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Ombudsman: Thadious Davis

September 13, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03

Dr. Thadious M. Davis, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of English, has agreed to serve as the University Ombudsman, effective on September 1, 2011, President Gutmann announced recently.  Dr. Davis will succeed Dr. Joan Goodman.  “Dr. Davis’ excellent judgment and exemplary record as a University citizen and mentor will be employed to very good effect on behalf of the Penn community.  I am delighted that she has agreed to take on this important role.”

Dr. Davis joined Penn’s faculty on July 1, 2004.  Previously, she held tenured faculty positions at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Brown University, and Vanderbilt University where she was the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English. Dr. Davis is the author of five books, including the forthcoming Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region, & Literature. She has served as the editor of numerous reference books and edited collections. Dr. Davis has lectured and taught in Europe and Asia, including the International Falkner Symposium at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan.  She also served as the Walt Whitman Chair in American Civilization, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.  Dr. Davis has served as a fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and the Huntington Library in California where she held the R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellowship.

Almanac - September 13, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03