Gertrude Fraser

Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

rude FraserGertrude Fraser is Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement at the University of Virginia. Her primary leadership responsibilities include faculty recruitment and retention, with a focus on expanding faculty diversity and advancing women in the STEM disciplines, promotion and tenure policy review, institutional planning for faculty growth, and programs to support faculty research and teaching. She was a Program Officer in higher education at the Ford Foundation from 2001-2003. Ms. Fraser earned degrees from Bryn Mawr College and The Johns Hopkins University, where she completed her Doctorate in Anthropology. She is Associate Professor of Anthropology and African and African American Studies.


She has written in the areas of African American culture, community, and identity in the diaspora; race, gender and science; comparative body politics; genetics, ethics, and minority populations; and ethnohistory. She is the author of African American Midwifery in the South: Dialogues of Birth, Race, and Memory. Gertrude Fraser’s career has effectively combined scholarship on culture, medicine and African American communities, with action on behalf of strengthening opportunities for women, African Americans and other minorities in higher education. Her current research in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Virginia seeks to improve African American men’s knowledge about prostate cancer and their screening and treatment options. She is PI of a recently awarded NSF-ADVANCE IT five year grant for $3.16M in support of institutional initiatives to advance women faculty in STEM-SBE.