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Bové, Delgado Appointed to Distinguished Professorships

February 14, 2005 Issue

By Patricia Lomando White

Paul A. Bové
Pitt has named Paul A. Bové a Distinguished Professor of English in the University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Richard Delgado a Distinguished Professor of Law in its School of Law.

Bové and Delgado each received the title of Distinguished Professor for “extraordinary” and “internationally recognized scholarly attainment” within their fields. Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg made the appointments based on the recommendations of Arts and Sciences Dean N. John Cooper and Pitt Provost James V. Maher for Bové, and law school Dean David Herring and Maher for Delgado.

Bové’s appointment became effective Jan. 1, Delgado’s on Feb. 1.

A professor of English at Pitt since 1984, Bové is the editor of boundary 2, an international journal of literature and culture published by Duke University Press; since 2003 he has coedited an annual Chinese volume of boundary 2, published by the People’s Literature Publishing House. He is the author of several books on such topics as culture, modernity, poetry, and intellectuals, including In the Wake of Theory (Wesleyan University Press, 1992), which was translated into Spanish by Antonio Méndez Rubio as En la Estela de la Teoría (Ediciones Cátedra, 1996); Mastering Discourse: The Politics of Intellectual Culture (Duke University Press, 1992); and Intellectuals in Power: A Genealogy of Critical Humanism (Columbia University Press, 1986), selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book. Bové is completing a book on Henry Adams, to be published by Harvard University Press, titled Henry Adams’s America, as well as a collection of essays, The End of Thinking.

A fellow in the Institute for Cultural Studies at the Universitat de València, Spain, Bové was appointed a research associate of the Unit for Cross Cultural Studies at the Centre for International Political Studies in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2000 and served as a member of the board of directors of the Institute of Postmodern Studies at the University of Beijing from 1994 to 1999.

Delgado, a leader of the critical race theory movement, joined the Pitt faculty in 2003 as the inaugural Derrick A. Bell Fellow and Professor of Law. A founding member of the Conference on Critical Race Theory, Delgado has written more than 100 journal articles and 15 books. His books have received numerous national book prizes, including six Gustavus Myers awards for outstanding work on human rights in North America. Delgado’s The Coming Race War (New York University Press, 1996) was selected by the American Library Association as its Choice Outstanding Academic Book, and his The Rodrigo Chronicles (New York University Press, 1995) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Both books also won the Gustavus Myers award. Delgado’s latest book, cowritten with his wife, Jean Stefancic, who also joined the Pitt faculty in 2003 as the Derrick A. Bell Scholar and Research Professor of Law, is How Lawyers Lose Their Way (Duke University Press, 2005).

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently designated Delgado as one of three leading Latino public intellectuals; he has been quoted extensively in major national print news media.



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