Nicholas Dirks

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Nick Dirks; photo from the front page of CCT

Nicholas B. Dirks was the Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences and Dean of that same faculty, the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology, and a Professor of History.

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.

In November 2012, he announced he would step down from his position as EVP to become Chancellor (aka President) at Berkeley.

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. [1]

Berkeley Chancellor

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."[2]

In April 2013, the School of General Studies announced that Dirks would be its Class Day speaker.[3]

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Preceded by
Ira Katznelson
Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Faculty 
Succeeded by
David Madigan

Preceded by
Thomas Reardon
GS Class Day Speaker 
Succeeded by