Geneva Stein, Ph.D.,

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Programs

College of Natural Sciences
Graduate Program Faculty
College of Social Sciences


  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience from Princeton University
  • Author of several published peer-reviewed scientific articles on topics ranging from epigenetics to the molecular and neural regulation of memory
  • Numerous presentations and invited talks at national conferences on teaching and learning
  • Recent peer-reviewed publications on students’ experience with emergency remote education and teaching foundational skills

Professor Geneva Stein joined Minerva from her position in the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton University where she also served as a lecturer in Molecular Biology. Professor Stein earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience from Princeton researching the genetics of learning and memory in C. elegans. Stein received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Bryn Mawr College.

Though Stein began her career as a molecular biologist, she is now focused on understanding how humans learn and translating the science of learning into effective pedagogical practice. In particular, Stein is passionate about helping students understand how, with effort and guidance, they can intentionally develop processes of critical thinking and refine methods of working both interdependently and independently towards success in their chosen field.

Stein currently directs Minerva’s Masters and Certificate in Decision Analysis Programs where she prepares current and emerging leaders worldwide to fearlessly innovate solutions to today's and tomorrow's challenges while embracing diverse and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Stein teaches courses focused on Minerva’s Habits of Mind and Foundational Concepts (HCs) at both the undergraduate and graduate level as well as undergraduate psychology courses.