Nancy Vickers is a Renaissance woman. Before she served as president of Bryn Mawr College for 11 years, she was an esteemed professor of French, Italian, and comparative literature specializing in literary and cultural studies. Her particular interest lies in Renaissance poetry, and she is a coeditor of Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe.
After graduating from Mount Holyoke, Vickers earned both her master’s and a doctorate in philosophy from Yale. Vickers has received teaching prizes at the University of Southern California and at Dartmouth, and she has served as a visiting faculty member at UCLA, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard.
Vickers’s numerous articles and scholarly publications have earned her great praise, including the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize in 1990, which she was awarded along with her coeditors for A New History of French Literature.
During Vickers’s time at Bryn Mawr, applications to the college increased by 40 percent, the endowment nearly doubled, and she led a fundraising campaign that reached three times the goal of the previous campaign.
She currently is president of the Dante Society of America and a former member of the Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees.