Nicholas Dirks

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Nicholas B. Dirks
10th Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 1, 2013
Preceded by Robert J. Birgeneau
Personal details
Born 1950 (age 63–64)
Illinois
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Janaki Bakhle
Alma mater University of Chicago
Wesleyan University
Profession Professor, historian, university administrator

Nicholas B. Dirks is the Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.

Early life[edit]

Dirks was born in Illinois, and grew up in New Haven, where his father, J. Edward Dirks was a professor at Yale University. When the latter received a Fulbright scholarship in 1963, the Dirks family relocated to Madras, where Nicholas' interest in Indian culture first formed. He attended Wesleyan University, from which he received a B.A. in 1972 (College of Social Studies),[1] and the University of Chicago, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1981. At the University of Chicago, he came under the influence of historical anthropologist Bernard Cohn. During this period he frequently returned for research purposes to South India.

Career[edit]

After teaching at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan, Dirks moved to Columbia in 1997, where he dramatically altered the direction of the anthropology department, championing postcolonial and multidisciplinary approaches, and making a variety of strategic appointments. He was appointed as vice president in charge of Columbia's Faculty of Arts and Sciences as of September 2004.[2]

Dirks is the author of numerous books on South Asian history and culture, primarily concerned with the impact of British colonial rule. His most famous works include The Hollow Crown: Ethnohistory of an Indian Kingdom (1987), Castes of Mind (2001), and Scandal of Empire (2006). In these works Dirks advanced research on how the character of British rule shaped the culture of the Indian subcontinent, as well as how Britain's development came to be influenced by its colonies.

In November 2012, Dirks was selected as the Chancellor-Designate of the University of California, Berkeley.[3] On November 27, 2012, the Regents of the University of California confirmed Dirks as UC Berkeley's next Chancellor.[4] He took office on June 1, 2013.[5][6]

Personal[edit]

Dirks is married to Janaki Bakhle, an associate professor of history, and director of the South Asia Institute at Columbia University.[7]

Dirks and his wife divide their time between New York City and the Southern Berkshires in Massachusetts, which Dirks has characterized as a "quiet and gentle sanctuary."

Selected works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dirks ’72, Chancellor-Designate, U.C. Berkeley, “Embraces Opportunity”, The Wesleyan Connecticut. By Cynthia Rockwell. November 15, 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  2. ^ Laura Butchy (May–June 2006). "Master Multitasker". Columbia College Today. 
  3. ^ "UC Berkeley to Pick Columbia Dean as New Chancellor". KQED. November 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  4. ^ Gautham Thomas (November 27, 2012). "Dirks Confirmed as UC Berkeley's Next Chancellor". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  5. ^ Dan Kwak (November 8, 2012). "Newly selected UC Berkeley chancellor described as strong academic". Daily Californian. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  6. ^ Berkeley Sees Dirks Claiming Place as Ivy With Public Mandate, Businessweek. By Oliver Staley. March 28, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  7. ^ Bakhle, Janaki. 2005. Two Men and Music: Nationalism in the Making of an Indian Classical Tradition, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0195166118

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