VPAA Biography

Acting VPAA Martin Berger on the UCSC campus

Martin A. Berger, Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture, is the Acting Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and Campus Diversity Officer for Faculty.

As Acting VPAA, Berger provides administrative leadership in key academic areas, including program development and review, resource allocation, leadership development, accreditation, administrative processes, and faculty policy. He also oversees the UCSC Arboretum and serves as the campus’s chief diversity officer for faculty — helping promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at UCSC.

Berger has previously served as chair of the History of Art and Visual Culture Department, the founding Director of the Visual Studies Ph.D. program, and as both Associate and Acting Dean of the Arts Division. He received his B.A. in English and Art History from Wesleyan University and Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University.

Berger has held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution, Stanford Humanities Center, and National Humanities Center. He is the author of three books and an exhibition catalog: Man Made: Thomas Eakins and the Construction of Gilded Age Manhood (2000), Sight Unseen: Whiteness in American Visual Culture (2005), Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography (2011), and Freedom Now! Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle.