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1Name:  Dr. Kathy Eden
 Institution:  Columbia University
 Year Elected:  2019
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Subdivision:  402b
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1952
Kathy Eden, Chavkin Family Professor of English and Professor of Classics at Columbia University, studies the history of rhetoric, Renaissance humanism, and the way the rediscovery of ancient Greek and Roman works of literature and literary theory impacted the reading and writing practices of early modern Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. Her research has been supported by a number of foundations and institutions, including the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C., the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and All Souls, University of Oxford. In addition to publishing articles on texts as wide-ranging as Aristotle’s Poetics, Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine, Erasmus’ De copia, and Shakespeare’s King Lear, she is the author of a number of books, including Poetic and Legal Fiction in the Aristotelian Tradition (1986), Hermeneutics and the Rhetorical Tradition: Chapters in the Ancient Legacy and Its Humanist Reception (1997), Friends Hold All Things in Common: Tradition, Intellectual Property and the “Adages” of Erasmus (2001), winner of the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature, and The Renaissance Rediscovery of Intimacy (2012). Between 2008 and 2012 she served as editor of the Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook. At Columbia, where Eden also served as chair of the program of Literature Humanities, she has won several teaching awards, including the Mark Van Doren Award, the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the Great Teachers’ Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. Eden received her B.A. from Smith College and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.
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