Ari Kelman

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Position Title
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Academic Programs

Associate Deans


The College’s Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Academic Programs has primary responsibility for providing leadership for sustaining and enhancing the quality and caliber of undergraduate academic programs and undergraduate learning experiences across the College of Letters and Science.

Chancellor’s Leadership Professor of History Ari Kelman joined UC Davis in 2005. He is the author of Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (Hill and Wang, 2015), A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek (Harvard, 2015), and A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans (UC Press, 2003). His books have been recognized nationally, and he is the recipient of the Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award, the Avery O. Craven Award, the Bancroft Prize, the Tom Watson Brown Book Award, the Robert M. Utley Prize and the Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize. Kelman’s essays and articles have appeared in Slate, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, Journal of Urban History, The Journal of American History, and many others. He has previously served as Associate Vice Provost and Director of University Honors (2013-14). The recipient of a 2012 UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award, he received his Ph.D. at Brown University in 1998.