Three decades after suing Brown University for sexual discrimination after being denied tenure, Louise Lamphere, an anthropology professor, has given Brown $1-million to create a visiting professorship in gender studies.
Ms. Lamphere’s gift will establish a two-year joint appointment, to be called the Louise Lamphere Visiting Professorship, for young faculty members to teach in women’s studies and another department, The Brown Daily Herald reported.
Ms. Lamphere’s class-action lawsuit, filed in 1977, changed how Brown hired and promoted its faculty members (see this 1992 article from The Chronicle). It was settled with a consent decree that included timetables for hiring female faculty members and promotion and hiring guidelines for all faculty members. The decree was annulled 14 years later, in 1992.
Ms. Lamphere, who now teaches at the University of New Mexico, told the student newspaper that she had chosen to establish the professorship at Brown because she was inspired by the leadership of Ruth J. Simmons, its president, and because the university best matched her academic interests.
“Of all the places I’ve been, it’s probably the most well suited to do both anthropology and gender studies,” she said.
Later this month, Brown’s anthropology department will hold a conference in Ms. Lamphere’s honor on the past and future of gender studies. —Kathryn Masterson