Nancy Siraisi Wins MacArthur Award

Nancy G. Siraisi, Hunter College’s distinguished professor emeritus of history, is one of 25 recipients of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s prestigious “genius awards,” presented annually to individuals for their creativity and contributions to their fields of work. Dr. Siraisi, who received her Ph.D in history from the Graduate Center in 1970, is an historian of medicine, focusing on the Renaissance. “It’s a wonderful expression of confidence in my work and a great encouragement (for me) to go on doing it,” she said of the award, which comes with a $500,000 cash prize. A history professor at Hunter and The Graduate Center for more than three decades, Dr. Siraisi, 76, who retired from teaching in 2003, discusses her research and how CUNY shaped her academic career.

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