Academic Staff

Name Job Title Phone Email
George Blumenthal  Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education (510) 644-7834
Josefina Castillo Baltodano Founder and Executive Director, Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Research Associate – External Relations of the CSHE (510) 642-4343

John Aubrey Douglass Senior Research Fellow (510) 643-9211
Igor Chirikov SERU Consortium Director and Senior Researcher (510) 642-5418

Administrative Staff

Name Job Title Phone Email
Helena Brykarz
Center Manager (510) 642-7703
Samantha Rushing Program Administrator & Executive Assistant, Executive Leadership Academy (510) 643-9212
Gemma Givens

Events & Communication Specialist

(510) 642-0573

Research Associates

Name Job title Department Role Research interests
Zach Bleemer Research Associate and PhD Candidate in Economics Research Associate

Long-run student outcomes of post-secondary educational policies and decisions

Tongshan Chang Senior Researcher - SERU Consortium, UCOP Research Associate
Rahul Choudaha Senior Researcher - SERU Consortium Research Associate
Karin Fischer Research Associate ROPS Editor and Series Director Research Associate
Grace Ufuk Taneri Research Associate - Research University Going Global Research Associate
Margaret Heisel Senior Associate Research Associate
Cécile Hoareau Research Associate - Research University Going Global Research Associate

Higher education, comparison of national systems, internationalisation, European higher education 

Olena Horner Research Associate - SERU Consortium, University of Minnesota Research Associate
Ronald L. Huesman Principal Researcher - SERU Consortium, University of Minnesota Research Associate
James A. Hyatt, M.B.A. Senior Research Associate, Vice Chancellor for Budget & Finance and CFO Emeritus, Former Associate Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley ELA Faculty, Research Associate
Anne MacLachlan Research Associate and Visiting Scholars Coordinator Research Associate
Ellen Switkes Senior Associate Research Associate
Gregg Thomson Principal Researcher - SERU Consortium Research Associate
Daniel Jones White Principal Researcher and SERU North American Division Managing Director - SERU Consortium, University of Minnesota Research Associate


Name Job title Role Research interests
Dorothy Leland, Ph.D. Chancellor, University of California, Merced – Merced, California; Former President, Georgia College and State University – Milledgeville, Georgia Associates, ELA Advisory Board
Richard J. Edelstein Senior Research Associate Associates

International strategies of universities, branch campuses, global competence or citizenship myth or reality?, foreign language study and the undergraduate curriculum, universities as organizations

Marian Gade Former CSHE Deputy Director, Clark Kerr Associate Associates
Saul Geiser Senior Associate Associates
Diane Harley, Ph.D. Retired Senior Researcher Associates
Karen Merritt Senior Associate University History Associates
Brian Murphy President Emeritus De Anza College Associates
Patricia A. Pelfrey Senior Research Associate Emerita Associates
Xia Teng Former Senior Associate for the Berkeley Institute on Higher Education Associates
Ami Zusman Former Coordinator of Graduate Education Planning & Analysis, University of California system, UCOP Associates

Graduate education, University of California, higher education policy, state policy and politics in higher education

Affiliated Faculty

Name Job title Department Role Research interests
Richard C. Atkinson Affiliated Faculty
Bill Lacy Professor of Sociology Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis Affiliated Faculty

Sociology of science, organization and structure of agricultural research and extension (U.S. and international), social psychology of education and outreach, international research and higher education policy and practices

Steven G. Brint SERU Principal Researcher; Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy Sociology and Public Policy Affiliated Faculty

The U.S. Graduate Student Experience; Graduate Education and Social Stratification; The Educational Backgrounds of Business, Political, and Cultural Leaders; Science Policy in the U.S. and China

Carol Christ Chancellor, University of California Berkeley and former CSHE Director Affiliated Faculty
Charlie Eaton Assistant Professor, Sociology, UC Merced Affiliated Faculty

Economic sociology, political sociology, organizations, education, stratification and inequality, healthcare, public policy

Paula Fass Professor Emerita, History, UC Berkeley Affiliated Faculty
Cristina González Professor Emerita, School of Education & Department of Spanish, UC Davis Affiliated Faculty

History of the University of California; history of higher education; Education Policy and Governance; Educational Leadership; Diversity issues; Hispanic culture

M.R.C. Greenwood President Emerita, University of Hawaii; Chancellor Emerita, UC Santa Cruz; Distinguished Professor, Emerita, UC Davis Affiliated Faculty
Wyatt R. (Rory) Hume Former Provost and Executive Vice President, University of California Affiliated Faculty

Health Science Education

Janet Holmgren, Ph.D. President Emerita, Mills College – Oakland, California; Senior Vice President for Strategic Advancement, University Now – San Francisco, California Affiliated Faculty, ELA Faculty
C. Judson King, Sc.D. Former CSHE Director; Provost and Sr. Vice President, Emeritus - university-wide; and Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Affiliated Faculty, ELA Advisory Board

Scholarly Communication; UC Structure and Functions

Gary Matkin Dean of Continuing Education, University of California, Irvine Affiliated Faculty
Robert C. May Distinguished Professor of Philosophy & Linguistics/Dept of Philosophy, UC Davis Affiliated Faculty

Philosophy of language, philosophy of logic, history of early analytic philosophy, theoretical linguistics, academic freedom

Michael Nacht Former Interim CSHE Director Affiliated Faculty
Christine Musselin Affiliated Faculty
Maresi Nerad SERU Senior Researcher, Professor Emerita, Higher Education, University of Washington, Seattle Affiliated Faculty
Karl S. Pister Chancellor Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz and Former Director, CSHE Affiliated Faculty
Sheldon Rothblatt Professor Emeritus, History, UC Berkeley Affiliated Faculty

Modern British and European history and the comparative history of universities

Maria Veronica Santelices Affiliated Faculty, Visiting Scholar

Educational measurement and educational policy

Robert Shireman Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation Affiliated Faculty

History of the sector and control distinctions in American higher education and comparisons to other countries.

Marijk Van der Wende Professor of Higher Education, Utrecht University Affiliated Faculty