Knapp Chair of Liberal Arts

The Knapp Chair of Liberal Arts was established in 1995. Three distinguished scholars are appointed annually by the dean from three divisional areas: arts and humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences. The Knapp chairs contribute to the vitality and centrality of liberal arts in the College by teaching and interacting with students, collaborating with faculty, and presenting public lectures that engage our campus community in confronting humanity’s urgent challenges.

Knapp Chairs give a public lecture during their residency, which is recorded and posted online. Faculty and students may nominate a Knapp Chair of Liberal Arts.

2019-20 Knapp Chairs

 

Arts and Humanities

Mark Edmundson, PhD

Professor of English, University of Virginia

 

Arts and Humanities

William Deresiewicz, PhD

Author, essayist and literary critic

2018-19 Knapp Chairs

 

Social Sciences

Erika Doss, PhD

Professor of American Studies, University of Notre

 

Arts and Humanities

Melissa Farley, PhD

Founder and Director, Prostitution Research and Education


Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Linda Boland, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Richmond

2017-18 Knapp Chairs

 

Arts and Humanities

Mario Ramiro, PhD

Professor, Sculpture, Performative Practices and Photography Studies at the Art Department of the School of Art and Communications, University of Sao Paulo

 

Social Sciences

Linda Tuhiwai Smith, PhD, FRSNZ, CNZM

Pro Vice-Chancellor Maori, Dean of the School of Maori and Pacific Development, and Professor, Education and Maori Development, University of Waikato (Hamilton, New Zealand)

 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Martin Demaine

Erik Demaine, PhD

Martin Demaine is a Robotics Engineer and Visiting Scientist in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Angelika and Barton Weller Artist-in-Residence for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Technical Instructor in the Glass Lab for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2016-17 Knapp Chairs

 

Social Sciences

Mike Davis, PhD

Distinguished Professor, Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside
Professor Emeritus, History at the University of California, Irvine

 

Arts and Humanities

Teofilo Ruiz, PhD

Professor, History & Robert and Dorothy Wellman Chair in Medieval History at the University of California, Los Angeles

 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Kimberly Tanner, PhD

Professor, Biology and Director, SEPAL at San Francisco State University