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May 23, 2006

Longtime Smith Professor Recognized for Teaching, Scholarship

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.— Howard Nenner, the Roe/Straut Professor in the Humanities, recently received Smith College’s Honored Professor Award, bestowed on a faculty member for long and distinguished service to the college. Since 1987, the award has been presented annually during the college's commencement ceremony.

Nenner, who joined the Smith faculty 38 years ago, received the award from President Carol T. Christ at the May 21 commencement ceremony. “Smith College is proud to honor a fine teacher, scholar, and cherished colleague,” said Christ.

After earning a bachelor’s degree at Queens College in New York City, Nenner received his law degree from Columbia University. He practiced law for several years before deciding to return to academia for a doctorate in history, which Nenner received from the University of California at Berkeley.

His early legal career clearly shaped his scholarly interests, said Christ. Nenner’s critically acclaimed books and essays focus on legal culture, constitutional politics, and political imagination in 17th century England.

Nenner’s numerous awards and honors include being named a Fellow in Legal History of the American Bar Association, a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Legal History, and an officer and executive committee member of the North American Conference on British Studies. At Smith, he has served on and chaired many committees, including the self-study committee at the time of the college’s last re-accreditation review.


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