The Board of Regents at the University of Michigan recently named a Collegiate Professorship in honor of Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Princeton School for Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. The professorship was established through Michigan's Provost Office and will be known as the Kim Lane Scheppele Collegiate Professorship in Women's and Gender Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
The Collegiate Chair will be held by Anna Kirkland, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Women's and Gender Studies; director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, with courtesy appointments in Sociology, Political Science, and Health Management and Policy. She was a fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton from 2010 to 2011.
The University of Michigan awards collegiate professorships to especially prominent members of the faculty for a five-year renewable term. Chairs can be named for former Michigan faculty members, either active or at another institution, retired, or deceased. Michigan's Board of Trustees approved Anna Kirkland's recommendation to name her chair in tribute to Kim Lane Scheppele. Professor Scheppele joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1984 as an assistant professor of political science and was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in 1990. She resigned from the university in 1996 to join the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and joined the faculty at Princeton University in 2005.