University of California, San Diego



August 26, 2005

ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UCSD (including Healthcare)

Subject:    Appointment of Dean, Division of Arts and Humanities

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Professor Michael A. Bernstein has been appointed Dean of the the Division of Arts and Humanities, effective September 1, 2005.

Professor Bernstein joined the UCSD Department of History in 1987 from Princeton University, where he had been a member of the faculty since receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1982. An economic historian, Professor Bernstein is an Affiliated Faculty Member in the Department of Economics, a member of the Science Studies Program Faculty, and an Advisory Board Member of the UCSD Women's Center. He served two consecutive terms as Chair of the History Department, from 1992 - 2000, earning his colleagues' respect for his steadfast dedication to improving the excellence of the department. He served the campus as Chair of the San Diego Division of the Academic Senate during 2003-2004, when he was highly regarded as a champion of shared governance and a strong advocate of UCSD at the system-wide level.

Professor Bernstein is an accomplished and productive scholar whose achievements have been recognized by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center (as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association. His professional activities include memberships on the Executive Council of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics; the Executive Board of the California Faculty Coalition for Public Higher Education; the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic History; and various committees of the American Historical Association, the American Economic Association, the Cliometric Society, the Economic History Society, and the Organization of American Historians. Michael is a superb teacher at both the undergraduate and graduate levels whose teaching was recognized by an Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001.

Given his scholarly accomplishments, the breadth of his interdisciplinary professional activities, and his energetic engagement and experience on the UCSD campus, we are confident that Michael will be a highly capable and effective leader of the Division of Arts and Humanities. We are delighted that he has accepted this important and challenging position and hope that you will join us in offering Michael your best wishes and support.

A complete press release about this important appointment may be found at:


Marye Anne Fox

Marsha A. Chandler
Senior Vice Chancellor