Berggruen Institute Names Dr. Nils Gilman as Vice President for Programs

Rachel S. Bauch


Rachel Bauch, Berggruen Institute; (323) 841-4139

Craig Calhoun, President of Berggruen Institute, today announced that Dr. Nils Gilman, the prominent author, scholar and executive, will become the Institute’s first Vice President for Programs.

“Dr. Gilman is an original thinker, a serious researcher, and a talented organizational leader,” Dr. Calhoun said. “He is the ideal leader to help advance Berggruen Institute’s passion for ideas and its determination to have a positive impact on governance and public policy.”

Working closely with the President at Berggruen Institute, Dr. Gilman will lead a growing team in developing programs that enhance understanding of the great present-day transformations in the human condition and the ethical choices and social challenges they pose. Dr. Gilman will also conduct his own research and writing as it supports the mission of the Institute.

“The Berggruen Institute has a unique agenda-setting opportunity,” Dr. Gilman said. “In just a short time, the Institute has established itself as a place where important ideas about governance and society at all levels are coupled with strategic action that aims to transform society for the better. I am honored by the chance to help shape the Institute’s intellectual and policy endeavors.”

Dr. Gilman joins Berggruen Institute from University of California, Berkeley, where he served for three years as Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff to Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks. He is the author of Mandarins of the Future (on American policy intellectuals during the Cold War). He is also the editor of the books Deviant Globalization (on black market economies) and Staging Growth (on development policy) and has written widely on technology, politics, and social change. Prior to becoming Associate Chancellor, Dr. Gilman was Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Social Science Matrix, an integrative social science research institute. From 2006 to 2014 Dr. Gilman worked as a business consultant, beginning at Global Business Network (GBN), which was acquired by the Monitor Group and then Deloitte, in a unit focused on long-term geostrategic futures. He has also worked extensively in the software industry, notably at Salesforce and BEA Systems. For the last ten years he has been co-editor of the scholarly journal Humanity.

Dr. Gilman has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in History from UC Berkeley. His focus is on the intellectual history and political economy of the United States, late modern Europe, and the global south.