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Cathy N. Davidson

Cathy N. Davidson

Appointed By: Barack Obama
Date of Appointment: Wed, 2011-06-01
Term Expiration: Tue, 2016-01-26

Cathy N. Davidson is Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Futures Initiatives at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is Ruth F. DeVarney Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University where she served as the University’s first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and was the cofounding codirector of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.  She is cofounder and director of HASTAC, the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, a network of educators dedicated to new models of learning for the digital age. In addition, Professor Davidson is past President of the American Studies Association, former editor of the journal American Literature, and codirects the annual Digital Media and Learning Competitions administered by HASTAC and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as well as the CUNY Humanities Alliance supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is author or editor of some twenty books including, forthcoming in September 2017, The New Education:  How To Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux. She received her BA in English and Philosophy from Elmhurst College and her PhD in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton.