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Two Endowed Chairs for History Professors

School of Arts and Sciences Dean Samuel H. Preston is pleased to announce two chair appointments. 

Barbara Savage
Margo Todd

Dr. Barbara D. Savage, professor of history, has been appointed the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought. She has been a member of the Penn faculty since 1995. Her research and teaching center on African American history, the historical relationship between media and politics, and African American religious history. She received a Ph.D. in history from Yale in 1995, and also holds a J.D. from Georgetown and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Savage's publications include Broadcasting Freedom:  Radio, War and the Politics of Race, 1938-1948 (UNC Press, 1999) which won the Hoover Book Award for the best book in American history in the period 1916-1966.  She is currently completing a book on religion and African American political culture in the twentieth century. Dr. Savage has held fellowships at the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture at the New York Public Library, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton, and the Smithsonian Institution. 

At Penn, Dr. Savage has served as undergraduate chair for the history department and on numerous faculty search and advisory committees, including the Curriculum Committee, the Faculty Editorial Board of the Penn Press, and the Advisory Board of the Center for Africana Studies.  She is currently a member of the Consultative Committee for the selection of the University's next president.

While attending graduate school, Dr. Savage was director of federal relations in the General Counsel's Office at Yale. Prior to that, she was counsel to a U.S. Senate subcommittee; a Congressional staff director; and a senior staff attorney and assistant to the president of the Children's Defense Fund.

Bernard (C '28, L '31, Hon '69), and Geraldine, (Ed '30, Gr '78) Segal created this chair in 1978 when the late Geraldine Segal completed her Ph.D. in sociology at Penn. She was the author of In Any Fight Some Fall and Blacks and the Law.  The late Bernard Segal, a former University Trustee, was one of America's most respected lawyers and received Penn's Alumni Award of Merit in 1977. This chair is interdisciplinary in nature and is intended for a scholar of national reputation whose central interests include human rights, civil liberties, and race relations.

Dr. Margo Todd, who joined Penn this summer, has been appointed the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, following her service as associate professor of history and director of graduate studies at Vanderbilt University.  

After completing an A.B. from Tufts University, Dr. Todd earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington University. She teaches courses on British history, the history of religion in early modern Europe and Anglo-America, and intellectual and cultural history.

Dr.  Todd is the author of Christian Humanism and the Puritan Social Order, Reformation to Revolution: Politics and Religion in Early Modern England, and The Culture of Protestantism in Early Modern Scotland, which received this year's Longman History Today Prize for book of the year.  She recently completed articles on the theological disputes at the Dutch Synod of Dort, the Scottish bishop William Cowper, and parochial education in post-Reformation Scotland.  The latter will appear in an upcoming Review of Scottish Culture.

Dr. Todd's latest research project explores the history of the royal burgh of Perth in the 16th and 17th centuries. She has received numerous honors for her research on early modern English and Scottish history and the culture of reformed Protestantism in Britain and early America, including a Royal Historical Society Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship, and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship.

The Walter H. Annenberg Professorship in History was endowed by the Honorable Leonore Annenberg and the late Honorable Walter Annenberg in 1989. The Annenbergs endowed many chairs in SAS and made countless contributions to Penn, including the founding of the Annenberg School for Communication in 1958.



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 5, September 23, 2003