Ari Kelman

Position Title
Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost
Member of the Next Generation Campus Safety Task Force


As Interim Dean of the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis, Ari Kelman (he/him) 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.

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