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Dean's Office Staff

Leanne Doherty Mason

Associate Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations


In addition to being the Associate Dean, Leanne is an Associate Professor of American Politics in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. After receiving a BA in Government from Clark University, she received her Ph.D. from Northeastern University in 2005 with a concentration in public policy.  Professor Doherty's research focuses on the role that athletics play in political leadership. Her book, Level Playing Field for All? Female Political Leadership and Athletics (Lexington Books — Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2011) explores the idea of athletes as elites in American society and how the disparity between male and female athletes decreases women's status in the social eligibility pool, a key factor in successful achievement of political office. She has also published research on political science and pedagogy in PS: Political Science and Politics and Journal of Political Science Education. Her new research project looks at various state policies concerning "mandated" breastfeeding policy and the role of interest groups and the federal government in changing problem definitions around infant health.  Dr. Doherty's teaching is centered around the American political system, with a concentration on gender and politics, popular culture, and public policy. She was named Professor of the Year in 2008 and received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising in 2009.  She is the faculty coordinator of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Intern Fellowship Program which seeks to give young women exposure to and education in the nuts and bolts of Massachusetts political leadership through practical experience, thereby increasing the number of young women who enter the pipeline of political leadership.  Prof. Doherty is also the pre-law advisor for both undergraduates and alumni.

Paula R. Malady

Administrative Manager in the College of Arts and Sciences


Paula Malady is the Administrative Manager in the Dean's office. She received her MBA from Simmons College in 1993 and immediately took her passionate idealism to Prague, where she designed and set up new academic, financial, operational and administrative services in a USAID-funded international school of management. Upon her return from the Czech Republic, Paula moved to Cambridge where she founded and led a consulting practice to improve organizational and personal effectiveness within merger and acquisition consulting, software development and higher education, locally and internationally.

Before accepting the position at Simmons, she was Assistant Director for Administration and a Project Manager at Harvard Law School for almost eight years. While at Harvard Law, she created and managed the operations to support the completion of a $250M student service building. She also initiated and managed special projects which included working with many talented Simmons GSLIS-trained library staff to research archival materials for a permanent art installation. Paula is looking forward to establishing clear support systems to help Simmons's amazing students, staff and faculty continue to strengthen the transformative learning experience and keep their eye on infusing it with passion and purpose.

Paula has encouraged a number of women to attend the Simmons SOM MBA program, including a niece who followed her to Simmons and graduated from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has also travelled for work and study in Africa, Italy, and the Czech Republic and likes nothing better than to meet new people and share ideas and perceptions. Paula is the mother of three boys, two who attend Cambridge public schools and one who is a musician in Oregon.

Stephen Haag

Administative Assistant


Steve is a Simmons alum, having earned his Master's in Library and Information Science in January 2010. He has been in the Office of the Dean of CAS since August 2007. In his free time, he reads, cooks and writes for several online music publications. He lives with his wife and record collection in Brookline.