|Dr. 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.
|Glen Mimura, Associate Dean for Graduate Study|
Professor Mimura's research examines the complex, dynamic and uneven relations between media, social movements and popular culture. His book, Ghostlife of Third Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), brings together two concerns: 1) the history of Asian American media arts since the late 1960s in the late Cold War and post-Cold War contexts of nationalism and globalization; and 2) the recent history of film and cultural theory at the interface of Marxism and poststructuralism. Professor Mimura's current research examines post-civil rights formations of race and sexuality, and their articulations in popular culture, consumer capitalism and social space.
|Sharon Block, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Study|
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Professor Blockís first book was on Rape and Sexual Power in Early America (2006) and has co-edited Major Problems in American Womenís History (2013). Other publications focus on data mining for humanities research, and Blockís current project explores eighteenth-century constructions of gender, race and sexuality in colonistsí descriptions of the people around them. She has held administrative positions as Director of a UC Study Center (Australia), ADVANCE Advisor (School of Humanities) and Director of Graduate Studies (History Department). Beyond regular teaching, she has worked with undergraduates in Freshman and Transfer seminars, the UC-HBCU Fellowship program, and with the EducationUSA program through the (Melbourne, Australia) U.S. Consulate.
|Penny 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 deanís office after leading the schoolís 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.
|Casey Sakasegawa Wong, Executive Assistant|
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