Stanley Chodorow has been Provost at the University of Pennsylvania since 1994. As Penn's Provost, Dr. Chodorow is the chief academic officer, responsible for the quality of the academic programs, for research, for student life, and for significant campus institutions including the libraries and the University Museum. He leads the 21st Century Project on the Undergraduate Experience and the development of the Perelman Quadrangle, a new student activities-campus center. He also continues to teach and do research in his field.
Dr. Chodorow is a medieval historian. He began his career at the University of California at San Diego in 1968. When he left UCSD in 1994, he was Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Dean of Arts and Humanities. At the University of California at San Diego, Dr. Chodorow also won three prizes for excellence in teaching.
As a scholar, Dr. Chodorow specializes in medieval political and legal thought. He is an expert on medieval law. He has won the Elliott Prize from the Medieval Academy of America and the Best Book Award from the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch.
Dr. Chodorow received his B.A. in Government (1964) and Ph.D. in History (1968) from Cornell University. He has also studied law as a postgraduate fellow at the Boalt Hall School of Law, at the University of California at Berkeley. He has held fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (Bonn), the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Currently, he chairs the boards of the Stephan Kuttner Institute of Medieval Canon Law (Munich, Germany) and of the Council on Library and Information Resources (Washington D.C.).