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Van Den AbbeeleDr. Georges Van Den Abbeele, Dean, School of Humanities
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Georges Van Den Abbeele is Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of California at Irvine. He has previously served as dean at Northeastern University in Boston and at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has also taught at Berkeley, Davis, Miami and Harvard universities. A native of Belgium, he earned a bachelor's degree from Reed College and the Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is the author of Travel as Metaphor, co-editor of Community at Loose Ends, A World of Fables and French Civilization and its Discontents. He has also published over fifty articles on travel narrative, critical theory, and Renaissance literature. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and recipient of the Blaise Pascal medal.
WarminskiAndrzej Warminski, Associate Dean for Academic Personnel
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Professor of English Andrzej Warminski works on literary theory and its history, British romantic literature, German 19th and 20th century philosophy, and its reception in French thought. Most recently he has published two volumes of essays: Material Inscriptions: Rhetorical Reading in Practice and Theory (2013) and Ideology, Rhetoric, Aesthetics: For De Man (2013). At present, he is writing a book on crucial moments in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and their implications for current theoretical debates. Before coming to UCI, he taught at Northwestern University and Yale University. Born in Gdańsk, Poland, Warminski earned his bachelor’s degree at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Yale University.
HerbertJames D. Herbert, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Student Services
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James D. Herbert is Professor of Art History, and co-founder of the Ph.D. Program in Visual Studies. He has been a member of the faculty at UCI since 1993. He writes on European art and music from the 16th century to the present, with a special focus on French painting of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has published four books: Fauve Painting: The Making of Cultural Politics (1992); Paris 1937: Worlds on Exhibition (1998); Our Distance from God: Studies of the Divine and the Mundane in Western Art and Music (2008); and Brushstroke & Emergence: Courbet, Impressionism, Picasso (2015).
LuptonJulia R. Lupton, Associate Dean for Research
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Julia Reinhard Lupton is the author or co-author of four books on Shakespeare, including Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life and Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology. She is the recipient of Guggenheim and ACLA Fellowships, and she is a Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America. She serves on editorial boards for several academic presses, including MLQ, Exemplaria, Literature and Theology, and Renaissance Drama. She is an award-winning teacher who contributes frequently to community events. In addition to Shakespeare, she works on design and design theory and has published two trade books with her sister, graphic designer Ellen Lupton. In the School of Humanities, she has previously served as Director of Humanities Core, Director of Jewish Studies, and Director of Humanities Out There. She has taught at UCI since 1989.
PortilloPenny Portillo, Assistant Dean
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Penny Portillo is responsible for planning, operations, and resource management for the School of Humanities, involving all of its instructional, research and administrative functions. She came to the dean’s office after leading the school’s Office of Undergraduate Study for seven years. Prior to joining UCI, Penny held management positions in the software industry and, subsequently, in international education at UC Santa Cruz. An undergraduate alumna of UCI, she holds two advanced degrees from Stanford University--a MA in Education and a MBA.
LuebbeDonna Luebbe, Executive Assistant
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Donna Luebbe joined the School of Humanities in December 2013 and is currently Executive Assistant, where she provides administrative support to the Dean, School of Humanities. Donna began her career at UCI as Executive Assistant to the Office of Campus Counsel in 2012. Prior to joining UCI, Donna worked in the private sector and received her certification in Business at Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, Massachusetts.