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Jonathan Grady

Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students

Dean of Students

Jonathan Grady serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students at UC Merced. Utilizing a social justice orientation rooted in community cultural wealth, criticalness, collaboration, accountability, and care, Jonathan focuses on building structures and systems to enhance campus climate, improving student success outcomes, and creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable institutional culture. Working as a higher education administrator, researcher, and instructor for years at institutions such as the University of Michigan-Flint, Occidental College, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Cornell University, he also promotes excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship, student centeredness, and diversity and engaged citizenship. Additionally, he also creates critical pedagogical practices and strategies that question current norms and practices and seek to empower and uplift students and their communities.
Jonathan holds a doctorate in philosophy (Ph.D.) in education with a concentration in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a master’s degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University.