AMUW Chair in Humanistic Studies

The Center for the Advancement of the Humanities is home to the Association of Marquette University Women Chair in Humanistic Studies. Established in 1963, the AMUW Chair in Humanistic Studies brings distinguished scholars to Marquette to teach, lecture and interact with students.

2021 Chair

Dana-Ain DavisThe Association of Marquette University Women (AMUW) and Marquette’s Center for the Advancement of the Humanities are pleased to announce the selection of the 2021-2022 AMUW Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies. Dr. Dána-Ain Davis, Professor of Urban Studies and Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will join the Marquette Department of Social and Cultural Studies for the fall 2021 semester.

Dr. Davis’s work focuses on race and reproduction. She is author, co-author, and editor of numerous articles and books, including Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth

As the AMUW Chair, Dr. Davis will deliver the Eleanor H. Boheim Distinguished Lecture, teach Anthropology, and host virtual salons with Dr. Sameena Mulla.

The chair is housed in Marquette’s Center for the Advancement of the Humanities. Drs. Alison Efford, Jane Peterson, Amanda Keeler, Melissa Ganz, and Tara Daly served on the faculty chair selection committee.  

The Chair in Humanistic Studies was endowed in 1963 through successful fundraising by AMUW members. The Boheim Lecture Series was established concurrently with a gift from Mary Boheim Finnigan, a friend of Marquette, in honor of her mother.

A group of alumnae formed the AMUW in 1938 to provide housing for women on campus. Since then, the organization has turned its focus to scholarships; annual awards to recognize outstanding graduating students, alumnae and female faculty members; and social, spiritual and educational events that bring women together.  

*photo credit:  Alex Irklievski


Previous AMUW Chairs

2020 Chair

Dr. Mariana Ortega was not able to be with us due to COVID-19. 

2019 Chair

Professor Frances R. Aparicio is Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, where she taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and directed the Latina and Latino Studies Program. Her scholarship has examined popular music and gender, transnational musics, the cultural politics of language among U.S. Latinx communities, and more recently, the multiple nationalities of Intralatinx in Chicago.

2018 Chair

Dr. N. Katherine Hayles is a professor Emerita at duke University where she served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Program in LIterature. She teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries.