About the Author

debora spar, author, barnard college presidentDebora Spar is president of Barnard College and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection (to be published in September 2013). She has also written Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception (2006); Ruling the Waves: From the Compass to the Internet, a History of Business and Politics along the Technological Frontier (2001); The Cooperative Edge: The Internal Politics of International Drug Cartels (1996). Spar has also written extensively for publications such as The Daily BeastThe Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, and New England Journal of Medicine.

A political scientist by training, Spar is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and received a doctorate in government from Harvard. Prior to her arrival at Barnard in 2008, Spar was the Spangler Family Professor at Harvard Business School, where her research and teaching focused on political economy and the various ways in which firms and governments together shape the rules of the global economy. During her time at Harvard, Spar was also a Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Research. Currently, Spar serves as a Director of Goldman Sachs, the Markle Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and Value Retail, LLC..

Debora Spar is married to Miltos Catomeris, an architect whose specialty is academic, institutional, and corporate campuses. They are the parents of three children.

For more information, please see the President’s Page on the Barnard College website.