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June 9, 2003
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Five Professors Named to
Krieger-Eisenhower Chairs

Five faculty members in The Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences have been named to Krieger-Eisenhower Professorships in recognition of their scholarly achievement and devotion to the academic life of the university.

The Krieger-Eisenhower Professorships recognize outstanding members of the faculty and honor prominent Baltimorean Zanvyl Krieger's close friendship with Milton Eisenhower, the ninth president of Johns Hopkins. The professorships were established in 1992, at the time of Krieger's $50 million commitment to the School of Arts and Sciences, at that time the largest gift in Johns Hopkins history.

"Holders of the Krieger-Eisenhower Chairs are intended to embody the ideal of the scholar working within the academy, engaging in research of the highest quality while simultaneously enriching the intellectual lives of students and colleagues, both within the university and out," said Daniel Weiss, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. The five faculty members honored with Krieger-Eisenhower Professorships are:

Jonathan Bagger, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has spent 20 years studying the theory and phenomenology of supersymmetric extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics. He is also chair of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society and has been a member of the editorial board of the Johns Hopkins University Press. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1977 and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1983.

William Connolly of the Political Science Department. He has helped to reshape the field of political theory with his thesis that political thinking cannot be separated from the philosophy of being itself. His book, Terms of Political Discourse, was awarded the Benjamin Lippincott Prize by the American Political Science Association, given for books that continue to have an impact more than 15 years after publication. He has also served as chair of his department. He received his bachelor's degree at University of Michigan, Flint, and his PhD at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Michela Gallagher, chair of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She has contributed to the understanding of the neurobiology of learning and memory. She has served for six years as editor-in-chief of the journal Behavioral Neuroscience and has served as a member of the governing board of the American Psychological Society. She graduated from Colgate University in 1969 and received her Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1977.

Gabrielle Spiegel of the History Department. Internationally recognized as among the most creative and imaginative medieval historians today, she has transformed the study of historical writing in 12th and 13th century France. She has also served as a member of the board of editors of the American Historical Review and vice president of the Research Division of the American Historical Association. At Johns Hopkins, she has chaired her department and served as a member of the Academic Council. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1964 and earned her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1974.

Michael Williams, chair of the Philosophy Department, is a leading epistemologist and has defended the continuing interest of fundamental skeptical challenges to human knowledge while developing his own distinctive diagnosis of how and why those challenges ultimately fail. His books include Groundless Belief: An Essay on the Possibility of Epistemology and Unnatural Doubts: Epistemological Realism and the Basis of Skepticism. He received his bachelor's degree from Oxford University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

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