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Former Harvard President Drew Faust named University Professor

Drew Faust.
Drew Faust.(ROSE LINCOLN/HARVARD/File)

Former Harvard University President Drew Faust has been named a University Professor at Harvard — a coveted title that's considered to be Harvard's highest faculty honor, according to the Harvard Gazette.

Faust, an acclaimed Civil War scholar and author who made history as Harvard's first female president, will join 24 other faculty members who currently hold such a professorship, the Gazette reported.

Faust became Harvard's 28th president in July 2007 and held the office until June of this year. She is now set to become the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor on Jan. 1, the Gazette reported.

“Drew Faust is an eminent scholar of the Civil War and the American South, and one of the nation’s most admired historians,” Harvard President Larry Bacow said in the Gazette article. “Her works, rendered in elegant and lucid prose, serve as exemplars of the craft of doing history through painstaking archival research and incisive analysis. With their close attention to issues of race, gender, identity, family, and other central elements of the fabric of American life, they reflect extraordinary insight into past lives and events while illuminating themes of continuing deep relevance to our national conversation.”

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According to the Gazette, Harvard created University Professorships in 1935 to celebrate “individuals of distinction…working on the frontiers of knowledge, and in such a way as to cross the conventional boundaries of the specialties.”

Faust received her bachelor’s degree in history from Bryn Mawr College in 1968 and her master’s degree and doctoral degree in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. She served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for 25 years and then came to Harvard in 2001 to serve as the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She went on to become president of Harvard in 2007, and held the position for 11 years.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.