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Arts and Humanities Faculty Excellence

The second half of 2021 has brought a plethora of good news for faculty in the Division of Arts and Humanities, who are continually recognized for achievements in their fields at an international level. We acknowledge the longstanding and deep contribution our faculty and researchers provide: their expertise is groundbreaking and innovative, and plays an important role in both the division and UC San Diego. Help us celebrate these accomplishments and awards.

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Previously announced in Arts and Humanities Moments:

  • Jade Power-Sotomayor (Theatre and Dance) wins the Gertrude Lippincott Award from the Dance Studies Association for her work “Moving Borders and Dancing in Place: Son Jarocho's Speaking Bodies at the Fandango Fronterizo.”
  • Frank Biess (History) wins the Norris & Carol Hundley Award from the American Historical Association for his book “German Angst: Fear and Democracy in the Federal Republic of Germany.”


Welcome our 2021 New Faculty

New FacultyGet acquainted with the incoming faculty cohort in the Division of Arts and Humanities for the academic year 2021 – 2022. Appointed to five of our six departments after a rigorous and competitive selection process, your new faculty members reflect the foundational strengths of our division and share the professional commitment of our student-centered, research-focused and service-oriented public university.


Awards and Honors

Division of Arts and Humanities faculty members have received many prestigious awards and honors, including endowed chairs at the university. Click on each honor to view the recipients.

Pulitzer Prize / MacArthur Fellows / Guggenheim Fellows

Pulitzer Prize

MacArthur Fellows

Guggenheim Fellows

NEH Fellows / ACLS Fellows

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows

American Council of Learned Societies Fellows

Tony Award / National Humanities Medal / National Book Critics Circle Award

National Humanities Center Fellows / Ford Foundation Fellows

National Humanities Center Fellows

Ford Foundation Fellows

UC and UC San Diego Awards

UC San Diego Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

For Senate Members

For Non-Senate Members

UC San Diego Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award

UC San Diego Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer

UC San Diego Hellman Fellows

UCSD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award

UC Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award

  • 1996: Avrum Stroll, History

UC President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities

Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs are highly honored academic positions that attract and support distinguished faculty. Information on Endowed Chairs.


  • Chair in Studies in Ancient Jewish Civilizations: Mira Balberg
  • Herman Wouk Chair of Modern Jewish Studies: Deborah Hertz
  • Hwei-Chih and Julia Hsiu Endowed Chair in Chinese Studies: Karl Gerth
  • Harriet and Louis Bookheim Endowed Chair in Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages: not currently filled
  • Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Endowed Chair in Ancient Greek History: Denise Demetriou
  • Alkiviadis Vassiliadis Endowed Chair in Byzantine Greek History: Edward Watts
  • Nicholas Family Endowed Chair in Modern Greek History: Thomas Gallant
  • Frank Caylus Grandier Chair in Medieval European History: not currently filled
  • Paul G. Pickowicz Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History: Micah Muscolino




  • Valtz Family Chair in Philosophy: Richard Arneson
  • Allison Endowed Chair: currently unfilled

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