A Trio of Women Appointed to Endowed Professorships at Yale University

Joanne B. Freeman was appointed the Class of 1954 Professor of American History. She is a leading historian of the politics and political culture of the Revolutionary era and early American history. Professor Freeman’s most recent book is The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2018). A graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California, Professor Freeman earned a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Virginia.

Catherine Panter-Brick was appointed the Bruce A. and Davi-Ellen Chabner Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs. Professor Panter-Brick’s research focuses on medical anthropology, global health, human biology, child development, mental health, peace-building, and humanitarianism. She is the co-editor of seven books including Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). Dr. Panter-Brick received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in England. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, she served as professor of anthropology at Durham University in England.

Nancy J. Brown was named the C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine. She will become dean of the Yale School of Medicine on February 1. She has been serving as the Hugh Jackson Morgan Professor and chair of the department of medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Brown is a graduate of Yale University, where she majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. She earned her medical degree at Harvard University.

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