Meet the Vice Chancellor

Douglas M. Haynes is the inaugural UCI Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. Reporting to Chancellor Howard Gillman, vice chancellor Haynes leads a comprehensive effort to establish UCI as a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence. At the core of this aspiration is a campus community where all expect equity, support diversity, practice inclusion and honor free speech.


A native of San Francisco, Douglas Haynes graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. During his final undergraduate year, he studied history at University College, Oxford University. Returning to the Bay Area, he completed his PhD in Modern European History at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Fulbright Scholar and University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow.

Joining the history faculty in 1994, Dr. Haynes has contributed to the advancement of the mission of UCI as a public research university. His research and teaching interests are broad, spanning from the development of the modern medical profession, comparative health care systems, to the representations of disease and illness in the mass media. Among his principal publications include: Imperial Medicine: Patrick Manson and the Conquest of Tropical Disease (Pennsylvania, 2001) and Fit to Practice: Empire, Race, Gender, and the Making of British Medicine (Rochester, 2017).

A designated Chancellor’ Research Fellow, Dr. Haynes served as the founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities, an unprecedented collaboration among faculty from the schools of the arts, humanities and medicine to advance the understanding of health, healing and well-being. This collaboration has yielded increased inter-disciplinary research activity, undergraduate and graduate courses of study, and a suite of public affairs programming, including the annual Distinguished Lecture in Medical Humanities series. He was also a founding faculty member of the Department of African American Studies, and served as the inaugural director of the undergraduate program in Global Cultures.

His appointment as vice chancellor builds on an extensive record of achievement.  As Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Haynes elevated attention to inclusive excellence as an institutional priority. By partnering with school and divisional deans and collaborating with faculty Equity Advisors and DECADE Mentors, he has improved the capacity of academic units to advance faculty and graduate student diversity and gender equity. He secured UCI’s federal designation as an Asian American Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Through the UCI Confronting Extremism Initiative, Haynes established a national model for harnessing the research, teaching and service mission of the university to strengthen the principles of inclusive excellence (equity diversity, inclusion, and free speech) and to fortify resilience in an age of hyper-polarization.

Dr. Haynes received the Institutional Equity Award from the American Historical Association. The Academic Senate honored him with the University Distinguished Midcareer Award for Service. He was also recognized by the campus Black Staff and Faculty Association for advancing faculty diversity.

Douglas M. Haynes

Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Professor of History
University of California, Irvine