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J. Paul Hunter Named Director of Chicago Humanities Institute

J. Paul Hunter, Professor of English at the University of Chicago , has been named Director of the University’s Chicago Humanities Institute. He succeeds Arjun Appadurai, CHI’s first Director and the Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Professor in South Asian Languages & Civilizations, who will return to teaching and research.

CHI, established in 1991, serves as a facilitator of interdisciplinary projects between scholars in the humanities and other disciplines.

“I want to build up a higher profile for the humanities on campus and in the community,” Hunter said. “I think it’s important that we translate what we do in the humanities to make it understandable to the general public.”

“We are delighted to have Paul as the new director of CHI,” said Philip Gossett, Dean of the Humanities Division. “He has considerable administrative experience working with people in many different disciplines. He is an excellent person to develop the institute as a force in the humanities.”

Hunter begins his five-year term on July 1. He said he plans to spend most of his first year as Director conferring with the heads of departments and committees in the Humanities Division to gain a better understanding of their needs.

J. Paul Hunter, Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities, came to the University of Chicago in 1987 from the University of Rochester, where he was dean of arts and science. His research is in criticism and literary history relating to 18th-century English texts. His book Before Novels: The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction (1990) won the 1991 Louis Gottschalk Prize. He is the author of two widely used college textbooks, both in their sixth editions: Norton Introduction to Poetry and Norton Introduction to Literature, co-written with Jerome Beaty. Hunter is also co-editor with Beaty of New Worlds of Literature,an anthology of contemporary American writing by women, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Americans, Arab-Americans and African-Americans. He received his Ph.D. in 1963 from Rice University.
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