Universities Appoint Three Women Scholars to Endowed Chairs

Christine Hayes, a scholar of classical rabbinic Judaism specializing in Talmudic-midrashic studies and Jewish law in late antiquity, has been appointed the Sterling Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1996, she was an assistant professor of Hebrew studies in the department of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University in New Jersey. Her most recent book is What’s Divine about Divine Law? Early Perspectives (Princeton University Press, 2015).

Professor Hayes earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley

Dionne Danns, professor in the School of Education, adjunct professor in African American and African Diaspora studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, and former associate vice provost for institutional diversity at Indiana University in Bloomington, has been named a Class of 1950 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor. Dr. Danns, who joined the faculty in 2005, is an expert on the history of education and is well known for her original historical research, with particular emphasis on Black education and desegregation in Chicago.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Professor Danns is the author of Crossing Segregated Boundaries: Remembering Chicago School Desegregation (Rutgers University Press, 2020).

Anna Nagurney was named to the Eugene M. Isenberg Chair in Integrative Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been serving as the John F. Smith Memorial Professorship in Operations Management at the university since 1998. Professor Nagurney joined the faculty at the university in 1983.

Dr. Nagurney holds bachelor’s degrees in applied mathematics and Russian language and literature, a master’s degree, and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, all from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

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