Chairs in SAS: A Baker's Dozen

As Dr. Rosemary Stevens left the deanship of Arts and Sciences this fall, one of the highlights of her five years in office was the increase in named chairs for distinguished faculty. The selection of 13 faculty to fill endowed and term chairs old and new is announced here. Three of the new chair-holders are newcomers to the University, and six of the chairs were endowed recently in honor of present or former members of the SAS faculty including two presidents and a provost.

Eight Endowed Chairs

Dr. Stuart Curran of the English department has been appointed the inaugural Vartan Gregorian Professor of English, taking a chair created by 1959 Wharton alumnus Saul P. Steinberg to honor the historian who was the first dean of SAS and later served as provost of of the University.

A specialist in the history of European poetry, Dr. Curran received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has held fellowships from the Huntington Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

The author of two critical studies of Percy Bysshe Shelley as well as the standard bibliography on the poet, he was for many years the editor of the Keats-Shelley Journal. Dr. Curran's most recent critical book is a history of Romanticism, poetic form, and British Romanticism. He is at work on the CDROM edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and a study of women poets during the Romantic period.

The chair's donor is a University trustee who also funded the new Judith Rodin Chair (see chair for Dr. Wallace). He is chairman of Reliance Group Holdings, Inc., of New York.

Dr. David Harbater has been appointed to the E. Otis Kendall Professorhip, established through an anonymous bequest and named for a 19th-century scholar and professor of mathematics who became dean of the Collegiate Department in 1883.

Dr. Harbater, who specializes in algebraic and arithmetic geometry, is a graduate of Harvard, summa cum laude, who took his M.A. in mathematics from Brandeis and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a widely published scholar and frequent lecturer who has has served on numerous committees of the department, school and University.

Dr. Fredrik T. Hiebert has joined the University as the first Robert H. Dyson, Jr. Assistant Professor, taking office as assistant curator of Near Eastern archaeology at the University Museum as well as assistant professor of anthropology.

Dr. Hiebert, whose advanced degrees are from Harvard, studies the development of complex societies, focusing on the econmomocs of urban and oasis cultures of the Bronze Age and the Medieval period in the Near East and Central Asia.

The new Dyson chair was established by members of the Board of Overseers of the University Museum to honor the renowned archaeologist who also served as Dean of SAS and who led the Museum for 12 of his 40 years on the faculty here.

Dr. Michael Katz has been appointed to the new Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professorship of History, established by the University's Board of Trustees to honor the Hackneys for their years of service during the presidency of Sheldon Hackney, who is also a noted historian.

Dr. Katz, codirector of the SAS Urban Studies Program, is a specialist in the history of public education, urban social and family structure, and poverty and social welfare. He received his M.A.T. and Ed.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Katz is the author of several books including The Undeserving Poor: From the War on Poverty to the War on Welfare and Improving Poor People: The Welfare State, the "Under-class," and Urban Schools as History.

Dr. Katz currently is working on present-day school reform in Chicago, the experience of poverty in turn-of-the-century New York City, and a book on the redefinition of the welfare state since 1980.

Dr. Bruce Kuklick is the new Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, holding a chair created by a bequest of the two long-time faculty members for whom the graduate residence Nichols House is also named.

Dr. Kuklick's specialty is American history and the philosophy of history. A prolific author who received his Ph.D. from Penn, Dr. Kuklick is known particularly for the range of his work, from Thomas Paine: Political Writings, to To Everything a Season: Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia 1909-1976. He also published Puritans in Babylon: The Ancient Near East and American Intellectual Life, 1880-1930.

A former chair of the history department, he holds a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and has been included in the Teaching Company's Superstar Teachers Series.

The Drs. Nichols spent most of their careers at Penn, where Dr. Roy Nichols, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Civil War, served as professor of history, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and vice provost of the University. Dr. Jeannette Nichols was a research associate and an associate professor of history for 32 years, with a special interest in the history of the University.

Dr. Maureen Quilligan of the English department is the first to hold the Catherine Bryson Chair, established by a trustee and alumna in honor of her high school English teacher. The donor, Natalie I. Koether, Esq., chose to honor Dr. Bryson, ED '22, G '47, for her commitment to the Aristotelian precept that knowledge is sufficient justification for learning.

Dr. Quilligan is a specialist in the study of women and literature of the Renaissance. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. from Harvard. She is the author of The Language of Allegory: Defining the Genre; Milton's Spenser: The Politics of Reading; and The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan's Cite des Dames. She has also coedited two volumes of essays (Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe and Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture), and is at work on three booklength projects: female political authority in the sixteenth century, incest and female agency, and slavery in the Renaissance epic.

Ms. Koether, CW'61, L'65, is a founding member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women and chair of the SAS Board of Overseers. She is an attorney with her own firm, Rosenman & Colin.

