Nicholas B. Dirks
University of California, Berkeley
Public Affairs, Business, and Administration
Educational and Academic Leadership
Appointed the tenth chancellor of University of California, Berkeley, in 2013. Prior to Berkeley, served as executive vice president and dean of the faculty at Columbia University where he rebuilt and diversified departments across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, while expanding interdisciplinary and international programs. Before that he chaired the department of anthropology, championing cross-departmental and postcolonial approaches. Author of books on South Asian history and culture, primarily concerned with the impact of British colonial rule including The Hollow Crown: Ethnohistory of an Indian Kingdom (1987), Castes of Mind (2001), and Scandal of Empire(2006). Works examine how the character of British rule shaped the Indian subcontinent to come, as well as how Britain's development came to be influenced by its colonies. Current projects concern the last years of British rule in India and the growing role of the United States in South Asia, as well as the global and technological environment for higher education in the century ahead.