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
Nadia Abu El Haj 1984 Anthropologist at Barnard College
Renata Adler 1959 Writer[1]
Maya Ajmera 1989 Founder of The Global Fund for Children
Srabonti Narmeen Ali 2001 Writer and singer
Donna Amenta M.A. 1971, Ph.D 1974 Professor of Chemistry and Department Head at James Madison University
Katharine Sergeant Angell White 1914 Editor of The New Yorker
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
Genevieve Bell 1990 Cultural anthropologist at Intel Labs
Florence Bird 1928 Canadian journalist and politician
Eleanor Albert Bliss 1921 Bacteriologist
Katharine Burr Blodgett 1917 Chemist and engineer
Grace Lee Boggs Ph.D. 1940 Activist and author
Sarmila Bose 1981 Journalist
Ana Patricia Botin 1981 CEO of Banco Santander, CEO of Santander UK, CEO of Banesto
Kathy Boudin 1965 Weathermen member convicted of murder and bank robbery
Frances Schreuder ~ Bradshaw non-degreed convicted in 1983 of the 1978 Franklin Bradshaw murder that she forced her son, Marc, to perform.
Annie Leigh Hobson Broughton A.B. 1930, M.A. 1936 Advocate for women's education
Carol Burns 1977 Architect, co-founder of Taylor & Burns Architects
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 Ph.D. 1964 Vilas Professor of Spanish University of Wisconsin–Madison
Susy Clemens did not graduate daughter of American author Mark Twain
Bruce Cole Ph.D. 1969 Chairman of National Endowment for the Humanities
Soraya Coley M.S.S. 1974 current president of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Joyce Mitchell Cook 1955 First African American woman to receive a PhD in philosophy and the first woman to be appointed to an assistant teacher position at Yale
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
Mary Maples Dunn M.A. 1956, Ph.D. 1959 former president of Smith College
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
Mary Stuart Fisher Radiologist
Catherine Clarke Fenselau 1961 Chemist, pioneer in mass spectrometry
Frances H. Flaherty 1905 Film writer and director[5]
Shaun Gallagher Ph.D. University of Central Florida philosophy professor
Julia Anna Gardner 1905 A.B., 1907 M.A. Geologist, paleontologist
Martha A. Geer 1980 Associate Justice of the North Carolina Court of Appeals[6]
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.
Louise Holland 1920 Academic, philologist and archaeologist
Hope Hibbard Ph.D. circa 1921 biologist, cytologist, zoologist, and zoology professor
Carmelita Hinton 1912 Progressive educator
Margaret Healey Ph.D. 1969 former president of Rosemont College
Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn 1899 Suffragist and family planning advocate
Katharine Hepburn 1928 Academy Award-winning actress
Betsy Hodges 1991 former Mayor of Minneapolis
Edith Houghton Hooker 1901 Suffragist
Margaret Hoover 2001 Political contributor for CNN, media personality, and author. She is a great-granddaughter of former U.S. President Herbert Hoover.
Matina Horner 1961 former president of Radcliffe College and psychologist who pioneered the concept of "fear of success"[7]
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
Agnes Hsu-Tang Archaeologist and host of History Channel Asia's "Mysteries of China" series
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 District of California[8]
Michi Kawai 1904 Founder of Keisen University
Emily Kimbrough 1921 Writer[9]
Helen Dean King Ph.D. 1899 Biologist
Karl Kirchwey Associate professor 2000–present Poet[10][11]
Anna Kisselgoff 1958 cultural news reporter and former Chief Dance Critic for the New York Times
Karen Kornbluh 1985 Ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt 1923 Children's author, best known for Pat the Bunny.[12] Both her daughters are also Bryn Mawr alumnae.
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
Anna B. Lawther 1897 leader in the women's suffrage movement
Mimi Lee 1943 Chemist and First Lady of Maryland from 1977 to 1979[13]
Helen Taft Manning 1915 Historian, professor and dean of Bryn Mawr College, suffragist, daughter of President William Howard Taft[14]
Gerald Mara Ph.D. Dean and Professor of Government at Georgetown University
Jacqueline Mars 1961 Heiress to Mars candy fortune
Leslie Marshall journalist and novelist
Berthe Marti M.A. 1926, Ph.D. 1934 Professor of Latin at Bryn Mawr College
Katharine McBride A.B. 1925 M.A. 1927 Ph.D. 1932 former president of Bryn Mawr College
Millicent Carey McIntosh 1920 head of the Brearley School and the first president of Barnard College. She was the first married woman to head one of the Seven Sisters, she was "considered a national role model for generations of young women who wanted to combine career and family," advocating for working mothers and for child care as a dignified profession.[15]
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[16]
Mary Meigs 1939 Writer[17]
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 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
Marion Edwards Park A.B. 1898 M.A. 1899 Ph.D. 1918 former president of Bryn Mawr College
Jo Ellen Parker 1975 current president of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh; former president of Sweet Briar College
Judith Peabody Socialite and philanthropist[18]
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. Rovner was the first woman appointed to the Seventh Circuit
Edith Finch Russell Author, biographer of Bryn Mawr College President M. Carey Thomas
Maggie Siff 1996 Actress, Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, Billions
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[19]
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
Kennedy Smith 1979 economic development planner for older and historic commercial districts
Deborah Spungen M.S.W. 1989 Author
Nettie Stevens Ph.D. 1903 Geneticist
Caroline Stevermer 1977 Fantasy writer
Nina Straight 1959 American author, journalist, and socialite.[20] She is the mother of writer/director Burr Steers and artist Hugh Auchincloss Steers, half-sister of Gore Vidal, step-sister of First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier and actress Lee Radziwill.[21]
Anne Strainchamps 1982 Host of "To the Best of our Knowledge"
Margaret Suckley 1912-14 (did not graduate) First archivist of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Mary Hamilton Swindler Ph.D. 1912 Former professor of archaeology of Bryn Mawr College
Olga Taussky-Todd Fellow Mathematician
Lily Ross Taylor Ph.D. 1912 Former professor and dean of Bryn Mawr College
Mary Elizabeth Taylor 2011 current White House Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs of Nominations for President Donald Trump. Forbes 30 under 30 2018
Dorothy Burr Thompson 1923 Archaeologist and art historian
Tony Thurmond MSS 1995, MSLP 1996 American politician and member of the California State Assembly
Adrian Tinsley 1958 former president of Bridgewater State University
Kaity Tong 1969 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
P. Gregory Warden M.A. 1976, Ph.D. 1978 president of Franklin University Switzerland
Carola Woerishoffer A. B. 1907 labor activist, endowed Bryn Mawr social work program
Michelle Zauner A.B. 2011 Musician, known for her bands Japanese Breakfast, Little Big League, and Post Post

Noted faculty and administrators[edit]

Noted fictional alumni[edit]


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