Howard Gillman, Ph.D., became UC Irvine’s sixth chancellor on Sept. 18, 2014. He had previously served as provost and executive vice chancellor since June 2013 and interim chancellor since July 1, 2014.
An award-winning scholar and teacher, he has academic appointments in the departments of law, political science, and history. Among his books areThe Constitution Besieged: The Rise and Demise of Lochner Era Police Powers Jurisprudence (Duke 1993), The Votes That Counted: How the Court Decided the 2000 Presidential Election (Chicago 2001), and American Constitutionalism (with Mark Graber and Keith Whittington). He has also co-edited two other volumes and authored more than 40 articles and book chapters. He has received many awards for his scholarship, and for teaching excellence and dedication to students.
Prior to his appointment as provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Irvine, Dr. Gillman was a professor of political science, history, and law at the University of Southern California. From 2007 to 2012, he served as dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
A native of Southern California, Dr. Gillman grew up in North Hollywood and was a first-generation college student. He earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in political science at UCLA. His wife, Ellen, earned a bachelor's degree at UC San Diego and a master's and doctorate in psychology at UCLA. They have two children.
The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University of California, Irvine, and is responsible to the president of the University of California. Within the scope of UC policy, the chancellor exercises broad authority over and is responsible for all aspects of campus administration. Working in close collaboration with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and community leaders, as well as with the president and leadership of UC, the chancellor inspires and guides the campus’s advancement as one of the premier research universities in the nation and a vital resource for Southern California and the world.