Faculty Members Honored with Named, Distinguished Service Professorships

Faculty Members Honored with Named, Distinguished Service Professorships

Three faculty members within the Division of the Humanities—Victor A. Friedman, Lenore Grenoble, and Larry F. Norman—have been recognized for their service and scholarship with named and distinguished professorships.

Victor A. Friedman, director of UChicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, has been named the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities. Friedman, PhD’75, works on the languages of the Balkans and Caucasus, and focuses on grammatical categories, contact linguistics, as well as sociolinguistics issues related to standardization, ideology, and identity. He has published more than a dozen books and edited works, as well as more than 300 scholarly articles and book reviews.


Lenore Grenoble has been named the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in Linguistics and the College. Grenoble specializes in Slavic and Arctic Indigenous languages, and her research focuses on the study of contact linguistics and language shift, discourse and conversion analysis, issues of language endangerment, and language attrition and revitalization. She authored Language Policy in the Former Soviet Union and co-authored Saving Languages: An Introduction to Language Revitalization.


Larry F. Norman, chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has been named the Frank L. Sulzberger Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures, Theater and Performance Studies and the College. Norman’s research focuses on French and European literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, and theater across the ages. He authored The Public Mirror: Molière and the Social Commerce of Depiction and The Shock of the Ancient: Literature and History in Early Modern France, which received the Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies from the Modern Language Association.

Read more about these honors at UChicago News.

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November 13, 2014