Nicholas B. Dirks

Nicholas B. Dirks is Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Berkeley, he served as Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Columbia University, where, in addition to his work on behalf of undergraduate programs, he improved and diversified the faculty, putting special emphasis on interdisciplinary and international initiatives. He also served as chair of the anthropology department at Columbia. Prior to his appointment at Columbia, he was a professor of history and anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the author of several books on South Asian history and culture and the impact of British colonial rule, including “The Hollow Crown: Ethnohistory of an Indian Kingdom,” “Castes of Mind,” and “Scandal of Empire.” He published a new volume of essays on a wide range of topics in his latest book, “Autobiography of an Archive.” His 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. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014.