- See also Wikipedia's article about "Nicholas Dirks".
- See also Nicholas Dirks's entry in Columbia's directory.
Trained as an anthropologist and historian of South Asia, particularly concerned with southern India, Dirks came to Columbia in 1997, and radically altered the approach of the Anthropology Department toward Postcolonialism. In his role as VP for Arts and Sciences, he has gained credit for aggressively recruiting (and in some cases raiding) faculty to dramatically improve targeted departments, most notably Economics. Despite his administrative role, Dirks still published, though he rarely taught undergraduates.
He is married to professor of Indian history Janaki Bakhle.
Arts & Sciences
In his role as the Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences and as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dirks was effectively the administrative overseer of Columbia College, Continuing Education, General Studies, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, SIPA, and the School of the Arts, all of which are taught by his faculty. Therefore, the deans of all of those schools reported directly to him and he in turn reported to the Provost.
His salary as EVPAS was $500,000. 
In November 2012, news that the University of California Board of Regents awarding Nicholas Dirks a $50K pay increase over his predecessor led to an editorial by the student paper The Daily Californian which argued that the pay increase "makes a statement that he is somehow exempt from the cutbacks seen elsewhere in the university."
- Columbia College Today - Nicholas Dirks, Master Multitasker
- Dirks reminisces about long-haired kinda-hippy days
|Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Faculty
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