Four professors, including one new arrival to the University, have
been nominated by their colleges to the rank
of Distinguished Professor.
Deborah Tannen, who is joining the Lehman College faculty after
12 years as a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, is
the author of several popular books, including You Just Don't Understand:
Women and Men in Conversation. The book was on the New York Times
best-seller list for almost four years, including eight months as Number
1. Tannen is the author of more than 80 scholarly articles.
Edwin G. Burrows, who has been teaching at Brooklyn College since
1974, is the co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gotham: A History
of New York City to 1898. Virginia Valian, a professor of psychology
at Hunter College since 1987, is the author of Why So Slow?, an examination
of the social forces that hinder womens advancement that has achieved
an impact outside the academic field. Carl Riskin, who came to
Queens College in 1974, is a leading authority on income distribution,
poverty and hunger in China. Several of his books have been described
by reviewers as classics in the field.
The nominations are to be acted on by the Trustees at their June meeting.