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John Douglass, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow, CSHE, and Director, UCHDA

John Douglass joined the Center for Studies in Higher Education in September, 1997, as a Research Fellow after holding administrative and teaching positions at UC Santa Barbara, and serving for one year as a visiting policy analyst at the California Postsecondary Education Commission. In addition to his position at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, he has also served as a policy analyst for the UC Universitywide Academic Senate and held a Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship (1993-1995). He is the author of the book The California Idea and American Higher Education, 1850 to the 1960 Master Plan (Stanford University Press, 2000).

He is also the author of "A Certain Future: Sputnik, American Higher Education and the Survival of a Nation" in the book Sputnik Reconsidered (Harwood Academic Press) and The Social Contract of Public Universities (pending, Vanderbilt University Press). In addition to his role as director of the UCHDA, Dr. Douglass coordinates events and projects focused on California higher education, the role of higher education in economic development, and educational opportunity. He currently serves on the research team of the Student Experience in the Research University--21st Century (SERU21) Project, which has completed a universitywide survey of undergraduate experience. For more information, consult his Web site.

Sally Thomas, M.I.M.S.
Associate Director/Digital Librarian

Sally oversees the research, design, and development of the UCHDA. She obtained a master's degree from the School of Information Management and Systems at UC Berkeley in 1999, and holds a B.A. in history from Stanford University. She worked for many years as an assistant editor at the Emma Goldman Papers, a UC Berkeley-based documentary editing project. In addition to her work for the UCHDA, Sally has served on working groups of the California Digital Library's Online Archive of California, to help develop standards for structured text projects.

Joyce W. Bee
Principal Web Designer

Joyce joined the Center for Studies in Higher Education in July 1998, while still a student at Cal, and helped to prepare the initial framework for the UCHDA. She graduated in May 2000 with a degree in Mass Communications and minors in Asian American Studies and German. Joyce serves as the principal web designer and graphic artist for the UCHDA, telecommuting from her home base in Los Angeles.


David Farrell
University Archivist, The Bancroft Library

David Farrell was appointed Acting University Archivist in January 2002 upon the retirement of William Roberts. He assumed the position of University Archivist in October 2004. His responsibilities include collecting, conserving, and providing access to the historical records of the university, including the Office of the President, the Board of Regents, and the Berkeley campus. He also represents the campus on the UC Archivists Council. David continues as Associate University Archivist and History of Science and Technology Curator in Bancroft, a position he assumed in 1997. In this capacity, he collects records and archives for Berkeley's departments and schools and prominent faculty. He was instrumental in developing Bancroft's Program in the Biosciences and Biotechnology which documents the contemporary history of bioscience, biotechnology and bioengineering, particularly as they have grown in the Bay Area. David came to Berkeley in 1989 and served eight years as Assistant University Librarian for Collections. He earned his B.A. in history from Bowdoin College and M.S. in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



William Roberts
Former University Archivist, The Bancroft Library

A Bancroft Library staff member for 35 years, former University Archivist Bill Roberts continues to advise the UCHDA on editorial content. Bill received his M.L.S. degree at UC Berkeley in 1968, and in 1984 became the fourth Berkeley and University of California System-wide Archivist. In addition to his role as University Archivist, Bill Roberts also served as Acting Curator for the Pictorial Collections, and as Acting Curator for History of Science and Technology. Upon his retirement in 2001, he was awarded the Berkeley Citation for his excellence in librarianship and his role in furthering the teaching and research missions of the UC Berkeley campus.

Todd Greenspan
Affilliated Specialist: Co-editor, UCHDA Master Plan Thematic Web Site

Todd Greenspan is Coordinator of Educational Relations in the Academic Initiatives Department, University of California Office of the President (UCOP) in Oakland, CA. In his current position with UC, Todd focuses on statewide studies of higher education and education governance in California. He is involved as a UC representative in the current effort to develop a new Master Plan for Education and was also a UC representative in the last review of the Master Plan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He represented the University in the studies of the California Citizens Commission for Higher Education, the California Governance Consensus Project, the California Constitutional Revision Commission, and the RAND project on higher education commissioned by the California Education Round Table. Todd is the UC liaison to the California Postsecondary Education Commission and staffs UC representatives to the California Education Round Table and the Intersegmental Coordinating Council. Todd received his B.A. in political science from Stanford University and his master's degree in public policy from UC Berkeley. His first educational policy job was with Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) at UC Berkeley, working on the Oakland Schools' Strategic Planning Project and a study of the California teacher shortage. Todd worked for the UC State Governmental Relations Office in Sacramento from 1985-91. Before moving to UCOP in Oakland, Todd lived for a year in Bali, Indonesia. He is now the treasurer of the Balinese performing arts group Gamelan Sekar Jaya. Todd maintains a website on the Master Plan at for UCOP.

Patricia A. Pelfrey
Visiting Specialist

Patricia Pelfrey is Assistant to the President of the University of California, Emeritus. She has worked closely with five UC presidents during a career spanning thirty years. She is currently working on a revision of A Brief History of the University of California, originally written for the University's centennial in 1968.


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(No current Undergraduate Research Apprentices.)

Sarah Ellinger
School of Information Management & Systems (M.I.M.S, May 2005)

Sarah Ellinger is a graduate student at the School of Information Management and Systems, studying library services, archives and multimedia. She joined the UCHDA in June 2004 to work on publishing the Presidents' Reports and on implementing metadata for the archive's HTML-based web pages. She was born and raised in Berkeley and enjoys reading documents about the early days of the town and the University. In her spare time she likes to watch old kung fu movies, bother her cat, and wish she had more spare time.

Jade Hoffman
Medieval History (Ph.D., May 2007)

Jade is a graduate student in medieval history, which of course makes her a natural candidate for the mark-up and preservation of UC historical documents. Okay, it doesn't, but she does know how to spend the entire day in the library in front of a computer, so it all works out just fine. Years of trying to find and access historical documents rare or otherwise have made projects like this incredibly important to her, so she values the work she does with the UCHDA. Being able to bounce around to ABBA and obscure Australian music while she does it makes her work even more enjoyable.

Brian Murphy
English (B.A., May 2005)

Brian Murphy transferred to UC Berkeley by way of Foothill College in Los Altos. His official interests include 17th-century British literature (Robert Herrick, John Milton) and contemporary fiction (Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman); he also dabbles in computer programming, art, music, and culinary arts, but only behind closed doors. In spring of 2004 he began to immerse himself in on-campus theater, starring in the rarely-seen Comus as the title villain, and as Claudio in English 117T's Much Ado About Nothing, and looks forward to doing much more.

Wendy Hu
Mass Communications, Education Minor (B.A., May 2004)

After graduating, Wendy joined the dynamic team of electronic publishing assistants at UCHDA. Since then, she has learned many fascinating facts about the development of the University of California. In her spare time, Wendy likes to volunteer with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and hang out with her roommates. She can often be found teasing her brother, who is currently a junior at Cal, annoying her sister, who is a sophomore in high school, or driving her boyfriend up the wall. Next activity of interest: surfing.



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