At the January 27 meeting of CUNY’s board of trustees, Joan Richardson, a member of the doctoral faculty in English and comparative literature, was appointed Distinguished Professor. She is a leading international scholar of American literature and intellectual history and a preeminent Americanist.
Dr. Richardson received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012 and, earlier, a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Her books include A Natural History of Pragmatism: The Fact of Feeling from Jonathan Edwards to Gertrude Stein (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and a two-volume biography of the poet Wallace Stevens, and she coedited, with Frank Kermode, Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose (Library of America, 1997). A new work, Pragmatism and the American Experience: An Introduction, is forthcoming this year from Cambridge University Press. She has also published dozens of scholarly essays and book chapters.
After earning her bachelor’s degree at Queens College and a Ph.D. at the Graduate Center, she began her teaching career at LaGuardia Community College. She joined the doctoral faculty in 1987 and was appointed in 1994 to the English program at the Graduate Center, where has developed courses on American aesthetics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She also teaches in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.
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