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Robert Berdahl

Emeritus Professor of Public Policy

Robert Berdahl


Robert Berdahl is an historian with specific interests in higher education policy and 18th and 19th century German history. In July 1997, Berdahl took office as UC Berkeley’s eighth Chancellor. He came to Berkeley from the University of Texas at Austin where he served as President since 1993. Before assuming his post at Texas, Berdahl served for seven years as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Berdahl’s academic career began at the University of Oregon where he was a member of the history faculty from 1967 until 1986. Throughout his career, Berdahl has focused on the importance of quality education and on university outreach to the communities.

Berdahl received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1965 as well as an honorary Doctorate of Science in 1997. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He is currently a member of the Association of American Universities. Berdahl is the co-editor or author of two books and has written numerous articles dealing with German history.

Areas of Expertise

  • Education
  • German History
  • Higher Education Policy

Last updated on 06/06/2013