List of Bryn Mawr College people

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The following is a list of individuals associated with Bryn Mawr College through attending as a student, or serving as a member of the faculty or staff.

Noted alumni[edit]

Name Year Notable
Layla AbdelRahim 1993 Author and anthropologist
Renata Adler 1959 Writer[1]
Katharine Sergeant Angell White 1914 Editor of The New Yorker
Maya Ajmera 1989 Founder of The Global Fund for Children
Donna Amenta M.A. 1971, Ph.D 1974 Professor of Chemistry and Department Head at James Madison University
Anastasia Ashman 1986 Writer
Ellis Avery 1993 Novelist[2]
Emily Greene Balch 1889 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1946
Margaret Ayer Barnes 1907 Writer, Pulitzer Prize for the Novel winner, 1931
Florence Bird Canadian journalist and politician
Grace Lee Boggs Ph.D. 1940 Activist and author
Ana Patricia Botín CEO of Santander UK
Katharine Burr Blodgett 1917 Chemist and engineer
Sarmila Bose Journalist
Ana Patricia Botin 1981 CEO of Banesto
Kathy Boudin 1965 Weathermen member convicted of murder and bank robbery
Annie Leigh Hobson Broughton A.B. 1930, M.A. 1936 Advocate for women's education
A. S. Byatt graduate work 1957-1958, did not graduate Postmodern novelist[3]
Jane Calvin 1959 Artist
John D. Caputo Ph.D. 1968 Philosophy professor at Syracuse University
Marjorie Constance Caserio MA in chemistry in 1951, PhD in 1956 Chemist
Birutė Ciplijauskaitė (lt) Ph.D. 1964 Vilas Professor of Spanish University of Wisconsin–Madison
Bruce Cole Ph.D. Chairman of National Endowment for the Humanities
Mary Little Cooper 1968 Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
H.D. did not graduate Modernist poet
Regna Darnell 1965 Anthropologist[4]
Eleanor Lansing Dulles 1917 Economist
Helen Flanders Dunbar 1923 Important early figure in U.S. psychosomatic medicine
Lee McGeorge Durrell 1971 Author, television presenter, zookeeper
Drew Gilpin Faust 1968 Twenty-Eighth President of Harvard University, former Dean of Radcliffe Institute
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese 1963 Historian and conservative feminist
Mary Peters Fieser 1930 Chemist and writer
Catherine Clarke Fenselau A.B. in chemistry in 1961 Chemist, pioneer in mass spectrometry
Shaun Gallagher Ph.D. University of Central Florida philosophy professor
Julia Anna Gardner A.B. 1905, M.A. 1907 Geologist, paleontologist
Martha A. Geer 1980 Associate Justice of the North Carolina Court of Appeals[5]
Carolyn Goodman 1961 Mayor of Las Vegas, founder of the Meadows School
Dorothy Goodman Teacher, charter school advocate, founder of International Baccalaureate Organization
Hanna Holborn Gray 1950 Former president of University of Chicago
David Gress Ph.D 1981 Historian
Edith Hamilton M.A. 1894 Classical scholar
Naomi Halas M.A. 1984, Ph.D. 1986 Professor of Chemistry and Computer Engineering at Rice University
Elaine Hammerstein 1917 Actress. There is no evidence in the College Archives that Hammerstein attended the school.
Carmelita Hinton 1912 Progressive educator
Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn 1899 Suffragist and family planning advocate
Katharine Hepburn 1928 Academy Award-winning actress
Sari Horwitz 1979 Journalist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner
Beryl Howell 1978 Federal Court Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Barbara Marx Hubbard 1951 Writer and public speaker
Salima Ikram 1986 Egyptologist and professor at American University in Cairo
Sarah Jones did not graduate Actress, poet, playwright
Rosabeth Moss Kanter 1964 Professor in business at Harvard Business School, former editor of the Harvard Business Review
Victoria S. Kaufman 1986 Bankruptcy judge in the Central Discrict of California[6]
Michi Kawai 1904 Founder of Keisen University
Emily Kimbrough 1921 Writer[7]
Helen Dean King Ph.D. 1899 Biologist
Karl Kirchwey Associate professor 2000–present Poet[8][9]
Karen Kornbluh 1985 Ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Edna Krabappel  ?? Fictional teacher at Springfield Elementary School in The Simpsons.
Gertrude Prokosch Kurath 1928 Dancer and dance researcher
Leslie Kurke 1981 Professor of classics at University of California-Berkeley and MacArthur "genius grant" recipient in 1999
Ellen Kushner did not graduate Fantasy writer
Frederica de Laguna 1927 Anthropologist
Ruth Langer 1981 Professor of Religion
Mimi Lee 1943 Chemist and First Lady of Maryland from 1977 to 1979[10]
