Kerstin Larsen '83 *17


Organization: Princeton University

Professional area/s: Development/Advancement

Kerstin holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Department of Philosophy. 

Leaving graduate study with “ABD” status, she began a career in fundraising, starting with a position at Columbia University in 1988.  Her tenure at Columbia was followed by roles at Fordham University, Princeton, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she was Chief Development Officer until she departed in 2010 to return to Princeton.  As Assistant Vice President at Princeton, Kerstin oversees the Fundraising Initiatives and Donor Relations groups.

Inspired by her return to campus, Kerstin reconnected with Gil Harman, who had been her dissertation adviser.  With his staunch and generous guidance, along with support from Liz Harman and numerous other faculty members, Kerstin fell back in love with her topic, reimagined her circa-1988 draft dissertation on personal identity, and was awarded her Ph.D. in 2017.