As a distinguished scholar, teacher, and administrator at Columbia and a loyal alumna of Brown, you have dedicated your professional life to the study of early modern literature, the history of drama, and the advancement of diversity within higher education. Widely recognized as an expert in the study of Shakespeare, your research and writings have provided great insight into the socioeconomic and cultural conditions under which he shaped his representations of class and gender. You have served your students well, receiving multiple awards for teaching and mentoring, and you have set yourself apart as a skilled administrator through your direction of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia and as Columbia’s first Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives. We at Brown are fortunate to benefit from your service as a trustee emerita, an active member of the Advisory Council on Diversity and chair of the Pembroke Center Associates Council. For your exceptional commitment to the life of the mind, your drive to improve accessibility for young scholars, and your years of service to your alma mater, we honor you with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
(Distributed May 31, 2016)