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James Antony - UC San Diego. La Jolla, CA, US

James Antony James Antony

Dean | UC San Diego


James Antony’s research and teaching focus on the preparation of forward-thinking leaders in college or university settings.



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James Antony’s research and teaching focus on the preparation of forward-thinking leaders in college or university settings, both domestically and globally. He has written about higher education faculty, the socialization and leadership development of future faculty and college leaders, and data-driven decision-making in higher education settings. He teaches courses in such topics as: leadership theory, organizational change, assessment and evaluation, data-based decision making, introductory and advanced quantitative research methods, student affairs administration, leadership ethics, athletic leadership in higher education, sociology of higher education, and the history of higher education.

Prior to his arrival at UC San Diego in the fall of 2019, Professor Antony served on the faculty of Harvard University where he was Faculty Director of the Graduate School of Education’s Higher Education Program, and Co-Director of the Management Development Program.

He held faculty and leadership roles at the University of Washington (1995-2012), including Professor in Educational Leadership & Policy and Adjunct Professor in Sociology; Associate Vice-Provost & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in The Graduate School; and Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Education. There, he served as Director for two graduate degree programs (the Graduate Program in Higher Education, and the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Program) and was founding Executive Director of the Center for Leadership in Athletics. He was an Associate Provost for Yale University (2012-2015), where he worked on issues ranging from faculty development and diversity, to undergraduate leadership development within Yale College.

Professor Antony earned his baccalaureate degree in Psychology, his master’s degree, and his PhD in Higher Education and Organizational Change, all from UCLA.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Data-driven decision-making in higher education settings

College and University Leaders

Graduate Education

Leadership Development

College Athletics

Accomplishments (5)

University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award (professional)

2009 Nominee

University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award (professional)

2008 Nominee

American Council on Education Fellow (professional)


University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award (professional)

2002 College of Education Nominee

University of Washington Presidential Faculty Fellow (professional)


Education (3)

University of California, Los Angeles: Ph.D., Higher Education & Organizational Change 1996

University of California, Los Angeles: M.A., Higher Education & Organizational Change 1993

Higher Education & Organizational Change: B.A., Psychology 1992

Affiliations (6)

  • American Council on Education Fellows Program
  • American Education Research Association
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education - University of Georgia : Fellow
  • UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (5)

Growing Graduate Students in STEM

UC San Diego UC San Diego News Center  


“It’s exciting to see this entire cohort pursuing graduate studies in the UC,” said Graduate Division Dean James Antony. “UC doctoral students become the next generation of the state’s researchers, they teach and mentor undergraduates, and they become the future professoriate. Expanding the pathway to a UC graduate education broadens opportunities for these students and strengthens California.”

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Graduate Scholars Shine as Equity-Minded Mentors

UC San Diego UC San Diego News Center  


“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate this year’s Bouchet Scholars, who all are exemplars not only of scholarly achievement, but of character, leadership, advocacy and service to others,” said James Antony, dean of the Graduate Division. “They join a growing group of scholars on our campus and across the nation who are committed to diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.”

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James Soto Antony: From First-Gen College Student to Innovative Higher Ed Leader

UC San Diego UC San Diego News Center  


James Soto Antony was appointed as dean of the Graduate Division of UC San Diego on Sept. 1. Antony also holds a tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Education Studies. A University of California alumnus, Antony returns to his Southern California roots armed with more than two decades of leadership experience in both the public and private higher education sectors. Born in Los Angeles, he attended UCLA to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a masters and doctorate in higher education and organizational change.

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Higher Ed, Higher

Usable Knowledge: Relevant research for today's educators  


College and university campuses have long been locations of social protest, dating back to the earliest days of American higher education. But the last academic year felt particularly challenging to higher education leaders, with several describing it as the most contentious year they could recall.

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Are Universities Cheating Millennials?

Zócalo Public Square  


The U.S. has over 4,000 colleges and universities, each different in its approach to educating students. Institutions are not formally coordinated. They all compete for the best students they can attract. Collectively, therefore, higher education does little to help millennials understand institutional differences, which leads many students to select the wrong college for themselves.

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Articles (3)

The Tricky Terrain of Global University Partnerships

Successful Global Collaborations in Higher Education Institutions

2019 Higher education in the USA, for the most part, is an industry in which individual institutions pride themselves on their autonomy, often behaving as independent actors among a broader population of over 4200 institutions. Even within state systems, which the casual observer would assume enjoy deep coordination among constituent institutions, there is fierce independence and competition.

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research

2021 Nearly two decades ago, Antony (2002) contributed a chapter in this Handbook entitled, Reexamining Doctoral Student Socialization and Professional Development: Moving Beyond the Congruence and Assimilation Orientation. That chapter illuminated how extant theoretical conceptions of doctoral student socialization and professional development assumed a substantial degree of congruence and assimilation on the part of doctoral students in order for them to be considered successfully socialized and professionally developed.

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The Bobby Knight Player-Abuse Scandals at Indiana University

Scandals In College Sports

2017 Bobby Knight becomes furious over two turnovers in a competition between Indiana University and the University of Michigan. During the Pan American Games in 1979 in Puerto Rico, Knight was involved in a physical altercation with a Puerto Rican police officer.

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