Honoring Kim Lane Scheppele and JSP grad Anna Kirkland

November 28, 2022

Please join us in congratulating former LSA President Kim Lane Scheppele who was recently named for a Collegiate Professorship at the University of Michigan. The chair will be known as the Kim Lane Scheppele Collegiate Professorship in Women’s and Gender Studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. The Chair is currently held by LSA member Anna Kirkland who nominated Kim to be the name for the Collegiate Professorship.

Prof. Scheppele described her selection as follows:

I am honored by the award but should explain how a faculty member who has not yet retired gets a chair named after her in a university in which she no longer teaches!  

The real honor goes to Anna Kirkland, who is a professor of gender studies with appointments in sociology, political science and the school of public health at Michigan.  A JD/PhD grad of Berkeley’s JSP program, Anna has done important work at the intersection of gender and health.  Her most recent book, Vaccine Court, documents both the workings of this US federal court that hears only cases involving vaccine side-effects and the anti-vax movement that overloaded the court with cases.  This 2016 book obviously became even more timely during the pandemic.  Anna is now writing importantly about the controversy over gender-affirming health care and other hot topics!

Anna was awarded a Collegiate Professorship at Michigan for her excellent work.  Michigan allows the awardees of College Professorships to name the chair after a past or current member of the Michigan faculty who has inspired the awardee.    And Anna chose me!    She got to pick me out of a lineup because I taught at Michigan from 1984-1996.    Of course, there was some bureaucracy involved.  Her choice then went through a whole process to determine whether I was qualified to be the name on the chair, up through and including a vote of the Michigan trustees.    So while I am deeply honored to receive this designation, I should note that the real inspiration for the award came from Anna, whose many accomplishments resulted in the award of the Collegiate Professorship, to which I am absolutely delighted to lend my name.

The Board of Regents at the University of Michigan recently named a Collegiate Professorship in honor of Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Princeton School for Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values.The professorship was established through Michigan's Provost Office and will be known as the ...