2008 Alice Griffin Fellow: Professor Jean Howard

Columbia University


Professor Jean Howard began her career at Syracuse University in 1975, where she received the first university-wide Wasserstrom Prize for excellence as a teacher and mentor of graduate students.

A prestigious scholar, she has also received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon, Folger, and Newberry Library fellowships. Professor Howard is currently Chair of English at Columbia University. She served as director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and president of the Shakespeare Association of America. Her teaching interests include Shakespeare, Tudor, and Stuart drama; early modern poetry; modern drama; feminist and Marxist theory; and the history of feminism.

Professor Howard has published five books, including: Shakespeare's Art of Orchestration: Stage Technique and Audience Response; The Stage and Social Struggle in Early Modern England; and, with Dr. Phyllis Rackin of the Penn faculty, Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare's English Histories. She is the co-editor of The Norton Shakespeare and the general editor of the Bedford Contextual Editions of Shakespeare.