Jenson to Step Down as FHI Director in December 2017

Deborah JensonDeborah Jenson, director of the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) since 2015, will step down from that position in December 2017.

Jenson, who is also Professor of Romance Studies and Global Health, will continue to serve as co-director of the FHI Health Humanities Lab, which she helped found in 2016.

“This was a difficult and deliberate decision, but one that I made to both maximize my health and allow me to return to book projects, departmental life, and research engagements,” said Jenson. “I look forward to concluding the Mellon Humanities Futures FHI grant in December, hosting a capstone Humanities Futures conference in September and leading FHI’s first external review in the fall.”

FHI brings together faculty from 18 departments and programs in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences, along with students and outside scholars, to stimulate creative and fresh humanistic research, writing, and teaching at Duke. It is home to the Humanities Laboratories Initiative, the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI, and the Center for Philosophy, Arts and Literature, as well as a full schedule of public programs and workshops.

“Deborah has brought a new level of energy and creativity to FHI,” said Edward Balleisen, associate professor of history and Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. “I am delighted that she will continue to be engaged with FHI as a scholar and innovator.”

The search for the Jenson’s successor as director will begin this semester, Balleisen added.