Jean Elizabeth Howard, Ph.D.

Title: George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities
Company: Columbia University
Location: New York, New York, United States

Jean Elizabeth Howard, Ph.D., George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Renaissance drama and higher education.

One of the first scholars to examine early modern drama through a feminist perspective, Dr. Howard is a pioneer in the study of Renaissance drama and the humanities, having authored over 50 essays within her areas of expertise. A George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University since 1988, she previously served Syracuse University as an assistant and associate professor between 1975 and 1988. In addition, she has lent her considerable expertise to Brown University as a member and chair of the associate’s council at the Pembroke Center and as member and chair of the Presidential Advisory Diversity Council. She has further services on various committees for the Modern Language Association of America and on the boards of Shakespearian studies and Renaissance drama in affiliation with Shakespeare Quarterly, the Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, and Publications of the Modern Language Association of America.

The recipient of a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, Master of Philosophy from the University of London, and Doctor of Philosophy in Renaissance drama from Yale University, Dr. Howard received an honorary doctorate from Brown University in 2016. One of the co-editors of The Norton Shakespeare, the most widely-used teaching edition of Shakespeare across the globe, she has taught early modern English literatures, Shakespearian works, feminist studies, and theater history, including modern and contemporary playwrights. Growing up on a farm, she found that reading novels was her greatest exposure to the larger world. She attributes her passion for the profession to her dedicated literature teachers during high school and at Brown University.

The former president of the Shakespeare Association of America and chair of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University, Dr. Howard has garnered multiple accolades in light of her professional excellence. The recipient of the Barnard Hewitt Prize for Outstanding Work of Theater History for her essay “Theater of a City: The Places of London Comedy 1598-1642” in 2008, she was also named an Avery Stanton Distinguished Research Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Folger Fellow and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. Looking toward the future, she intends to complete a book she is writing on 20th century historical plays as well as a short book on Renaissance tragedy.

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