Friday, February 9, 2007

Historian to Lead Harvard, sources report

The Boston Globe and the Harvard Crimson are reporting today that Harvard will name civil war historian and Radcliffe Dean Drew Gilpin Faust as President on Sunday. Thanks to Cliopatria for the tip.

UPDATE: The New York Times has now picked up the story, noting that "Harvard will be the fourth of the eighth Ivy League universities to name a woman as its president."

Faust's books include: Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War, The Creation of Confederate Nationalism: Ideology and Identity in the Civil War South, Southern Stories: Slaveholders in Peace and War, and The Ideology of Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Antebellum South, 1830-1860 (Faust, ed.).

1 comment:

Alfred Brophy said...

This is great news, for both Harvard and Faust-and even more relevant to legal history world than one might at first expect. Legal historians of the antebellum southern kind have, no doubt, turned to Faust's A Sacred Circle to broaden their understanding. A few lawyers (like William Gilmore Simms) appear in A Sacred Circle. But perhaps its most important contribution to antebellum legal history is its framework for gauging the role of the intellectual (like jurists) to the antebellum South.