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Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2013


Nannerl O. Keohane writes and teaches political philosophy, leadership, and feminist theory; her current research is focused on inequality and gender issues. After graduating from Wellesley College, she received a master’s degree at St. Anne’s College, at Oxford University, and a PhD at Yale University, and then went on to teaching positions at Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. Keohane herself has broken the glass ceiling in the academic world, becoming the first female president of both a women’s college, Wellesley, and a major research university, Duke. For her three decades of service to the field of education she has been recognized with a dozen honorary degrees, including from Harvard University, Dartmouth College, and Smith College. She is the author of Thinking about Leadership (2010), Higher Ground: Ethics and Leadership in the Modern University (2006), Philosophy and the State in France (1980), and the co-editor of Feminist Theory: a Critique of Ideology (1981). Keohane is a current board member of the Harvard Corporation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.