The department is home to the Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair in Modern Italian History and the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History, held by Manisha Sinha.
Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair in Modern Italian History
Since its inception in 1992, the Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair in Modern Italian History was held by John A. Davis, a leading scholar of modern Italy. Under Davis’s leadership the EPNC developed a major graduate program, established contacts with Italian universities, promoted exchanges of graduate students, senior and junior faculty, and organized numerous scholarly conferences and workshops. In 1996 Davis was one of the founding editors of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, the leading English language peer review journal in the field.
James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History
The Draper Chair in American History was endowed by University of Connecticut graduates James L. and Shirley A. Draper for the support of research and teaching in the history of colonial America and of the United States down to the middle of the nineteenth century. Its establishment was designed to enhance and highlight the significance of the early American field in the graduate program in History at UConn. The Draper Chair is currently held by Manisha Sinha.