Jamshed Bharucha

Jamshed Bharucha

Jamshed Bharucha is the twelfth President of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. A cognitive neuroscientist, he has published extensively on the cognitive and neural underpinnings of music, and has been awarded grants from NSF and NIH for his work. More recently, he has written and lectured widely on the challenges facing higher education, emphasizing the need for bold innovations in learning and global engagement. A 1978 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, where he majored in biopsychology, President Bharucha received an M.A. in philosophy from Yale University (1979) and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Harvard University (1983). He was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 1993-94, and currently is an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Alumnae & Alumni of Vassar College, and has served as a Trustee of Vassar College. President Bharucha began his academic career at Dartmouth College, where he was named the John Wentworth Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and served in several leadership positions, including Associate Dean, Deputy Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. At Dartmouth he received the Huntington Teaching Award in 1987 and the Undergraduate Teaching Initiative Award in 2002. A signature accomplishment of his administrative work at Dartmouth was the creation of the nation’s first brain imaging facility for the study of cognitive neuroscience outside of a clinical setting. In 2002, Bharucha was appointed Provost and Senior Vice President of Tufts University. Under his leadership as Provost, annual sponsored research doubled to $175 million, revenues from the transfer of technology increased eight-fold to $8 million, and the university launched an international strategy focusing on Mexico, India and China. President Bharucha is a classically trained violinist, having received an Associate’s Diploma in Violin Performance from the Trinity College of Music, London, in 1973.