Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks

Nicholas B. Dirks became the 10th Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley on June 1, 2013. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education and well-known for his commitment to and advocacy for accessible, high-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, to the globalization of the university, and to innovation across the disciplines as well as in applied and basic fields.

Before coming to Berkeley, Dirks was the executive vice president for the arts and sciences and dean of the faculty, as well as the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History, at Columbia University.

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