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Carleton College Announces Faculty Appointment to Endowed Chair Positions

September 18, 2017

The Carleton College Board of Trustees recently approved four faculty appointments to endowed chair positions: Barbara Allen, James Woodward Strong Professor of Political Science and the Liberal Arts; Scott Carpenter, Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professor of the Liberal Arts; Michael McNally, John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies; and Lori Pearson, David and Marian Adams Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities.

Barbara Allen joined the Department of Political Science at Carleton in 1988. She earned her BA, MA, and PhD from Indiana University. At Carleton, Allen teaches courses in American politics, feminist theory, and politics and the media. She has served as contributing editor to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University and has written extensively on the political thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Alexis de Tocqueville. In addition to being awarded the American Political Science Association Rowan and Littlefield Innovations in Teaching Award in 2005, she has received fellowships for various projects from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bush Foundation, and the Earhart Foundation. In 2012, she was named the first Senior Research Fellow of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University and continues to hold that position.

The James W. Strong Chair in Liberal Arts was established in 1984 to help Carleton address a crucially important issue of how to bring fresh people and fields into a college structured along traditional disciplinary lines.

Scott D. Carpenter taught at Trinity University for three years before joining the Carleton faculty in 1990. He earned his BA in French, English, and Latin Classics, as well as his MA in French, from the University of Minnesota. His PhD in French was earned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Carleton, Carpenter teaches courses in 18th and 19th century French literature, as well as a theory course shared by all the language/culture programs. In 2015, Carpenter introduced Creative Travel Writing, a course designed to help students tell the story of their own study abroad. Carpenter often participates in study abroad, directing ten term-length programs in France, with supplemental travel to Berlin, Madrid, and Morocco, deepening the study of societies historically in dialogue with France. He is the author of two books on 19th century literature and co-authored a reader of French short stories. He has also published a novel (Theory of Remainders) and his own collection of stories (This Jealous Earth).

The Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Endowed Professorship in the Liberal Arts was established in 1999 to recognize and honor outstanding faculty members whose teaching, personal qualities, and service to Carleton help students and faculty recognize their own responsibilities for the ongoing vitality and strength of the College.

Michael D. McNally ‘85 joined Carleton’s religion department in 2001. He received a BA in history from Carleton, and a MDiv, AM, and PhD in the study of religion from Harvard University. McNally is a respected teacher in his two fields, religion and American culture and Native American religious traditions. He is perhaps best known for academic civic engagement pedagogies in his Native courses, projects that wed cultural learning with community responsibility in the pedagogical traditions of oral indigenous communities. McNally is the author of two books: Ojibwe Singers: Hymns, Grief and a Native Culture in Motion and Honoring Elders: Aging, Authority, and Ojibwe Religion. He is the editor of a third book, The Art of Tradition: Sacred Music, Dance & Myth of Michigan’s Anishinaabe, and has published many articles in American Quarterly, American Indian Quarterly, Church History, and the Journal of Law and Religion. His work has been honored through fellowships with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Mellon New Directions Fellowship, as well as a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship which will allow him to finish his next book, Native American Religious Freedom Beyond the First Amendment.

The John M. and Elizabeth Musser Chair in Religious Studies was established in 1997 to continue the Musser’s support of religious studies and commitment to the breadth of the liberal arts education at Carleton.

Lori K. Pearson joined the department of religion at Carleton in 2003. She earned her BA in philosophy and religion from St. Olaf College and her MTS and ThD from Harvard Divinity School. She is a scholar of the history of Christian theology and philosophy of religion, particularly in the modern period of Europe and America and teaches a wide range of courses related to Christian tradition, philosophy of religion, gender studies, race, and modern theories of religion. Her scholarship focuses on the dialogue between tradition and modernity in 19th century German Protestant thought. She has published books on Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923) and Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834), and is currently writing a book on religion and social theory in the work of Marianne Weber (1870-1954), today remembered as wife of Max Weber but known in her own time as an influential public intellectual and advocate for women’s rights in Germany in the early 1900s. Pearson has been awarded a New Directions Grant from the Mellon Foundation, a research fellowship from the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard University, the American Academy of Religion, and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

The Bryn-Jones Professorship was created to honor distinguished teaching.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of the College at (507) 222-4303.