Dr. Robert Holub, Chair of the Germanic Department has been named the interim Chair for the Department of Near Eastern Langauges and Cultures. Dr. Holub brings a wealth of adminsitrative and leadership success to this role.
Robert Holub received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979 and taught in the German Department at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1979 until 2006. He chaired Berkeley’s German Department from 1991-1997 and was Dean of the Undergraduate Division in the College of Letters and Science from 2003-2006. From 2006-08 he served as Provost at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and from 2008-2012 he was Chancellor of the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts.
His scholarly work has focused on nineteenth and twentieth-century intellectual, cultural, and literary history with special interest in Heinrich Heine, German realism, Friedrich Nietzsche, literary and aesthetic theory, Jürgen Habermas, and Vergangenheitsbewältigung. His book Nietzsche in the Nineteenth Century, which situates Nietzsche’s thought in the context of social and scientific developments of his times, was recently published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.