Debora Spar

Debora Spar is the Jaime and Josefina Chua Tiampo Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Senior Associate Dean for Global Business and Society. Her current research focuses on issues of gender and technology, and the interplay between technological change and broader social structures.

Spar served as the President of Barnard College from 2008 to 2017, and as President and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 2017 to 2018. Before joining Barnard, Spar spent 17 years on the HBS faculty as the Spangler Family Professor as well as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development. A prolific writer, Spar’s books include The Baby Business (2006), Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection (2013), and Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny (2020).

Spar earned her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and her B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.