Gretchen Ritter, a leading expert in the history of women's constitutional rights and contemporary issues concerning democracy and citizenship in American politics, is executive dean and vice provost of The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio State’s largest college that is home to 38 academic departments and schools and more than 20 centers and institutes.

Ritter joined Ohio State in August 2019 from Cornell University, where she served as the Harold Tanner Dean of Arts and Sciences from 2013 to 2018 before returning to the faculty. Ritter was the college's first female dean. She previously served as vice provost and professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. She has also taught at MIT, Princeton and Harvard. Ritter is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including a National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship, the Radcliffe Research Partnership Award, and a Liberal Arts Fellowship at Harvard Law School. Ritter received her bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell and a doctorate in political science from MIT.