105 Appointment of Rick Halpern Principal of New College

PDAD&C #105, 2005-06


TO: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM: Professor Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
DATE: May 4, 2006

Appointment of Professor Rick Halpern as Principal of New College


I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Rick Halpern as Principal of New College for a five-year term, beginning July 1, 2006 and ending June 30, 2011.

Professor Halpern earned his BA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and his MA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon completion of his doctorate in 1989, he joined the Department
of History, University College London first as Lecturer and then as Reader. He was recruited to the Department of History at the University of Toronto in 2001 as the first Bissell-Heyd Professor of American Studies. Since 2004, he has served as Director of the Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk Centre for International Studies.

Professor Halpern is a specialist in modern U.S. history and has written extensively on race and labour in a number of national and transnational contexts. His publications include Slavery and Emancipation (2002), Two Souths: The American South and The Italian Mezzogiorno (2001), Racializing Class, Classifying Race: Labour and Difference in Britain, the USA and Africa (2000), Down on the Killing Floor: Black and White Workers in Chicago's Packinghouses (1997). Professor Halpern is currently working on a study of migrant and contract labour in the US South and South Africa; he is also collaborating with Richard Follett of the University of Sussex on a project focusing on the Louisiana sugar economy. Professor Halpern's teaching interests range broadly to include comparative history, popular culture (especially black music), social protest movements, and oral history.

Professor Halpern's research has been supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has served on a number of peer-review committees, advisory councils and editorial boards and he is co-editor of the Labour & Working Class History Association Newsletter.

Professor Halpern has experience in University administration. He was Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of the United States from 2002-03 and Acting Director of the Centre from 2003 until his appointment as Director in 2004. He has served on numerous University committees.

Professor Halpern brings to the position of Principal of New College good experience and appreciation of the qualities that make New College unique. I am confident that you will share my enthusiasm for the selection of Professor Rick Halpern as Principal of New College.