Appointment of David Schaberg as Dean of Division of Humanities

June 29, 2012

UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

To:  Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Faculty and Staff in the Division of Humanities, and Vice Chancellors

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of David Schaberg as Dean of the Division of Humanities, effective July 1, 2012.

A member of the Asian Languages and Cultures faculty since 1996, David served as chair of the department from May 2009 through September 2011. He also served as co-director of the Center for Chinese Studies from 2005 to 2011 and chair of the East Asian Studies interdepartmental and masters programs from 2004 to 2009. Since September 2011, David has served as interim dean of the Division of Humanities.

David has published articles on early Chinese literature, historiography and thought, as well as Greek–Chinese comparative issues, focusing more recently on the history of oratory in early China. He is the author of A Patterned Past: Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography, which was awarded the 2003 Levenson Prize for Books in Chinese Studies (pre-1900 category), and a contributor to a new translation of China’s first great historical work, The Zuo Tradition, to be published by the University of Washington Press. He is a member of the Association for Asian Studies, the American Oriental Society, the Society for the Study of Early China and the Modern Language Association, and he has lectured at a number of overseas institutions including Cambridge, Oxford, Fudan, National Taiwan, Shanghai and Suzhou universities; and domestically at Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington and Yale.

David holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University and a B.A. in comparative literature from Stanford University. He also studied Chinese literature at National Taiwan University from 1986 to 1988.

I want to thank the search/advisory committee for assembling an outstanding pool of candidates and for its role in recruiting David. The committee was chaired by Christopher Waterman, dean of the School of the Arts and Architecture. Other members were Carol Bakhos, associate professor of Jewish studies and acting chair of the Study of Religion program; David Blank, professor and chair of the department of classics; Barbara Fuchs, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, professor of English, director of the Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies and director of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library; Andrew Heyward, partner /co-president, A Squared Entertainment; Anoop Mahajan, professor and chair of the department of linguistics; Felicity Nussbaum, distinguished professor of English; Jenny Sharpe, professor and chair of the department of women’s studies and professor of English and comparative literature; Seana Shiffrin, professor of philosophy and Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice; Shu-mei Shih, professor of comparative literature, Asian languages and cultures, and Asian American studies; Zrinka Stahuljak, associate professor of French and Francophone studies; and Timothy Taylor, professor of ethnomusicology and musicology.

I also want to expressly thank David for his service as acting dean during the past academic year. I look forward to his continued leadership, confident that the division will continue to thrive under his capable direction. Please join me in congratulating David and in welcoming him to his new permanent position.


Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost