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Rosalind Krauss, Jeremy Waldron Named University Professors

Rosalind Krauss

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger and Provost Alan Brinkley have announced the appointment of art history professor Rosalind Krauss and law professor Jeremy Waldron as University Professors, the institution's highest faculty rank. The appointment, approved by the Trustees at their December meeting, recognizes exceptional scholarly merit and distinguished service to Columbia.

"Rosalind Krauss and Jeremy Waldron exemplify the outstanding scholarship and instructional leadership that characterizes Columbia University faculty," President Bollinger said. "Rosalind's scholarship has transformed the field of modern art criticism and further distinguishes Columbia 's art history programs. Jeremy is one of the world's leading legal philosophers and is an exceptionally dedicated teacher. It is appropriate that they are recognized for their efforts to cultivate a new generation of scholars and to make Columbia a leading university for the study of art history and jurisprudence."

Provost Brinkley added, "I am delighted that we are able to recognize two such extraordinary scholars, who are also such important and valued citizens of the University."

Krauss is the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory, director of the master's program in modern art and a leading critical voice among modern art historians. She has taught at Columbia since 1992 and is the founder of the master's program in critical and curatorial studies.

Jeremy Waldron

An esteemed art historian, Krauss is a specialist in 20 th -century art. She
has published several books, including: Bachelors (2000); Formless: A User's Guide (2000); The Picasso Papers (1999); A Voyage on the North Sea : Art in the Age of the Post-medium Condition (1999); October: The Second Decade, 1986-1996 (1998); The Optical Unconscious (1994); and The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths (1986). The latter is one of the most widely read books on modern art and cultural theory. Her writings have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. She is co-founder and editor of the journal October, which examines relationships between the arts and their critical and social contexts. She also publishes regularly in Artforum, Art International and Art in America.

Krauss has served as a visiting curator at such leading museums as the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum . She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. Prior to joining Columbia, Krauss taught at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (as distinguished professor); Princeton; MIT; and Wellesley. She holds an A.B. from Wellesley College (1962) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard (1964, 1969).

Waldron, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, is the director of Columbia 's Center for Law and Philosophy. He began teaching at Columbia in 1997 and works in the area that connects jurisprudence, theories of politics, and moral and political philosophy. Waldron is regarded as one of the top legal philosophers of his generation and is one of the most respected and influential of all political philosophers.

He has written on a wide range of issues in social, legal and political philosophy. His books include: God, Locke and Equality (2002); Law and Disagreement (1999); The Dignity of Legislation (1999); Liberal Rights: Collected Papers 1981-91 (1993); Nonsense Upon Stilts: Bentham, Burke and Marx on the Rights of Man (ed. 1988); and The Right to Private Property (1988). He is the associate editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy and a member of the editorial boards of Australasian Journal of Philosophy and Ethics.

A native of New Zealand, Waldron regularly returns to the country to teach at Victoria University of Wellington. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998. Prior to joining Columbia, Waldron taught at Princeton; University of California, Berkeley; University of Edinburgh; Oxford University; and University of Otago. He holds a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Otago (1974, 1978) and an M.A. and D. Phil. from Oxford (1980, 1986).

The appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2005.

Published: Dec 10, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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