Keohane, Nannerl O., 1940-....

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Professor of political science and president of Duke University (1993 to 2004).

From the description of Oral history interview with Nannerl O. Keohane, 2004. (Duke University). WorldCat record id: 59759730

Nannerl O. Keohane served as Duke University's eighth president, from 1993 to 2004. She was born in Blytheville, Ark., and grew up in Arkansas, Texas, and South Carolina. Her parents, who were great music lovers, named her after Mozart's musically talented sister, Nannerl. Her father, James Overholser, a Presbyterian minister, went on to earn a doctorate in theology and taught religion and theology at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Her mother, Grace Overholser White, worked as a reporter before marriage and then, later in life, taught English and served as dean at St. Andrews.

Nan Keohane was valedictorian of her Hot Springs (Ark.) High School. She is a 1961 graduate of Wellesley College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors in political science. Following graduation from Wellesley, she was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to Oxford University, where she earned the B.A.-M.A. with First Class Honors in philosophy, politics, and economics. She received her Ph.D. in political science in 1967 from Yale, where she was a Sterling Fellow and, later, was awarded the Wilbur Cross Medal in recognition of her distinguished service as an alumna.

Before assuming the presidency of Wellesley in 1981, she taught at Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University, where she was chair of the faculty senate and won the Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Keohane has written extensively in the fields of political philosophy, feminism and education. She is the author of Philosophy and the State in France: The Renaissance to the Enlightenment (Princeton University Press, 1980) and co-editor of Feminist Theory: A Critique of Ideology (University of Chicago Press, 1982). She was vice president of the American Political Science Association from 1988 to 1990.

Keohane has served on the boards of IBM, the National Humanities Center, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and chairs the Overseers Committee to Visit the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

She has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees by numerous colleges and universities. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in October 1995, and won the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement in 1998.

From the guide to the Nannerl O. Keohane Reference Collection, ., 1993 - 2004, (University Archives, Duke University)

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referencedIn Duke University. Auxiliary Services. Media Services. Media Services audio and video recordings, 1963-2005. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Nannerl O. Keohane Reference Collection, ., 1993 - 2004 University Archives, Duke University.
referencedIn Allen, Nancy, 1952-. Oral history interview with Nancy Allen, 2006. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
creatorOf Keohane, Nannerl O., 1940-. Oral history interview with Nannerl O. Keohane, 2004. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
creatorOf Duke University. University Archives. Nannerl O. Keohane reference collection, 1993-2004. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Duke University. University Archives. James B. Duke Society Reference Collection, 1997-ongoing. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
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associatedWith Duke University. School of Nursing. corporateBody
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