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.

COVID-19 Resource:

Interacting with Berkeley luminaries has never been easier. Arts and Ideas Live Online brings the best of the Division of Arts & Humanities home to you. As a participant in these curated events, you can watch, listen, and engage with leaders from across the Division as they share their work.

Arts and Ideas is an initiative of the Dean’s Office in partnership with Berkeley Arts + Design, the Arts Research Center (ARC), the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA), the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) and many others. A full calendar of events is available at

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    
Assistant Dean for Academic Administration:  Rochelle Ford  
Academic Personnel Manager: Javier Martinez
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration Anna Weidman   
Assistant Dean of Development:  Lynnette Teti 
Director of Development:  Karen Booth
Director of Development:  Deborah Banks
Assistant Director of Development: Andre Wilkins
Graduate Diversity Director:  
Alberto Ledesma   
Academic Advising Analyst: vacant
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) 642-3331

Academic Departments

Art Practice Allan deSouza
Classics Ellen Oliensis
Comparative Literature Niklaus Largier
East Asian Languages & Cultures Andrew F. Jones
English Steven Justice
Film and Media Jeffrey Knapp
French Nicholas Paige
German Karen Feldman
History of Art Gregory Levine
Italian Studies Mia Fuller
Music David Milnes
Near Eastern Studies Francesca Rochberg
Philosophy Niko Kolodny
Rhetoric Michael Mascuch
Scandinavian Jonas Wellendorf
Slavic Languages and Literatures Luba Golburt
South & Southeast Asian Studies Paula Varsano
Spanish & Portuguese Michael Iarocci
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Joe Goode


Groups & Programs in the Arts & Humanities

Group or ProgramDirector
Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology          Emily Mackil                   
Arts Research Center Julia Bryan-Wilson
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 John Efron
Center for New Music & Audio Technologies Edmund Campion
Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research Jonathan Sheehan
Dutch Studies Jeroen Dewulf
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life Benjamin Brinner (interim)
Medieval Studies Jonas Wellendorf
Romance Languages and Literature  Richard Kern
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 September.

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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