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Two Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professors

J. Sabloff

Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, professor of anthropology, has been named the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences, and Dr. Thomas Sugrue has been appointed the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor of History and Sociology, SAS Dean Samuel Preston has announced.

A renowned archaeologist who served as director of the Penn Museum from 1994 to 2004, Dr. Sabloff is known as one of the world’s foremost scholars on the ancient Maya civilization. His other research interests include archaeological theory, the history of American archaeology, pre-industrial cities, and settlement pattern studies. 

Dr. Sabloff completed his undergraduate degree at Penn in 1964 magna cum laude with honors in anthropology, and then completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University. He returned to Penn 30 years later to serve as the Charles K. Williams II Director of the Museum. During his decade of leadership, he further strengthened the Museum’s national and international profile through new research projects and an expanded traveling exhibitions program. He also oversaw the growth of the Museum’s endowment and secured funding for the construction of the Mainwaring Wing for Collections Storage and Study. Dr. Sabloff currently serves as curator of the American section of the Museum.

He has authored or co-authored a number of books including A History of American Archaeology; Excavations at Seibal: Ceramics; The Cities of Ancient Mexico; The New Archaeology and the Ancient Maya; and Ancient Civilizations: The Near East and Mesoamerica. Dr. Sabloff teaches “The Rise and Fall of the Ancient Maya Civilization” and “Introduction to Archaeology.”

In addition to his academic and administrative service to Penn, Dr. Sabloff is former chairman of the Smithsonian Institution Science Commission and past president of the Society for American Archaeology. His scholarship has earned him membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Dr. Sugrue

T. Sugrue

Dr. Sugrue is a prize-winning historian and teacher who holds appointments in the department of history and the department of sociology and chairs the graduate group in history. A member of the Penn faculty since 1991, Dr. Sugrue was the Bicentennial Class of 1940 Endowed Term Professor from 1999 to 2004. He has held visiting appointments at both New York University and at L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in France. 

Dr. Sugrue’s scholarship and teaching focus on 20th-century American political, urban, and social history. He has written extensively on modern American culture and politics; 20th-century conservatism and liberalism; race; urban economic development; and poverty and public policy. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit, which won the Bancroft Prize, the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, and book prizes from the Urban History Association and the Social Science History Association; it was also selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book, The American Prospect Top Shelf Book on the topic of race and inequality in American society, and a Lingua Franca Breakthrough Book on race.  He also co-edited W.E.B. Du Bois, Race, and the City: The Philadelphia Negro and Its Legacy with Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History Michael Katz.

He is currently working on a number of projects including the forthcoming book Sweet Land of Liberty: The Unfinished Struggle for Racial Equality in the North, a history of the United States in the 20th century, a forthcoming collection of essays on The New Suburban History, and an edited collection of essays on contemporary issues of race, class, and American law. He has also written a history of affirmative action politics at the grassroots and served as an expert witness for the University of Michigan in two affirmative action cases recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been awarded fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Sugrue has also served on the boards of the Urban History Association and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and is former vice chair of the Philadelphia Historical Commission.

He teaches courses on America in the 1960s; race and politics in 20th-century America; the history of Philadelphia; and American politics and society from the 1870s to the present. He has also twice directed the American History Honors Program. His commitment to teaching excellence has been recognized with the Greek Council’s Outstanding Professor Award and the Department of History’s Richard S. Dunn Teaching Award.  

He holds his Ph.D. from Harvard University, M.A. from Cambridge University, and B.A. from Columbia University.

The Kahns

The Kahn endowed term chairs were established through a bequest by Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Kahn. Mr. Kahn was a 1925 Wharton graduate who had a highly successful career in the oil and natural gas industry. His wife, a graduate of Smith College, worked for Newsweek and owned an interior design firm. The couple contributed to many programs and projects at Penn including Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, the Modern Languages College House, and initiatives in scholarship and the humanities.



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 15, December 14, 2004


December 14, 2004
Volume 51 Number 15


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