Todd Presner, the Michael and Irene Ross Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature, became an advisor to the Vice Chancellor for Research as of July 1, 2018. Presner will serve in this role for up to two years, and is also chair of the digital humanities program.
In this role, Presner serves as a liaison between the VCR’s office and north campus. Topics that are expected to be included in Presner’s portfolio include fostering collaborative, transdisciplinary research and creative activities, increasing the capacity of such activities, advising on the development of computational research infrastructure and experimental laboratory spaces for north campus disciplines and becoming more involved in advocacy for national funding for the humanities and arts through Federal Relations.
In addition, Presner, who is a co-principal investigator on UCLA’s urban humanities initiative, has been appointed associate dean of digital innovation by David Schaberg, dean of the humanities division in the UCLA College. This role also began on July 1, 2018, at which time Presner stepped down as director of the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, a position he has held since 2011.