As Interim Dean of the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis, Ari Kelman provides academic and administrative leadership for the largest unit on campus. He oversees 35 departments and academic programs with more than 900 faculty across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and mathematical and physical sciences.
Kelman, Chancellor’s Leadership Professor of History, joined UC Davis in 2005. 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, the Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. 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. An elected fellow of the Society of American Historians and the recipient of a 2012 UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award, Kelman received his Ph.D. at Brown University in 1998. Download Interim Dean Kelman’s CV.
Faculty Advisor to the Dean
Professor Claire Waters, currently serving as the College's Faculty Advisor to the Dean, holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and joined the UC Davis faculty in 2001. She has also taught at the University of New Mexico and the University of Virginia. A scholar of medieval religious literature and culture, she is the author of two books from the University of Pennsylvania Press and two editions/translations of medieval texts. She received the Graduate Student Association Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students (2011) and has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. From 2015–19, she served as Associate Dean of the Faculty in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies.
Associate Dean of the Faculty in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
The College’s Associate Dean of the Faculty in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies has primary responsibility for the oversight of academic personnel and faculty affairs for faculty working within the humanities, arts and cultural studies.
With a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and having previously held faculty positions at Oberlin College and Sarah Lawrence University, Professor Elizabeth Freeman joined the UC Davis faculty in 2000. An expert in 19th-century American literature and culture and gender and sexuality studies, she is the author of three books, all from Duke University Press. Her past administrative experience includes service as Vice Chair of the UC Davis Academic Senate Graduate Council. She was the editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (2011-17) and is the recipient of major fellowships from the American Council on Learned Societies and the Mellon Foundation. Download Associate Dean Freeman’s CV.
Associate Dean of the Faculty in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The College’s Associate Dean of the Faculty in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences has primary responsibility for the oversight of academic personnel and faculty affairs for faculty working within the mathematical and physical sciences.
With a Ph.D. in Statistics from Macquarie University, and having previously held faculty positions at the University of Chicago, Colorado State University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Thomas Lee joined the UC Davis faculty in 2010. With expertise in nonparametic and semiparametric modeling and statistical learning, he was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2009 and of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2014. He is the past editor of the Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, among other professional contributions, and he previously served as Chair of the Department of Statistics. Download Associate Dean Lee’s CV.
Associate Dean of the Faculty in the Social Sciences
The College’s Associate Dean of the Faculty in the Social Sciences has primary responsibility for the oversight of academic personnel and faculty affairs for faculty working within the social sciences.
With a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and having previously held faculty positions at the University of Houston, Loyola University of Chicago, and Dartmouth College, Professor John Scott joined the UC Davis faculty in 2000. With a primary area of expertise in 18th-century political philosophy, he is the author, editor, and translator of nine books and editions. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching and Mentorship (2011) and of the Davis Graduate Student Research Mentorship Award (2011-12). Professor Scott served as Chair of the Department of Political Science (2010-17), and he was a member of the Provost’s Faculty Salary Task Force (2010-11). Download Associate Dean Scott’s CV.
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
The College’s Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies has primary responsibility for supporting and enhancing research and graduate degree programs across the College. This includes facilitating and supporting cross-departmental and cross-college research initiatives, overseeing contracts and grants, and developing mentorship programs to cultivate research expertise and collaboration among faculty.
A professor of particle and nuclear physics, Mani Tripathi joined UC Davis in 1990. His research spans investigations of fundamental particles at the Large Hadron Collider and searches for dark matter using the deep underground LUX/LZ detectors. He has been deeply involved in the development of novel instruments and electronics, including collaborative efforts with industry in the area of technology transfer. He is a 2013 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research and the founder of the California Professoriate for Access to Physics Careers. He has significant experience in research administration, both in the College and at the university level, including having served as a Faculty Assistant in the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (2013-2017) and as a member of the Administrative Coordinating Council of Deans (2013-present) and the Research Coordination Council (2014-present), among other responsibilities. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in 1986. Download Associate Dean Tripathi’s CV.