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Endowed Chairs

The McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences is host to four endowed chairs.

  • The Freed Chair in Social Science, endowed through a gift from the Gerald Freed Foundation, is occupied by Professor of Political Science Rekha Datta.
  • The Jules Plangere Jr. Chair in American Social History, endowed through a gift of former Board Chair and Trustee Emeritus Jules Plangere Jr. HN ‘86, is occupied by Professor of History Katherine Parkin.
  • The Wayne D. McMurray-Bennett Endowed Chair in the Humanities is occupied by Professor of English Kristen Bluemel.
  • The Helen McMurray Bennett Endowed Chair of Social Ethics Is occupied by Associate Professor of Sociology Johanna Foster.

We also share an endowed chair with the School of Science:

  • The Rechnitz Family Urban Coast Institute Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy, endowed through a gift from Joan and Robert Rechnitz, is currently vacant.