Three Women Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Yale University

Ardis Butterfield was named the Marie Borroff Professor of English. She is an expert on the literatures and music of France and England from the 13th to the 15th centuries. She joined the faculty at Yale in 2012 after teaching at Cambridge University in England and University College of London. Dr. Butterfield holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Trinity College at Cambridge University. She earned a second master’s degree in medieval English from the University of Bristol.

Grace Cao is the new IBM Professor of Sociology. She studies race, ethnicity, and immigration as they relate to education and relationships of young people. Professor Cao came to Yale in 2017 after spending two decades on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Now, she is chair of the department of sociology and director of the Center for Empirical Research on Stratification and Inequality. Dr. Cao is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Donna Spiegelman was appointed the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics at Yale University. She also serves as the director of the Yale Center for Method in Implementation and Prevention Science. She was a professor of epidemiologic methods at the School of Public Health at Harvard University. Professor Spiegelman is a graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in biostatistics and epidemiology from Harvard University.


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