Five Women Scholars Named to Endowed Chairs

Kalenda Eaton was appointed to the Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker Endowed Chair at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Dr. Eaton, who is an associate professor of English, will hold the endowed chair for a two-year term when she will work on a project entitled “Practicing Womanist Ideology in the New Humanities.”

Dr. Eaton is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University. She is the author of Womanism, Literature, and the Transformation of the Black Community 1965-1980 (Routledge, 2008).

Valerie Barr will hold the Jean E. Sammet Endowed Chair in Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She has been serving as a professor of computer science at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Earlier, she served on the faculty at Hofstra University in Garden City, New York.

Dr. Barr is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in applied mathematics. She holds a master’s degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Tali Mendelberg was named the John Work Garrett Professor in Politics at Princeton University in New Jersey. She joined the faculty at Princeton in 1994 and was promoted to full professor in 2013.

Dr. Mendelberg is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. Her latest book is The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation, and Institutions (Princeton University Press, 2014).

Beverly Gage was appointed the Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy at Yale University. She is a historian of 20th-century American politics. Professor Gage is the author of The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Professor Gage is a graduate of Yale University. She earned a Ph.D. in history at Columbia University.

Joan Shelley Rubin is the inaugural Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center at the University of Rochester in New York. She is the Dexter Perkins Professor in History at the university. Dr. Rubin joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in 1995. She is the author of Songs of Ourselves: The History of Poetry in America (Harvard University Press, 2007).

Professor Rubin received her bachelor’s degree in American history and literature from Harvard University and a doctorate in American studies from Yale University.

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