Arts & Humanities

Anthony CascardiFrom ancient times to the present day, people around the globe have raised fundamental questions about life through the arts, literature and philosophy. In the Arts & Humanities Division, 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 complexities. And discovery in the arts helps students open their imaginations to fresh perspectives on the world.

Dean Anthony Cascardi

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.

For Undergraduates:

Visit the Arts & Humanities undergraduate website to learn more about the majors, minors and other academic offerings for undergraduates, including undergraduate research and career preparation for Arts & Humanities majors.

Dean and Staff

Dean:  Anthony J. Cascardi   
Associate Dean:  Hertha D. Sweet Wong  
Associate Dean:  Kathleen Donegan    
Director of Academic Administration:  Rochelle Ford  
Academic Personnel Manager: Javier Martinez
Budget Officer:  Anna Weidman   
Assistant Dean of Development:  Carroll Christman   
Director of Development:  Karen Booth
Graduate Diversity Director:  
Alberto Ledesma   
Academic Advising Analyst: TBD
Executive Assistant to the Dean:  Andrew Susskind

Contact Information

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

Academic Departments

Art Practice Allan deSouza
Classics Kathleen McCarthy
Comparative Literature Sophie Volpp
East Asian Languages & Cultures Mark Csikszentmihalyi
English Steve Justice
Film and Media Mark Sandberg
French Nicholas Paige
German Deniz Gokturk
History of Art Whitney Davis
Italian Studies Ignacio Navarrete
Music Cindy Cox
Near Eastern Studies Francesca Rochberg
Philosophy Hannah Ginsborg
Rhetoric Daniel Boyarin
Scandinavian Karin Sanders
Slavic Languages and Literatures Eric Naiman
South & Southeast Asian Studies Jacob Dalton
Spanish & Portuguese Michael Iarocci
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Lisa Wymore


Groups & Programs in the Arts & Humanities

Group or ProgramDirector
Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology          Carlos Noreña                         
Arts Research Center Natalia Brizuela
Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion Mark Csikszentmihalyi & Jonathan Sheehan
Berkeley Language Center Richard Kern
Buddhist Studies Alexander von Rospatt
Celtic Studies Eve Sweetser
Center for Jewish Studies Ben Brinner
Center for New Music & Audio Technologies Edmund Campion
Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research Jonathan Sheehan
Dutch Studies Jeroen Dewulf
The Magnes Museum George Breslauer
Medieval Studies Emily Mackill
Romance Languages and Literature  
Townsend Center for the Humanities Timothy Hampton
Visual Resources Center

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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