Arts & Humanities Divisional Leadership

Arts & Humanities

From 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.

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.

Dean Anthony J Cascardi is in focus, he is standing in front of a blurry canopy of green trees

Dean Anthony J Cascardi

Contact Information 

Arts & Humanities Division
College of Letters and Science
101 Durant Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2920
(510) 642-3331

Divisional Leadership


Anthony J Cascardi 

Associate Deans

Hertha D. Sweet Wong  
Kathleen Donegan

Academic Administration

Rochelle Ford, Assistant Dean

Javier MartinezAcademic Personnel Manager

Jessica Rojas, Academic Personnel Manager


Lynnette Teti, Assistant Dean

Deborah Banks, Director of Development

Karen Booth, Director of Development

Andre Wilkins, Assistant Director of Development

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Alberto Ledesma, Assistant Dean

Diana Acidera, Program Manager

Finance and Administration

Anna Weidman, Assistant Dean

Andrew Susskind, Executive Assistant to the Dean

Kris LeonardoBudget Director & Divisional Finance Leader

Academic Department Leadership

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

Group & Program Leadership

Group or ProgramDirector
Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology          Emily Mackil                   
Arts Research Center Julia Bryan-Wilson
Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion David Marno & Karen Barkey
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  Mia Fuller
Townsend Center for the Humanities Timothy Hampton