SPJ Headshot 2014Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts + Design

Director, Arts Research Center

Shannon Jackson
Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design
Cyrus Hadidi Chair in the Arts and Humanities
Professor of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies and Rhetoric

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Shannon Jackson is the Cyrus Hadidi Chair in the Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is Professor of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. Most recently, she has been appointed to be UC Berkeley’s first Associate Vice Chancellor of Arts and Design, with a charge to advance and expand the campus’s commitment to the arts.

Shannon’s most recent books are The Builders Association: Media and Performance in Contemporary Theater and Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics; her previous books include Lines of Activity and Professing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity. Shannon has received numerous awards, including a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lilla Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Performance Studies (NCA), the ATHE Best Book Award, and the Arts and Humanities Outstanding Service Award.


Director of Organizational Strategy, Arts + Design Initiative

Susan Miller
(510) 664-4003

Susan Miller is a seasoned arts and academic professional who has held key posts in numerous presenting institutions, universities, and non-profit cultural centers. She brings deep experience in organizational development, planning, fiscal management and community engagement, and a commitment to public education in her new appointment with us at the Arts + Design Initiative. Since 2008, she has developed four interdisciplinary campus research groups: the Berkeley Center for New Media, the Berkeley Center for Study of Religion, the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research, and The Program in Critical Theory. Read more here.


Associate Director, Arts Research Center

Lauren Pearson
(510) 642-4268

Lauren Pearson received her B.A. from New York University, and her M.A. from University College, London, both in the History of Art. Over the past thirteen years, she has held a variety of posts as a curator and arts administrator. Lauren has served as the Communications Director for The Armory Show, managing all aspects of its communication and public relations in New York as well as for The Armory’s “Art Platform” in Los Angeles. Most recently, Lauren was the Associate Director of the Arts Initiative at Columbia University, a platform developed to integrate arts activities and to foster new artistic collaborations throughout the Columbia campus.  Her personal research focuses on ecology and contemporary art, and the visual culture of frontierism/exploration. 



Executive Assistant, Arts + Design Initiative

Amber Fogarty
510. 642. 7784


Student Staff

Lyndsey Ogle
Graduate Student Researcher, Arts + Design Initiative

Tonika Sealy-Thompson
Graduate Student Researcher, Arts Research Center 

Kyle Ludowitz
Graduate Student Photographer, Arts + Design Initiative

Maharani Lumban-Gaol
Workstudy, Marketing and Programs, Arts Research Center 

Nicole Duong
Media Fellow, Arts Research Center