Catharine Stimpson ’58 has been awarded the Francis Andrew March Award by the Association of Departments of English (ADE). The award is for distinguished service to the profession of English studies at the postsecondary level.
A groundbreaking feminist literary critic, Stimpson received a bachelor’s degree in English from Bryn Mawr and masters degrees from Cambridge and Columbia Universities; was a faculty member at Barnard, where she was the founding editor of the journal Signs; professor, graduate-school dean, and vice provost of graduate studies at Rutgers University; director of the fellows program at the MacArthur Foundation; professor and graduate-school dean at NYU; and president of the Modern Language Association.
Her award states: “Political in the best sense, she has reshaped our world and—for women and also for men—changed institutions and the possibilities for institutional life across the entire spectrum of teaching, scholarship, and administration. As editor, scholar, pedagogue, and orator, she has raised her commanding voice with incomparable panache and occasional thunder to argue, protest, prod, persuade, inspire, critique, comfort, revive, celebrate, and point the way forward.”
The award was made at the Modern Language Association’s 127th annual convention in Seattle in January.