Shaun Bowler Named Interim Dean

Political scientist to lead College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Shaun Bowler

Shaun Bowler has been appointed dean of the Graduate Division effective July 1, 2017. ucr file

RIVERSIDE, Calif. − UC Riverside Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri today named Shaun Bowler, a distinguished professor of political science, Interim Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) beginning November 1.

Professor Bowler joined the UCR faculty in 1989, and currently serves as Associate Dean for Social Sciences in CHASS.

He follows Stephen Cullenberg, who will bestepping down after eight years as deanof UCR’s largest college, made up of 373 instructional faculty, including 277 tenure track professors.

“On behalf of the UCR community, I want to thank Steve for his dedicated service to CHASS and to the University,” said D’Anieri. “He helped steer the College through a most difficult period as the campus faced the recent recession and state funding crisis.” D’Anieri noted Cullenberg’s passion for the academic mission, his commitment to the faculty and staff, his love of UCR athletics, and his success in hiring outstanding faculty.

D’Anieri said the search for a permanent dean will begin soon, with the goal of having a new leader by summer, 2015. “Professor Bowler has stated that he will not be a candidate,” D’Anieri said. This will assist recruitment in conducting a national search for the permanent CHASS Dean position.

Bowler’s academic career has focused on the workings of representative democracy in a wide variety of settings. Recent work includes a study of the political engagement of minorities in the US in “The Future is Ours: Minority Politics, Political Behavior”with Stanford’s Gary Segura. Other work includes studies of the initiative process in his book “Demanding Choices” (U of Michigan press) and on political reform in “The Limits of Electoral Reform(Oxford) both of which were co-authored with UCR graduate Todd Donovan.

“Being interim dean is a temporary assignment for me but it promises to be an exciting one,” Bowler said. “I’ve always been very proud to be a part of UCR and CHASS and what we do here. We have a great faculty, a great student body and terrific staff, but now is an especially rewarding time to be here. We are a major research university poised for significant growth and we will become not just bigger, but even better than we are at present. It will be fun to be a part of that even for a brief time.”

Bowler earned his bachelor’s degree in 1979 at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth; his master’s degree in 1982 at the University of Essex; and his Ph.D. in 1988 at Washington University in St. Louis.

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