This week, our lunch will feature Nan Keohane, a distinguished political theorist who has been president of both Wellesley College and Duke University. At the moment, she is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Center for Human Values.
Nan Keohane has published the Philosophy and the State in France: Renaissance to the Enlightenment (Princeton 1980) and Higher Ground: Ethics and Leadership in the Modern University (Duke 2006), as well as essays on feminism, the history of political thought and higher education. As a political theorist, her major teaching and research interests are in leadership and inequality, with a particular emphasis on gender issues and the role of institutions, law and public policy in creating (or obstructing) opportunities for women around the world. She 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. In 2003, she was one of the first-ever recipients of the Marshall Medal, presented by Prince Charles.