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Houston named provost

Alan Houston, a professor of political science and an internationally recognized scholar of early-modern British and American political thought, has been appointed provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College at UCSD.

Houston’s prize-winning scholarly work uses archival research to establish new interpretations and advance scholarly methods in liberal, democratic and republican theory. He has written and edited four books.

Houston joined the UCSD faculty in 1989; before that, he taught at Columbia University and Harvard University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and his master’s and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Houston’s wife, Barbara Edwards, works at CREATE on the UCSD campus. She is executive director of Math for America, a consortium of three local universities that works to increase the number and quality of mathematics teachers in public schools. They have two children, Kelsey, 19, and Ben, 15.