Arthur Hobson Quinn Professor
SAS Dean Samuel H. Preston
is pleased to announce that Dr. Greg Urban, professor
of anthropology, has been appointed the Arthur Hobson
Quinn Professor of Anthropology after serving a five-year
term as the Class of 1965 Endowed Term Professor.
After he completed his B.A.,
M.A., and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, Dr. Urban remained
there for two years as the William Rainey Harper Teaching
Fellow. He came to Penn in 1994 following 14 years of faculty
service at the University of Texas.
As the chair of the Department
of Anthropology, Dr. Urban has recently embarked on an initiative
to invigorate the undergraduate program. By overseeing the
launch of innovative courses ranging from Witchcraft in
the Modern World to The Information Age: Culture,
Technology, and Economics, he is leading the department's
efforts to incorporate contemporary themes of business, medicine,
and society into anthropological scholarship. In addition
to his appointment, Dr. Urban is a member of the Graduate
Group in Linguistics and serves as a Latin American and Latino
Studies Program executive committee member.
Dr. Urban is a noted scholar
in areas of cultural and linguistic anthropology; culture
theory; discourse; corporations and culture; South American
Indians; and metaculture. Distinguished research in these
fields has earned him fellowship and grant support from the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Center for Advanced Study in
the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, John Simon
Guggenheim Foundation, and Social Science Research Council.
Dr. Urban was also recognized for his outstanding teaching
with a Texas Excellence Teaching Award.
The author or editor of seven
books, Dr. Urban received the American Ethnological Society
Senior Book Prize for his Metaphysical Community: The
Interplay of the Senses and the Intellect. His articles
have been included in publications such as the International
Journal of American Linguistics, Semiotica, and
the Latin American Research Review. His latest article, "Metasignaling
and Language Origins" was published in a recent volume
of American Anthropologist.
This chair was created by an
anonymous donor to honor Arthur Hobson Quinn, an 1894 graduate
of the University who went on to become an English professor
and a preeminent scholar of American literature and drama.
In 1912, Professor Quinn was named the first dean of the
College faculty under the initial system that differentiated
the College from other Schools at Penn. In 1946, he received
Penn's Alumni Award of Merit.