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Lora Wildenthal is a historian of modern German, European women and gender, modern colonialism, and human rights.  A Rice alumna (Hanszen 1987), she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1994 and was a faculty member at Pitzer College, M.I.T., and Texas A&M University.  She came to Rice in 2003 and is currently Professor of History and an affiliated faculty member in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

She is the author of The Language of Human Rights in West Germany (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) and German Women for Empire, 1884-1945 (Duke University Press, 2001), and has edited or co-edited two further books. More details can be found on her webpage in Rice’s Department of History. She teaches world history, the history of feminism, German history, and the history of human rights, and is co-instructor of the year-long, campus-wide undergraduate research course named Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP).

As Associate Dean of Humanities, she seeks to strengthen communication across departments in the School, especially among department chairs, Directors of Undergraduate Studies, and Directors of Graduate Studies. She is also concerned with increasing the visibility of the humanities among current and prospective undergraduates. She seeks to contribute to the community among existing humanities undergraduates and graduate students, and to that end she is the administrative contact person for the Humanities Graduate Student Association and Litterarum Lumen, the undergraduate organization for students in the humanities.