For the Record: Gabrielle Spiegel Elected President of
Gabrielle Spiegel, a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor,
chair of the History
Department and dean of the faculty of the Krieger
School of Arts and Sciences, has been elected president of
the American Historical Association. The AHA is the largest
and oldest association of historians in the United States,
and its presidency represents the greatest honor that can
be bestowed upon an American historian.
Spiegel is the first serving member of the History
Department to be so honored since Philip Curtin in 1983.
Her election represents a double honor for the department
because she also received her doctorate from Johns Hopkins,
Spiegel, a historian of the Middle Ages, is the author
or editor of four books and more than 40 academic articles.
Among the books are Romancing the Past: The Rise of
Vernacular Prose Historiography in Thirteenth-Century
France (University of California Press, 1993) and
The Past as Text: The Theory and Practice of Medieval
Historiography (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997).
Her article "History, Historicism and the Social Logic of
the Text in the Middle Ages," which appeared in
Speculum in 1990, has been hailed as one of the most
important analyses of medieval historiography ever written,
and a critical intervention in debates over historians' use
of postmodern theory. It has been widely reprinted,
translated and commented upon, and won the article prize of
the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.
Before coming to Johns Hopkins for her doctorate,
Spiegel received a bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr
College. She taught at the University of Pennsylvania and
at the University of Maryland, College Park, before joining
the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1993. She was named a
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in 2003 and dean of the
faculty in 2005. She has also taught at the L'Ecole des
Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and served as
dean of the humanities at UCLA. She has held fellowships
from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, among
many other honors.
Spiegel will serve as president-elect of the AHA
during 2007 and assume her duties as president at the
January 2008 conference in Washington, D.C.
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