Dr. Bruce E. Routledge has been recruited as the James B. Pritchard Assistant Professor, taking a new chair established anonymously and named for an alumnus (GR'42) and longtime professor of the University.

Dr. Routledge specializes in Near Eastern archaeology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and will serve as assistant professor of anthropology at Penn.

The Pritchard Chair honors a noted professor of religious thought who combined archeological research with literary scholarship and an almost unparalleled skill as a lecturer. Dr. Pritchard held several positions in the University Museum before his retirement in 1978.

Dr. David Wallace is the first to hold the new Judith Rodin Professorship endowed by Mr. Steinberg to honor Penn's current president, who is also professor of psychology in SAS.

A literary historian who received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, Dr. Wallace studies medieval culture as seen through the literature of the period, especially that of Chaucer and Boccacio. His most recent book is Chaucerian Polity: Absolutist Lineages and Associated Forms in England and Italy, and he is the editor of The Cambridge History of Medieval Literature: Writing in Britain, 1066-1547.

Two Endowed Term Chairs

Dr. Daniel Janzen has been appointed to the Thomas G. and Louise E. DiMaura Endowed Term Chair in Conservation Biology, established by alumnus Paul W. DiMaura to honor his mother and the memory of his father.

A MacArthur Fellow known for his work on the restoration of the Guanacaste Tropical Dry Forest in Costa Rica, Dr. Janzen also developed the conception of the All Taxa Biodiversity Index (ATBI).

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize in Biology from the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences. In addition, he has received the Ira Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching at Penn.

His publications include Wildland biodiversity management in the tropics: where are we now and where are we going? Dr. Janzen received his Ph.D. from the University of California in Berkeley.

Mr. DiMaura, C'65, is the president of his family business, Hillside Management Company, a real estate firm near Boston.

Dr. Rafael Rob is now the Joseph M. Cohen Endowed Term Professor in Economics, holding a chair named for its donor, an alumnus who has also funded three other chairs in economics at SAS.

Dr. Rob's work focuses on industrial organization and microeconomic theory as well as price theory, information economics, and public finance. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Rob has been elected a fellow of the Econometric Society, and serves on the editorial board of the International Economic Review.

He has presented his work at the Universidad de Alicante in Spain, Toulouse University, Tel Aviv University, the London School of Economics, INSEAD in Fountainbleau, France, and many governmental agencies in the U.S., including the Federal Trade Commission.

Mr. Cohen, W'S9, is a member of the SAS Economics Visiting Committee and chairman of the New York brokerage firm Cowen & Company.

Three Term Chairs

Dr. Anthony Cashmore has been appointed to the Robert I. Williams Term Chair, created by alumnus Paul C. Williams to honor his father.

Dr. Cashmore is one of the founders of molecular plant biology program and is the first director of the Plant Science Institute at SAS. In addition, he serves on many departmental and schoolwide committees. He received his M. Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Mr. Williams, W'67, serves on the SAS Board of Overseers and has created two other term professorships for SAS. He is the vice president and manager of John Nuveen & Company Inc., an investment brokerage firm in Chicago.

Dr. Peter Conn now holds the Andrea Mitchell Term Professorship in English, established by the noted alumna and broadcast journalist who is a trustee of the University.

A specialist in American literature, Dr. Conn received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He is a winner of both the Lindback Award and the Ira Abrams Award for Distinguished Teaching.

He is the author of the forthcoming book, East and West: A Cultural Biography of Pearl S. Buck; his other books include The Divided Mind: Ideology and Imagination in America 18981917 and Literature in America: A One-Volume History of American Literature. Dr. Conn has served as dean of the College, graduate chair of English, and senior faculty resident of Community House He currently directs the Steinberg Symposium.

Ms. Mitchell, CW'67, is the chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC and a former member of the SAS Board of Overseers.

Dr. Edward N. Pugh has been appointed to the Shalam Family Term Professorship, established by alumnus John J. Shalam.

Dr. Pugh, who holds a Ph.D. in mathematical psychology from the University of Michigan, specializes in the study of vision.

For his outstanding scholarship, Dr. Pugh has been awarded the prestigious Troland Award in Psychology from the Natural Academy of Sciences.

He has served on a number of administrative boards and committees at Penn, including a term as director of the SAS Biological Basis of Behavior Program. In addition, he has served associate director of the Institute of Neurological Sciences and as chair of the Department of Chemistry Internal Review Committee.

Mr. Shalam, W'54, is president and CEO of the Audiovox Corporation in New York.

Photographs of Drs. Hiebert, Routledge and Wallace are by Candace diCarlo. Dr. Katz was photographed by Sarah Katz and Dr. Kuklick by Tommy Leonardi.


Volume 43 Number 8
October 15, 1996

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