Catharine R. Stimpson

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Catharine R. Stimpson
Academic background
Alma materBryn Mawr College, Cambridge University, Columbia University
Thesis (1967)
Academic work
InstitutionsNew York University, Rutgers University, Barnard College

Catharine R. Stimpson (born June 4, 1936 in Bellingham, Washington) is a feminist scholar, University Professor, professor of English, and dean emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University.[1]

Academic career[edit]

Stimpson did her undergraduate studies at Bryn Mawr College and earned graduate degrees from Cambridge University and Columbia University.[1] She was the founding editor in 1975 of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.[1][2]

Stimpson began her academic career at Barnard College, where she was founding director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women in 1971. In 1980, she became Professor of English at Rutgers University, where she also led the Institute for Research on Women, was Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, and University Professor. After a leave from Rutgers to serve as Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, she became University Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University in 1998. In 2010, she became Dean Emerita at NYU, where she has appointments in the Department of English, the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy, and the Law School.[1]

In 1990, she was president of the Modern Language Association[3] and in 1999-2000 she was president of the Association of Graduate Schools of the Association of American Universities.[1]

MacArthur Fellows[edit]

As director of the MacArthur Fellows Program from 1993-1997, Stimpson helped the program move from recognizing already established scholars to the more contemporary form of today.[4]


In addition to being the founding editor of Signs, Stimpson has written two books, edited seven books, and published over 150 monographs, essays, stories, and reviews.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Faculty profile Archived 2014-08-11 at the Wayback Machine, Dept. of English, NYU; faculty profile, NYU School of Law, retrieved 2017-10-16.
  2. ^ Boxer, Marilyn Jacoby (2001), When Women Ask the Questions: Creating Women's Studies in America, JHU Press, p. 15, ISBN 9780801868115.
  3. ^ MLA Presidents
  4. ^ [1], "MacArthur 'Genius' Grants Get Some Heat and a New Head," New York Times 12/9/1997.