Nancy Hirschmann, professor of political science and a core faculty member in the Program on Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, has been appointed the Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professor in the Social Sciences. A scholar of the history of political thought, analytical philosophy nand feminist theory, Dr. Hirschmann is the author of nine books and the recipient of many fellowships and awards, including the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship and the European University Institute’s Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship. Dr. Hirschmann has served as Vice President of the American Political Science Association and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Politics & Gender, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy and Scandanavian Journal of Disability Research.
At Penn, she directed the Program on Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and also served as Graduate Chair and Vice Chair of the department of political science.
The Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professorship in the Social Sciences is named for the late Stanley I. Sheerr, W’37, the former chairman of Crown Textile Company. When Mr. Sheerr passed away in 1984, his family made a gift in his memory to support faculty in the social sciences. Mrs. Sheerr passed away in 1989, but her two children—Richard Sheerr, C’69, a former member of the Penn Arts & Sciences Board of Overseers, and Constance Sheerr Kittner, CW’61—remain active Penn supporters.