Old Dominion Professors 2018-2019 Announced

May 9, 2018

The Humanities Council is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Old Dominion Professors. They are Michael Flower, Simon Gikandi, Kim Lane Scheppele, and Sean Wilentz.

Appointed for a term of one year, Old Dominion Professors will join a program designed to provide additional research time and to enhance the humanities community more broadly. They will also serve as Faculty Fellows in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

Throughout the year, this core group of senior faculty will engage colleagues and students from across the University in sustained discussions about their work:

Michael Flower, David Magie ’97 Class of 1897 Professor of Classics
Project: The Art of Historical Fiction in Ancient Greece

Simon Gikandi, Robert Schirmer Professor of English
Project: The Atlantic Crypt: Slavery and the Cultures of Modernity

Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values
Project: Counter-Constitutions and the End of History

Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History; Professor of History
Project: The Triumph of American Antislavery

Over the coming year, the Humanities Council will bring these research projects into the view of the wider community, as the Professors contribute to the Council’s programs and events.

“I’m delighted to welcome this terrific cohort of Old Dominion Professors,” said Esther Schor, Acting Chair of the Humanities Council. “I hope they’ll find, as I did, that to spend one’s leave ensconced in the Humanities Council and the Society of Fellows is a rare pleasure; it offers the comfort of great company and the challenge of strenuous and lively thought.”

Old Dominion Professors are faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are full professors and who have been at the University for a minimum of five years. They are appointed for a term of one year, one semester of which would otherwise have been devoted to a regular sabbatical leave. The Professorship extends that leave to one full year. Old Dominion Professors remain in residence at Princeton for the entire year, participating in the intellectual life of the Humanities Council and the University.

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