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.

2022 Chair

Dr. Mariana OrtegaThe Association of Marquette University Women (AMUW) and Marquette’s Center for the Advancement of the Humanities are pleased to announce the selection of the 2022-2023 AMUW Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies. Dr. Mariana Ortega, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University, will join the Marquette Department of Philosophy in August.

Dr. Ortega is a leading theorist of Latina/x feminisms. Her work, including In-Between: Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self, emphasizes the importance of lived experience and embodiment in human understandings of social identity. She is known for her commitment to mentoring of people of color, especially Latinx people, and for founding the Latina/x Feminisms Roundtable, which fosters intellectual exchange among Latina/x people both inside and outside of the academy.

As the AMUW Chair, Dr. Ortega will deliver the Eleanor H. Boheim Distinguished Lecture, teach Philosophy and deliver the keynote address for the Midwest Society of Women in Philosophy conference. Dr. Ortega is eager to meet with Latinx students at Marquette and participate in the campus community more widely. 

“The Philosophy Department is thrilled to host Dr. Ortega,” says Assistant Professor Desiree Valentine. “We are looking forward to learning from and engaging with her during her time here.”

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.  



Previous AMUW Chairs

2021 Chair

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.

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.