Arts & Humanities

Dean Anthony J. CascardiFrom ancient times to the present day, people around the globe have raised fundamental questions about life through the arts, literature and philosophy.  In Arts & Humanities, faculty and students explore the human experience across an exceptionally broad range of subjects.

By studying the world’s languages and cultures, students expand their horizons and prepare themselves for an increasingly multicultural world. Through rigorous exploration of complex philosophical arguments, students move beyond their own assumptions toward a deeper understanding of human life and its perplexities.  And discovery in the arts helps students open their imaginations to fresh perspectives on the world.

The faculty in Arts & Humanities are leaders in their fields — both as researchers, honored worldwide for their contributions to scholarship, and as teachers who challenge students to explore the deepest questions that shape their lives and our times.

       Arts & Humanities Division
       College of Letters and Science
       101 Durant Hall
       Berkeley, CA 94720-2920
       (510) 642-5397 


Dean Cascardi and Staff


Academic Departments

Department Chair
Art History Bonnie Wade
Art Practice Allan deSouza
Classics Ellen Oliensis
Comparative Literature Miryam Sas
East Asian Languages & Cultures H. Mack Horton
English Genaro Padilla
Film and Media Kristen Whissel
French Timothy Hampton
German Deniz Göktürk
Italian Studies Barbara Spackman
Music Cindy Cox
Near Eastern Studies Carol Redmount
Philosophy John MacFarlane
Rhetoric David Bates
Scandinavian Karin Sanders
Slavic Languages and Literatures Irina Paperno
South & Southeast Asian Studies Jacob Dalton
Spanish & Portuguese Ignacio Navarrete
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Catherine Cole


Groups & Programs in the Arts & Humanities

Group or Program Director
Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology Carlos Noreña
Arts Research Center Shannon Jackson
Berkeley Language Center Richard Kern
Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center Michael Mascuch
Buddhist Studies Alexander von Rospatt
Celtic Studies Eve Sweetser (Acting)

Center for New Music & Audio Technologies

Edmund Campion (Director)

Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research Jonathan Sheehan
Dutch Studies Jeroen Dewulf
Medieval Studies Maureen Miller
Romance Languages and Literature Ignacio Navarrete
Townsend Center for the Humanities Alan Tansman


Fellowship Information for Faculty Members

The Humanities Research Fellowship and Mellon Project Grant Programs

The Humanities Research Fellowship Program provides funds to supplement the sabbatical salary for faculty members engaged in research in the humanistic disciplines or working in the creative arts. The Mellon Project Grant program is intended to support research costs for associate professors who are engaged in research in humanistic disciplines or who work in the creative arts.  Application forms are available in the fall. The application deadline is in October.

The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

Since its establishment in 1987, the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities has encouraged an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship, fostered innovation in research, and promoted intellectual conversation among individuals from the humanities and related academic disciplines.

The Center offers numerous fellowships and grants that support all levels of the university community. Fellowship opportunities for UC Berkeley faculty include the Townsend Fellowship for Assistant Professors, Associate Professor Fellowships, and the Course Threads program for undergraduates. Please visit the Townsend Center website for more information on the various grant and fellowship programs.

President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities

President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities are intended to increase the support for research available to individual faculty members in the Humanities by providing a new source of funds and, where appropriate, augmenting funds from extramural agencies and campus grants.

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