Search/Advisory Committee: Dean of the Division of Humanities

November 1, 2021

Dear Colleagues:

A search/advisory committee has been assembled and charged with identifying candidates for the next dean of the Division of Humanities.

Darnell M. Hunt, dean of the Division of Social Sciences and professor of sociology and of African American studies, is chair of the committee. Other members are:

• Ali Behdad – John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature; professor of English and of comparative literature; director of the Center for Near Eastern Studies

• David L. Blank – distinguished professor of classics and of philosophy

• Torquil Duthie – associate professor and vice chair, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

• Yogita Goyal – professor of English and of African American studies

• David D. Kim – professor and vice chair of undergraduate studies, Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies; interim faculty director, International Education Office

• Efraín Kristal – distinguished professor of comparative literature and of Spanish and Portuguese

• Norma C. Mendoza-Denton – professor of anthropology

• Bronwen Wilson – professor of art history; Edward W. Carter Chair in European Art; director, Center for 17th- and 18th- Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

Since the most effective way to identify outstanding prospective candidates is through personal contact, the committee members would very much appreciate your circulating the announcement and notifying them of any individuals you feel are exceptionally well qualified for the position. Please email inquiries, nominations and applications to

As a critical part of the search process, the search committee seeks input from the campus community on current issues and priorities that could help set the agenda for the Division of Humanities, ideal qualities and qualifications for the new dean and any other information or insight that will help guide the committee’s efforts. Please feel free to email input to or contact Traci Considine, manager of executive recruitment in the Office of the Chancellor ( All input, inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence.