt, Kuheli. (2018). How Implicit Bias and Lack of Diversity Undermine Science. Scientific American.

Dutt, Kuheli, Danielle L. Pfaff, Ariel F. Bernstein, Joseph S. Dillard, and Caryn J. Block (2016). "Gender differences in recommendation letters for postdoctoral fellowships in geoscience." Nature Geoscience 9 (805-808).

D’Armiento J, Witte SS, Dutt K, Wall M, McAllister G; Columbia University Senate Commission on the Status of Women (2019). Achieving women’s equity in academic medicine: challenging the standards. Lancet. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)30234-X

Holmes, M.A., O’Connell, S., & Dutt, K. (2015): “Women in the Geosciences: Practical, Positive Practices towards Parity”, American Geophysical Union, Wiley Press: New York. DOI:10.1002/9781119067573


Dutt, K. (2019): Avoid Implicit Gender Bias in Recommendation Letters. LDEO, Earth Institute at Columbia University. Also in: AGU Ethics and Equity Center, Leading Practices for Diversity and Inclusion.

Pendergrass et al. (2019). Inclusive Scientific Meetings: A Guide. Aspen Global Change Institute.