Advisory Board

Nancy J. Vickers

Nancy J. Vickers is both president emeritus and professor emeritus of French, Italian, and comparative literature at Bryn Mawr College. Before that she was the dean of curriculum and instruction in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and professor of French, Italian, and comparative literature at the University of Southern California. Vickers is a scholar in the fields of literary and cultural studies. Her interests range from Dante to Renaissance poetry to the transformations of the lyric genre as a result of changing technologies. Vickers received her A.B. in 1967 from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. from Yale in 1976. She has published numerous articles and was a coeditor of Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Differences in Early Modern Europe and A New History of French Literature, for which she and her colleagues received the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize in 1990. She taught French and Italian at Dartmouth College from 1973 until 1987, when she joined the University of Southern California faculty. Dartmouth awarded her its Presidential Medal for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in 1991. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Los Angeles, and a visiting fellow at Princeton University. Vickers has received awards for her excellence as a teacher from both Dartmouth College and the University of Southern California. She is currently president of the Dante Society of America and treasurer of the ACLS Board of Directors. During her tenure as President of Bryn Mawr College, Vickers presided over the $225 million “Challenging Women” campaign to support improvements in recruitment and retention of students and to spur academic innovation without increasing the size of the college. In the 11 years Vickers served as president, Bryn Mawr saw a 40-percent increase in undergraduate applications, and the college’s endowment nearly doubled in size.