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Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Diversity
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Office of the Director
218 Monell
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8603
(845) 365-8162


Fields of interest: 
Diversity, Inclusion, Implicit Bias, Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation, Academic Affairs


Dr. Kuheli Dutt is the Assistant Director for Academic Affairs and Diversity at Lamont, and serves as Lamont's Diversity Officer. Dr. Dutt has a PhD in public policy, and extensive experience developing diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs. Her research focuses on gender issues, implicit bias, and diversity in the sciences. Her paper on Gender Differences in Recommendation Letters for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Geoscience was published in Nature Geoscience. Her book, Women in the Geosciences was published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and her op-ed on How Implicit Bias and Lack of Diversity Undermine Science was published in Scientific American. Dr. Dutt was also a co-author for an article in a special edition of The Lancet on Women in Science.

Dr. Dutt’s work has been covered by media venues including: NPR Science Friday; New York Times; Huffington Post; Scientific American; Nature; Science;  Eos (AGU);  Inside Higher Ed;  Physics World;  Ars Technica;  The Verge;  Smithsonian; El Español; Time; Fortune;  and others. Dr. Dutt has presented to national and international audiences on STEM diversity and implicit bias, and serves on the International Advisory Board for Gender Equality at the University of Southern Denmark. Dr. Dutt also 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 has served on several panels, committees, and workshops including Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, National Science Foundation, Association of Women in Science, and Aspen Global Change Institute.

Dr. Dutt participates in the following areas of leadership at Lamont:

  • LDEO Executive Committee (ExCom): This committee deals with all policy and programmatic issues associated with future directions of the Observatory. For more details click here.
  • LDEO Promotions & Careers Subcommittee (P&C): This committee assesses the present research performance of the Observatory. For details click here.
  • LDEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee: This committee selects the top candidates for the LDEO Postdoctoral Fellowships. For more details click here.
  • LDEO Associate Directors Council (ADC): This group deals with the day to day management of the Observatory and provides counsel to the Director.
  • LDEO Annual Performance Review: This committee assesses the performance of the scientific staff and recommends merit-based salary increases
  • LDEO Excellence in Mentoring Award: This award recognizes a member of the Lamont research staff for mentoring of juniors. For details go to Excellence in Mentoring Award
  • Lamont Campus Life Committee: This committee reviews and recommends improvements to policies, procedures and facilities pertaining to the general quality of life on the Lamont Campus.
  • Search committees for Officers of Research: These groups make decisions pertaining to hiring new research staff at LDEO. The Office of Academic Affairs & Diversity provides guidelines and support to these committees. For more details go to Search Committees
  • Ad-Hoc committees (equivalent of tenure-review) for senior staff appointments at LDEO.
List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Northeastern University

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Selected Publications:

Achieving women's equity in academic medicine: challenging the standards D'Armiento, J.; Witte, S.; Dutt, K.; Wall, M.; McAllister, G. The Lancet 9 February 2019 Volume: 393 (2019)
How Implicit Bias and Lack of Diversity Undermine Science Dutt, Kuheli; Scientific American (2018)
Gender differences in recommendation letters for postdoctoral fellowships in geoscience Dutt, Kuheli; Pfaff, Danielle L.; Bernstein, Ariel; Dillard, Joseph S.; Block, Caryn J. Nature Geoscience (2016)
Women in the Geosciences: Practical, Positive Practices Toward Parity Holmes, Mary Anne; OConnell, Suzanne; Dutt, Kuheli. Issue: Special Issue (2015) 10.1002/9781119067573