Graduate Advising


Department contact information

Department of History
3329 Dwinelle Hall MC2550
Berkeley, CA 94720-2550
t: (510) 642-1971
f: (510) 643-5323


Who to contact

Prospective and newly admitted students

The Graduate Admissions, Recruitment, and Outreach Advisor, Erin Leigh Inama, is responsible for informing prospective students about degree offerings and application procedures and policies.  She also works with newly admitted students during the recruitment and acceptance/declination process.  She can be reached via phone at (510) 642-2378 or via email at  Her office is in 3312 Dwinelle Hall.
Prospective and new students are also encouraged to contact UC Berkeley’s Social Sciences Graduate Diversity Director, Dr. Gloria Chun, for more information about navigating the admissions process and campus resources.  Dr. Chun can be reached via phone at (510) 642-5565 or via email at  More information about the Graduate Diversity Office can be found here:

Current students

The Graduate Assistant, Mabel Lee, assists both faculty and students in the day-to-day administration of the graduate program.  Since no handbook can answer all questions students may have about the program, students are encouraged to consult regularly with the Graduate Assistant or with their faculty advisor.  Forms needing the signature of the Head Graduate Advisor may be submitted to the Graduate Assistant for circulation to the Head Graduate Advisor for signature.  Mabel can be reached via phone at (510) 642-2034 or via email at  Her office is in 3310 Dwinelle Hall.

The Head Graduate Advisor chairs the Graduate Advisors Committee and is the department’s official faculty liaison for the graduate program.  Acting in this capacity, the Head Graduate Advisor signs all correspondence sent by the department to the Graduate Division, including everything from routine petitions, such as Advancement to Candidacy forms, to requests for exceptions to policy.  The Head Graduate Advisor can be reached via email at

TheGraduate Advisors Committee (GAC) administers the graduate program.  First-year students are assigned to a graduate advisor once they arrive at Berkeley.  First year students must meet with their advisor and/or the Head Graduate Advisor before the beginning of classes and they are encouraged to confer with their advisor regularly during the course of their study.  Collectively, the GAC considers student petitions, reviews students for continuation in the program, appoints the Committee of Language Examiners and coordinates that committee’s work, and makes recommendations concerning the graduate program to the department.

The History Graduate Association (HGA) is a student organization established to further the interests of all history graduate students.  Each year the HGA elects a council as its representatives.  The HGA participates in the fall orientation of new students and the spring visit day for admitted students and plans occasional social functions.  More importantly, the group discusses, investigates, and communicates concerns that students may have about the graduate program.  The HGA can be reached via email at

The Graduate Policy Committee (GPC) is a subcommittee of the Graduate Advisors Committee and the History Graduate Association and is concerned with graduate program policies.  Faculty and student groups or individuals may place proposals, complaints, or other matters of graduate policy on the agenda of this joint faculty-student committee.  The recommendations of the GPC are submitted to the GAC and then to other appropriate bodies.

Students and graduates on the job market

The Graduate Admissions, Recruitment, and Outreach Advisor is also responsible for helping students and recent graduates through the job search process.  Please find her contact information above.  Additionally, each year the Head Graduate Advisor appoints members of the faculty to guide and assist students through the job search process.  Erin can put you in touch with these professors.

Last edited 2 July 2013