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Todd Presner set to begin new role as advisor to vice chancellor for research

Todd Presner

Todd Presner

Todd Presner, the Michael and Irene Ross Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature, has been named an advisor to Roger Wakimoto, UCLA’s vice chancellor for research, effective July 1. Presner, who will serve in this role for up to two years, is also chair of the digital humanities program.

In this new role, Presner will serve as a liaison between Wakimoto’s office and north campus. While the advisor role is new and will evolve during his tenure, 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, Wakimoto said.

In addition, Presner, who is a co-principle 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 begins on July 1, at which time Presner will step down as director of the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, a position he has held since 2011.   

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