Four faculty members appointed to endowed professorships

Four faculty members — Ardis Butterfield, Grace Kao, Robert Stepto, and Harrison Zhou — have been appointed to endowed professorships.

Ardis Butterfield, named the Marie Borroff Professor of English, is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research is on Chaucer and nationhood; bilingualism and medieval linguistic identities; the literatures and music of France and England from the 13th to 15th centuries; continental and insular vernacular manuscripts and the relationships between them; city writing; the medieval lyric; and theories and histories of language, form, and genre. Read Butterfield’s announcement.

Grace Kao, appointed the IBM Professor of Sociology, is a quantitative sociologist who studies race, ethnicity, and immigration as they collectively relate to education and relationships among young people. Read Kao’s announcement.

Robert Stepto, designated the John M. Schiff Professor of English, focuses his research on the relation of literature to the visual arts and to folklore, literary history, and the “translation” of vernacular forms (for example, sermons or the blues) into written forms. Read Stepto’s announcement.

Harrison Zhou, named the Henry Ford II Professor of Statistics, conducts his research on asymptotic decision theory, high dimensional statistics, large covariance matrices estimation, Bayesian nonparametrics, and network analysis. Read Zhou’s announcement.

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