Pivoting with a Ph.D. - A Conversation with Trustee Victoria Bjorklund '73

Dec 11 2014 -
2:00pm to 4:15pm

This conversation-style seminar will feature Dr. Victoria Bjorklund '73 and Assistant Dean Diana Hill Mitchell *10. Dr. Bjorklund and Dean Mitchell will talk about their unconventional uses of their Ph.D.s, their journeys after the academy, and how a Ph.D. does not limit your career choice to just teaching in a collegiate setting.

The conversation will take place from 2:00PM - 3:30PM. A reception will immediately follow the conversation.


Victoria B. Bjorklund is Of Counsel to the international law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she founded and headed the Firm's Exempt Organizations Group. The Group advises public charities, private foundations, boards, and donors. She also teaches "The Law of Nonprofits" at Harvard Law School. Victoria serves as a volunteer director on 10 nonprofit boards, including Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study. She was the founding American member of Doctors Without Borders USA, where she served as pro bono legal counsel for decades and still serves on its Board of Advisors. She earned her J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Princeton University, where she graduated in three years and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. At Simpson, she co-chaired the Firm's Diversity and Pro Bono Committees. The Third Edition of her treatise, New York Nonprofit Law and Practice, is due to be released in December.


In March 2014, Dr. Diana Hill Mitchell joined the the Graduate School at Princeton University as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs & Diversity. At the Graduate School, Dean Mitchell is tasked with: the recruitment and retention of diverse students; assisting academic departments with issues related to advising, academic achievement and degree completion; diverse student organizations oversight; and professional development initiatives in cooperation with the Office of Career Services.

Prior to joining Princeton University, Mitchell held positions at the Aetna Foundation as a grant manager and several positions in human resources in human resources at Aetna Inc. and Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Most recently, Mitchell served as assistant dean and academic coordinator in the College of Arts and Sciences, at Washington University in St. Louis from 2011-2014. In this role, Mitchell was primarily tasked with advising undergraduate students; directing select scholars programs; and advising student organizations. She also held the rank of lecturer in the Department of Psychology, where she taught "Contemporary Topics in Social Psychology: Stereotypes, Stigmas, and Intergroup Relations." Mitchell was the 2013 recipient of the W.E.B. DuBois Staff Mentor Award at Washington University in St. Louis, and was the primarily investigator on a 2012-13 Diversity and Inclusion grant entitled "Supporting Faculty and Staff Who Work with Student of Color."

Mitchell received her Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University in 2010. Her dissertation entitled "Race and Cognitive Dissonance: The Role of Choice in the Experience of Dissonance" was written under the direction of Professor Joel Cooper, Department of Psychology. While at Princeton, Mitchell was the assistant coach of the women's basketball team from 2004-06, was a founding member of the Graduate Women of Color Caucus (GWCC), and was an assistant master in Rockefeller College from 2005-06. Since 2011,  Mitchell has sat on the Board of Directors for Princeton's Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

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Contact: 
Jennifer Loessy
Sponsored by: 
Graduate School and Office of Career Services