Helen Taft Manning 1915 Historian, professor and dean of Bryn Mawr College, suffragist, daughter of President William Howard Taft[11]
Gerald Mara Ph.D. Dean and Professor of Government at Georgetown University
Jacqueline Mars 1961 Heiress to Mars candy fortune
Berthe Marti M.A. 1926, Ph.D. 1934 Professor of Latin at Bryn Mawr College
Mary A. McLaughlin M.A. 1969 Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
A. Thomas McLellan M.S., Ph.D. Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, nominee for Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Mary Patterson McPherson Ph.D. Former President of Bryn Mawr College
Cornelia Meigs 1908 Newbery Medal winner in 1934[12]
Mary Meigs 1939 Writer[13]
Lucy Taxis Shoe Meritt A.B. 1927, M.A. 1928, Ph.D. 1935 Classical archaeologist
Lynne Meadow 1968 Theatrical producer and director
Agnes Kirsopp Lake Michels A.B., M.A., Ph.D. Classical scholar and former professor at Bryn Mawr College
Victoria S. Middleton 1971 Diplomat
Elizabeth Bissell Miller 1998 Diplomat, Youth Ambassador to the Former Soviet Union
Elizabeth Mosier 1984 Writer, Author of My Life as a Girl
Marianne Moore 1909 Poet
Tony D. Morinelli Ph.D. 1990 Educator, playwright, painter
Margaret M. Morrow 1971 Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Catherine Gilbert Murdock Writer
Emily Cheney Neville 1940 Newbery Medal winner in 1964
Lindsay Northover, Baroness Northover Member of the U.K. House of Lords
Sherry Ortner 1962 Anthropologist, professor at UCLA, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient
Diana Oughton 1963 Militant Weathermen member
Judith Peabody Socialite and philanthropist[14]
Candace Pert 1970 Neuroscientist
Jeannette Piccard 1918 Teacher, scientist, balloon pilot, priest
Bertha Putnam 1893 Historian
Virginia Ragsdale A.B., Ph.D. Mathematician
Paul Rehak M.A. 1980, Ph.D. 1985 Archaeologist
Alice Rivlin 1952 Economist, first director of Congressional Budget Office
Phyllis Ross Economist, former chancellor of University of British Columbia
Ilana Kara Diamond Rovner 1960 Judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Edith Finch Russell Author, biographer of Bryn Mawr College President M. Carey Thomas
Maggie Siff 1996 Actress, Mad Men
Gabrielle M. Spiegel 1964 Chair of the History Department at Johns Hopkins University, President of the American Historical Association, 2008–2009
Rosemarie Said Zahlan 1958 Palestinian-American historian and writer
Lavanya Sankaran 1990 Writer
Bernadette Sargeant 1983 Attorney and former adviser to the U.S. House Ethics Committee
Jenny Sawyer 2002 Literary critic, internet entrepreneur[15]
Teresita Currie Schaffer 1966 Diplomat and former director of the Foreign Service Institute
Dorothy Schiff 1921 Newspaper publisher
Lisa Schiffren 1981 Journalist, Political speechwriter: Dan Quayle's "Murphy Brown" speech, Conservative activist
Allyson Schwartz M.A. 1972 U.S. Representative
Elaine Showalter 1962 Feminist literary critic and former president of the Modern Language Association
Fatima Siad 2007 contestant on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 10 and fashion model
Rachel Simon 1981 Writer
Cornelia Otis Skinner did not graduate Actress and author
Joan Slonczewski 1977 Biology professor at Kenyon College, science fiction writer
Deborah Spungen M.S.W. 1989 Author
Nettie Stevens Ph.D. 1903 Geneticist
Caroline Stevermer 1977 Fantasy writer
Mary Hamilton Swindler Ph.D. 1912 Former professor of archaeology of Bryn Mawr College
Lily Ross Taylor Ph.D. 1912 Former professor and dean of Bryn Mawr College
Dorothy Burr Thompson 1923 Archaeologist and art historian
Kaity Tong Broadcast journalist
Anne Truitt 1943 Minimalist sculptor
Umeko Tsuda 1889–1892 First Japanese student. Founder of Tsuda College & first president of YWCA in Japan
Neda Ulaby 1993 NPR Reporter
Emily Vermeule A.B. 1950, Ph.D. 1956 Classical scholar, archaeologist, poet
Elizabeth Gray Vining 1923 Newbery Medal winner
Betty Peh T'i Wei 1953 Historian
Mai Yamani 1979 Anthropologist and Saudi Arabian activist
Genevieve Vaughan 1961 Philanthropist and feminist activist

Noted faculty and administrators[edit]

Noted fictional alumni[edit]


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  11. ^ a b "Helen Taft Manning, Ex-Dean of Bryn Mawr". The New York Times. 1987-02-23. 
  12. ^ a b "Meigs, Cornelia". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  13. ^ "Mary Meigs Papers | Special Collections | Bryn Mawr College Library". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
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