Leadership - Office of the Dean


Dr. Tyrus Miller

Dean, School of Humanities humanitiesdean@uci.edu

Tyrus Miller is Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He brings to the position more than twenty years as an interdisciplinary scholar in the humanities; extensive administrative experience in a variety of roles from undergraduate liberal education to graduate education to institutional management; and a rich engagement with humanities research as a scholar and strategic university leader. Prior to his coming to UCI, he served as Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies and as Co-Provost of Cowell College at UC Santa Cruz, and as the Director of the UC Education Abroad Program’s Study Center in Budapest, Hungary. He earned his Ph.D. in English from Stanford University, an M.A. in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and a concurrent B.A./M.A. in Humanities from Johns Hopkins. He is an internationally recognized scholar of 20th-century art, literature, and culture, with a specialization in the innovative modernist and avant-garde literary and artistic movements of Europe and the United States. In addition, he has written extensively on the art and culture of socialist and post-socialist East-Central Europe. His publications encompass diverse but interconnected interests in literature, cultural and social theory, philosophy, film studies, and visual and performing arts.  He is author of Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, and the Arts Between the World Wars; Singular Examples: Artistic Politics and the Neo-Avant-Garde; Time Images: Alternative Temporalities in 20th-Century Theory, History, and Art; and Modernism and the Frankfurt School. He has edited Given World and Time: Temporalities in Context and A Cambridge Companion to Wyndham Lewis. He is also the translator from Hungarian and editor of György Lukács, The Culture of People’s Democracy: Hungarian Essays on Literature, Art, and Democratic Transition and series co-editor of Brill Publisher’s Lukács Library series.


Andrzej Warminski

Associate Dean for Academic Personnel ajwarmin@uci.edu

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.


Yong Chen

Associate Dean for Curriculum and Student Services y3chen@uci.edu

Yong Chen is Professor of History and Chancellor’s Fellow at UCI, where he served as the Associate Dean in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (1999-2004).  He is the author of Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America (Columbia University Press, 2014); Chinese San Francisco 1850-1943 (Stanford, 2000) and The Chinese in San Francisco (Peking University Press, 2009), and co-editor of New Perspectives on American History (Hebei People’s Publishing House, 2010).  He was also the co-curator of “‘Have You Eaten Yet?’: The Chinese Restaurant in America” in Atwater Kent Museum, Philadelphia (2006), and the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, New York City (2004–05).  He serves on the National Landmarks Committee of the advisory board of the National Park Service of the United States.


Julia R. Lupton

Associate Dean for Research jrlupton@uci.edu

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.


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.


Donna Luebbe

Executive Assistant dluebbe@uci.edu

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.