Five Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Positions in Higher Education

Eneida Mendonca was appointed to the Clem McDonald Chair of Biomedical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, a research partner of Indiana University. She will serve as director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at the institute. She is a former associate professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Mendonca is also a professor of pediatrics and professor of biostatistics and health data sciences at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

A native of Brazil, Dr. Mendonca holds a medical degree from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil. She also holds a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics from Columbia University in New York City.

Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz, a leading scholar of feminist and gender studies, has been appointed the F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Dr. Fixmer-Oraiz’s research focuses on communication, culture, feminism, and reproductive politics. She is the author of Homeland Maternity: US Security Culture and the New Reproductive Regime (University of Illinois Press, 2019).

Dr. Fixmer-Oraiz is a graduate of Indiana University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in communications studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Emily Greenwood was appointed the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Classics and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University in New Jersey. She was the John M. Musser Professor of Classics at Yale University. She is the author of several books including Afro-Greeks: Dialogues Between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Professor Greenwood holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Cambridge in England.

Jennifer Siegel is the first scholar to hold the Bruce R. Kuniholm Chair in History and Public Policy at Duke University. Her research focuses on the intersection of international diplomacy, modern intelligence, finance, the origins of war, and the nature of alliances. Dr. Siegel joins the Duke faculty after 18 years in the history department at Ohio State University.

Professor Siegel holds a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a Ph.D., all from Yale University.

Rachel Gordon was named to the Loyd J. Rockhold Endowed Chair in Child Development at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. She will also serve as executive director of the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning and a professor of sociology at the university. She was a professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Gordon is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in psychology. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago.

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