claudia mitchell-kernan

Claudia Mitchell-Kernan

Faculty Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor

Graduate Studies, UCLA

Claudia Mitchell-Kernan (she/her) is Faculty Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor of Graduate Studies at UCLA. As Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division of UCLA, she served as the campus-wide advocate for the advancement of graduate education for 21 years. During this period, she worked to ensure that standards of excellence, fairness, and equity were maintained across all graduate programs. Over the course of her career as an anthropologist, she conducted research in Samoa, Belize, Jamaica, and the United States. Concurrent with her administrative responsibilities, she was a professor in the departments of Anthropology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and Harvard University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. Before coming to UCLA in 1973, she was a member of the faculty at Harvard University.