|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 15, 2000
Dante Noto (510) 987-9446
UC NAMES DIRECTOR OF SYSTEMWIDE HUMANITIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
University of California President Richard C. Atkinson today (June 15) announced the
appointment of David Theo Goldberg as director of the university's systemwide Humanities
Research Institute, effective July 1.
Goldberg has been on the faculty of Arizona State University since 1990 and has been
director of its School of Justice Studies for the past five years. He is an expert on
South Africa, where he was born and raised. Goldberg is also a leading scholar in the
fields of race and racism, social and political theory, and socio-legal studies.
"The University of California is fortunate indeed to welcome David Goldberg as the
fourth director of the Humanities Research Institute," Atkinson said. "Dr.
Goldberg is an outstanding scholar whose wide range of interests will serve the
interdisciplinary mission of the Humanities Research Institute very well. He is also a
gifted administrator whose resourcefulness will help the university meet its challenges in
the coming years."
Goldberg is the author of numerous books, including Racist Culture: Philosophy and the
Politics of Meaning; Racial Subjects: Writing on Race in America; Ethical
Theory and Social Issues; and, forthcoming in 2001, The Racial State.
Among the numerous books he has edited or co-edited are Anatomy of Racism; Jewish
Identity; Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader; Between Law and Culture: The
Identities Question in Socio-Legal Studies; Race Critical Theories; Rethinking
Postcolonialism; and Companion to Gender Studies.
He is the founding co-editor of the scholarly journal Social Identities: Journal for the
Study of Race, Nation and Culture, and serves on the advisory editorial boards of six
international journals in humanities and social sciences.
Goldberg holds degrees in philosophy and economics from the University of Cape Town, South
Africa, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from City University of New York. In the immediate years
following the completion of his doctorate, he ran a small film and video production
company in New York City, Metafilms, producing and directing independent films and music
videos. He produced the first rap music video to air on MTV, Kurtis Blow's
"Basketball," in 1985.
Goldberg gave up film production in 1987 to take up a full time academic appointment. He
has taught at New York University; Hunter, Baruch, and Lehman colleges of the City
University of New York; Drexel University (Philadelphia); Oxford University; University of
Cape Town, University of the Western Cape and University of Durban-Westville; and at UC
Berkeley and UC San Diego.
Founded in 1987, the Humanities Research Institute promotes innovative scholarship in the
humanities, principally by supporting interdisciplinary, collaborative research among UC
scholars and their national and international colleagues. At the heart of its activities
are Residential Research Groups, which bring together faculty, postdoctoral scholars and
graduate students to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects in residence on the UC
Irvine campus, where the institute is based. Recent projects have focused on art history,
censorship, citizenship, criminal justice, the environment, ethics and genetic technology,
and curriculum reform.
# # #