The University of Arizona inducted its newest class of Regents' and University Distinguished Professors in a campus ceremony on December 3, 2009.
The Regents' Professors include Susan Karant-Nunn, Fernando Martinez, and William Shuttleworth. The sole University Distinguished Professor this year is Jerzy Rozenblit. The Arizona Board of Regents approved their designations on March 12.
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The Regents' Professor award is the highest honor accorded by the University only to full professors for academic achievements that have earned them national and international acclaim.
Both designations come with a permanent $5,000 annual salary increase.
Susan Karant-Nunn is a challenging and animated teacher and director of the Division of Late Medieval and Reformation Studies at the UA, where she is one of the world's most distinguished scholars of Reformation history. Her specialization might seem far removed from the cultural concerns of this era, yet her groundbreaking interdisciplinary research on the religious history of early modern Europe (1400-1800) illuminates urgent contemporary questions.
Beginning with the 16th-century Protestant reformer Martin Luther, the Reformation sparked both national and international conflicts, leading to religious wars and the emigration of thousands seeking to escape persecution.
Karant-Nunn's pioneering work on the implications of religious rituals and emotions resonates far beyond the early modern period. Her studies of early modern women's history have been similarly influential, leading to new conceptions of how gender shaped the lives of both individuals and societies in periods of rapid cultural change.
Professor Lyndal Roper of Balliol College Oxford writes, "You are indeed fortunate to have someone of her stature to join in making Arizona the premier place for Reformation studies."
The recipient of many prestigious awards, including Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, Karant-Nunn has won international praise for her innovative research on the social history of the Reformation and for her ability to synthesize the economic, social, anthropological and psychological dimensions of her subject.
Doing leading work with 16th-century manuscripts, she has written four books, edited or co-edited five volumes and published more than 50 articles in learned journals. Her third book, The Reformation of Ritual, won the prestigious Roland Bainton Prize for the best book in Reformation history from the premier professional association in her field.
Karant-Nunn's illustrious reputation has won her invitations to teach and lecture in the leading institutions for early modern German history – Mainz, Berlin, Toronto, Göttingen, Tübingen – and to lecture on her research in universities throughout Europe and North America.
Karant-Nunn's leadership of the division of medieval and reformation studies has resulted in the department attracting some of the country's best young scholars in early modern studies, many of whom come to Arizona specifically to work with her.