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Hood Honored with Paulsen ’49 Professorship

Under the recommendation of the Department of History, Endowed Chairs and the Interim Provost, the Office of the President has appointed Professor of History Clifton Hood for a second term to the George E. Paulsen ’49 Professorship, making Hood the first professor to hold the distinguished honor twice. Appointing a chair in American history and government, the Professorship recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates teaching excellence, commitment to students, scholarly and intellectual accomplishments and service to the Colleges’ community.

“It is an honor to be recognized by my department and the rest of the faculty, and to be reappointed means that in spades,” says Hood, who plans to complete his third book and start his next during the professorship. “As a faculty member, most of what we do is not in plain view, so to be recognized in this way is deeply meaningful.”

The George E. Paulsen ’49 Professorship was the sole chair under review this year. Hood is one of eight endowed chairs, including: Professor of Art and Architecture Ted Aub, Class of ’64 Chair; Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean, Donald R. Harter ’39 Chair; Professor of History Derek Linton, Joseph P. DiGangi Chair; Professor of Economics William Waller P’99, P’04, P’09, P’13, William R. Kenan Jr. Chair; Professor Emeritus of Education Pat Collins P’09, Lloyd Wright in Conservation Studies Chair; Professor of Chemistry Walter Bowyer, Philip J. Moorad ’28 and Margaret N. Moorad Chair; and Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, John Milton Potter Chair.

A member of the HWS faculty since 1992, Hood holds a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Washington University and a master’s and doctorate from Columbia University. His main fields of study include the upper-class living in New York City, historical memory and mass transit. He is the author of 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How they Transformed New York and last year’s acclaimed In Pursuit of Privilege: A History of New York City’s Upper Class and the Making of a Metropolis. He is currently working on a third book that examines imposters. A nationally recognized expert on the history of New York City, Hood has been featured in The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and programs for CNN and BBC.

The professorship is named for the late George E. Paulsen ’49, whose support for the Colleges continues to foster excellence in research, scholarship and teaching. Appointments for professorships are the result of strong recommendations from a scholar’s academic department, current endowed chairs and the Provost.

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