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 Sara Guyer

Dean Sara Guyer

Contact Information 

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

Divisional Leadership


Sara Guyer 

Associate Deans

Karl Britto
Michael Iarocci

Academic Personnel

Rochelle Niccolls, Assistant Dean

Javier MartinezAcademic Personnel Manager

Jessica Rojas, Academic Personnel Manager


Jesse Antin, Director of Development

Rose Hsu, Director of Development

Rebecca Ricksen, Associate Director of Development

Jennifer Monahan, Assistant Director of External Relations

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Alberto Ledesma, Assistant Dean

Maria Faini, Program Manager

Finance and Administration

Les Gorske, Assistant Dean

Kris LeonardoBudget Director & Divisional Finance Leader

Divisional Programs and Communications

Sarah Fullerton, Director of Communications

Emily Rabiner, Communications and Student Engagement Coordinator 

Aaron Fai, Public Humanities Project Advisor

Academic Department Leadership

Ancient Greek & Roman Studies Dylan Sailor
Art Practice Ronald Rael
Comparative Literature Niklaus Largier
East Asian Languages & Cultures Robert Ashmore
English Eric Falci
Film and Media Mary Ann Doane
French Richard Kern
German Karen Feldman
History of Art Gregory Levine
Italian Studies Mia Fuller
Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures Wali Ahmadi
Music David Milnes
Philosophy Alva Noë
Rhetoric James Porter
Scandinavian Jonas Wellendorf
Slavic Languages and Literatures Luba Golburt
South & Southeast Asian Studies Paula Varsano
Spanish & Portuguese Estelle Tarica
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies SanSan Kwan

Group & Program Leadership

Group or ProgramDirector
Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology         

Fall: Emily Mackil

Spring: Kim Shelton     

Arts Research Center

Beth Piatote

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion David Marno & Carolyn Chen
Berkeley Language Center Richard Kern
Buddhist Studies Robert Sharf
Celtic Studies Eve Sweetser
Center for Jewish Studies John Efron
Center for New Music & Audio Technologies Edmund Campion
Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research Debarati Sanyal
Dutch Studies Jeroen Dewulf
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life John Efron (interim)
Medieval Studies Executive Committee
Romance Languages and Literature  Mia Fuller
Townsend Center for the Humanities Stephen Best