Four Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

Mary Andrianopoulos was named the Terrence Murray Commonwealth Honors College Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences at the university. Professor Andrianopoulos joined the faculty at the university in 1995.

Dr. Andrianopoulos is a graduate of the University of Vermont. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in speech-language pathology from the University of Utah.

Lydia Lindsey is the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts in the department of history at North Carolina Central University. Her current research focuses on the everyday lives of Black women workers in Birmingham, England, after World War II.

Dr. Lindsey holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in European history from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She earned a Ph.D. in British Empire and Commonwealth history and modern European history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jill Locke has been named to the James McPherson Endowed Chair in American History at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. A professor of political science, Dr. Locke joined the faculty at the college in 2000. She is the author of Democracy and the Death of Shame: Political Equality and Social Disturbance (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Professor Locke holds a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Sherrilyn Ifill is the inaugural holder of Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Esq. Endowed Chair in Civil Rights at the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Professor Ifill most recently served as the seventh president & director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund. Earlier, she was a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore for 20 years.

Professor Ifill is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She earned a juris doctorate at New York University.

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