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Peter F Biehl
  • Pronouns he, him, his, his, himself
  • Title
    • Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Division Graduate Studies Division
  • Department
    • Graduate Studies Division
    • Anthropology Department
  • Phone
    (831) 459-3336
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Kerr Hall, 289
  • Mail Stop No Mailstop

Biography, Education and Training

Peter is Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). In this role he leads UCSC’s graduate division and its 360-degree graduate education ranging from recruitment to alumni relations and from admissions to student success, mentoring and professional and career development efforts. Peter initiated an Implementation Task Force for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education which is developing a 5/2 year doctoral/MFA student Funding Model with the guiding principles of Graduate Student Success, Life, Well-Being and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Its recommendations were integrated in Envisioning Graduate Education for the Future in UCSC's Strategic Plan Leading the Change. Peter is currently co-leading the HSRU Alliance Affinity Group of Graduate Deans.

Peter is a professor of anthropology and has taught at universities in Buffalo, Halle, Freiburg, Cambridge and Paris and received his PhD from the University of the Saarland in Germany; his research focuses on climate change in the past, museums and archaeological heritage. He has written and edited 10 books and more than 100 articles, book chapters, exhibitions and performances. Before coming to UCSC in 2021 he served at the University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York (SUNY) as Institute Director, Department Chair, Associate Dean for International Graduate Education and Enrollment, and chaired campus-wide committees for course evaluation, budget and resources of the UB curriculum/general education program, and for inclusion and engagement of international students.

He received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization and UB’s distinguished postdoc mentor award. He is a fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE), the Society of Antiquaries of London and the German Archaeological Institute.