About Our Provost

Martin Berger - dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs

Martin Berger is the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.

Berger came to SAIC from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he most recently served as the associate vice provost for academic affairs and associate campus diversity officer for faculty as well as professor of the History of Art and Visual Culture. Berger’s major initiatives at Santa Cruz included leading the development of the campus’s strategic academic plan, building new, interdisciplinary graduate degrees, and cochairing an initiative to define concrete mechanisms that administrators and faculty can adopt—beyond what is required by law or policy—to address sexual violence and sexual harassment. 

Berger brings a depth of academic leadership experience to SAIC. Previously he was the acting vice provost for academic affairs, acting dean and associate dean of the arts division, chair of the History of Art and Visual Culture department, and founding director of the Visual Studies graduate program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to his tenure at Santa Cruz, Berger taught at the State University of New York, Northwestern University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, among other institutions.

Berger received his BA from Wesleyan University, and MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees from Yale University. His scholarly expertise is in 19th- and 20th-century US art history, with a particular focus on the construction of gender and race. He has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center, Smithsonian Institution, Stanford Humanities Center, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.  

Berger is the author of three books and an exhibition catalogue: Man Made: Thomas Eakins and the Construction of Gilded Age Manhood (2000), Sight Unseen: Whiteness in American Visual Culture (2005), Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography (2011), and Freedom Now! Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle (2013). He is currently at work on a new book project, Inventing Stereotype: Race, Arts, and 1920s America.