Curriculum Vitae

Current Positions

Dean of Arts and Humanities, UC Berkeley
Sidney and Margaret Ancker Distinguished Professor in Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, and Spanish, UC Berkeley


Ph.D., Harvard University, Romance Languages and Literatures, with distinction, 1980
M.A., Harvard University, Romance Languages and Literatures, 1977
B.A, Princeton University, summa cum laude, 1975


Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Rhetoric, UC, Berkeley, (1991-present) 
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in the Humanities, 1998-2004
Sidney and Margaret Ancker Chair, 2004-
Associate Professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Rhetoric, UC, Berkeley (1986-91)
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, UC, Berkeley (1980-86).


Dean of Arts and Humanities, 2011-

Director, Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley, 2006-2011
Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities, UC Berkeley, 2005-06
Director, Consortium for the Arts, UC Berkeley, 2004-06
Director, Art Research Center, UC Berkeley, 2004-06
Chair, Department of Comparative Literature, 1998-2002
Director, Berkeley Summer Research Seminars, 1996-2000
Chair, Department of Rhetoric, U.C. Berkeley, 1993-1998
Divisional Council, Academic Senate, UC Berkeley, 2004-05
Space Allocations and Capital Improvements Committee, U.C. Berkeley, 1996-7
Arts and Humanities Area Council, U.C. Berkeley, 1993-2002
Executive Committee, College of Letters and Science, U.C. Berkeley, 1990-1993
Convener, Faculty Working Group in Philosophy and Literature, U.C. Berkeley, 1987-1990
President’s Humanities Initiative Fellowships Committee, Office of the President, U.C.
Vice-Chairman and Head Graduate Advisor in Comparative Literature, UCB, (1986-88)
Chair, Graduate Program Committee in Comp. Lit. (program revision), 1986-87
Undergraduate Advisor, Comp. Lit., UC Berkeley (1982-85)


Board of Trustees, Berkeley Art Museum Board and Pacific Film Archive, 2004-2010
Board of Trustees, Cal Performances, 2005-2007
Berkeley Art Museum Faculty Advisory Board, 2004-07
CITRIS Advisory Board, 2005-06
International Association for Aesthetics: Vice-President, 2004-08; Executive Committee, 2008-10Board of Directors, Council of Humanities Centers and Institutes, 2009-2012Executive Committee, Renaissance Society of America, 2013-15


Gorgan Prize, Renaissance Society of America award for Best Book for Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics, 2015Visiting Professor, Primorska University (Koper, Slovenia), May, 2008
Fulbright Fellowship, 2004; Haas Family Fund ArtsBridge Grant, 2004-05
Visiting Scholar, University of Copenhagen, Spring, 2002
Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities (Publication Grant, 1996)
Co-Director, NEH Summer Institute on Ethics and Aesthetics (1993)
Fellow, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, U.C. Berkeley (1991-92)
Gaspar de Portola Visiting Lecturer, University of Barcelona (December, 1991)
American Cultures Institute Fellow, U.C. Berkeley (Summer, 1991)
Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities (Research Grant, 1991)
Council on Educational Development (C.E.D.) grant, U.C. Berkeley (1989-90)
U.S. Delegate, XIth International Congress of Aesthetics (1988)
Choice prize (“Outstanding Academic Book”) for Literature and the Question of Philosophy Andrew Mellon Foundation Publication Award for The Bounds of Reason (1986)
Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (UTE) Grant, U.C. Berkeley (Fall, 1984)
Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Edinburgh (Spring, 1984)
Faculty Career Development Award, University of California, Berkeley (1984)
Faculty Visitor, Magdalen College, Oxford University (Spring, 1984)
Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (1983)
Fellow, Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities, (1982, declined)
Harvard University Traveling Fellowship (1978)
Latin American Studies Thesis Prize, Princeton University (1975)
Romance Languages Thesis Prize, Princeton University (1975)


Founder and Academic Editor, Penn State Studies in Philosophy and Literature, 1990-2015

Core Faculty Member, Arts Research Center (O.R.U.), U.C. Berkeley
Co-Director, “Art and Aesthetics After Adorno” Conference, UC Berkeley, 2001
Co-Editor, Cambridge University Press series “Literature, Culture, Theory” (1998-2000)
Conference Director, “Passions, Persons, Powers,” UC Berkeley, May, 1993
Woodrow Wilson Foundation Mellon Fellowships, Representative, 1982-1988
Editorial Advisory Board, PMLA, 2000-2004
Conference Director, Philosophy and Literature Conference (Berkeley, 1992)
Executive Committee, Cervantes Society of America (former)
Executive Committee, International Association of Philosophy and Literature (former)
Editorial Boards: Philosophy and Literature; Ciberletras; Literatura Española Comparada / Spanish Comparative Literature; Subject Matters (London), The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford); Oxford Studies in Philosophy and Literature

Reviews, Review Committees, and Consultant for:

UCLA, Department of English; Smith College, Department of Spanish; University of Denver, Department of English; University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Spanish; Williams College, Department of Romance Languages; SUNY Stony Brook, Department of Spanish; University of California, Riverside, Dept. of Spanish; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Department of English; Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, University of California Press, University Press of New England, University of Chicago Press, SUNY Press, University of Miani, The Newberry Library, Penn State Press, Cambridge University Press, Kluwer Publishing Group (Amsterdam), PMLA, University of Minnesota Press, Yale University Press, “The History Channel,” KQED “Forum” with Michael Krasny, Slovenian National Broadcasting, Issrael Science Foundation, Flanders Research Foundation (FWO), “Discovery News”