Incoming University of Bridgeport President Laura E. Skandera Trombley, PhD, has been honored by The Huntington Library as the recipient of The Dixon Wecter Distinguished Professor of American Literature Award.
Skandera Trombley will assume the presidency of UB on July 1, 2018.
She is president emerita of The Huntington Library and Pitzer College and chair emerita of the William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
The Huntington recognized Skandera Trombley as a “preeminent academic within the field of 19th-century American literature and specifically as a world-class scholar of Mark Twain’s life and literature.”
“The trustees congratulate and recognize Professor Skandera Trombley for her myriad contributions to the humanities and specifically to the field of Mark Twain studies. Her research is of the highest quality and her passion for Mark Twain scholarship inspires her colleagues and her students alike. Her work, like Dixon Wecter’s, will set an inspiring and influential course for future generations of scholars,” said Loren Rothschild, chair of the Board of Trustees.
“Researching and writing about Mark Twain has been one my greatest joys. He is endlessly interesting and revealing, and as a Twain biographer, I am in complete agreement with his observation: ‘It is no use to keep private information which you can’t show off.’ Being a member of the worldwide community of Twain scholars has enriched my life, and it is on their behalf I accept this honor,” said Skandera Trombley.
Throughout her career, Skandera Trombley has recast the image of Mark Twain, popularly viewed as one of America’s most iconic male writers, as a more nuanced individual with emerging feminist sympathies.