Professor Mary C. Fuller will succeed Lily Tsai as Chair of the Faculty on July 1, 2023, after serving as Chair-elect during the current academic year. Mary is Professor of Literature and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow; she served as Associate Chair of the Faculty in 2011-13, and as Head of Literature 2013-19. Professors Annette Hosoi (Mechanical Engineering) and Elly Nedivi (Brain and Cognitive Science) will serve jointly as Associate Chairs of the Faculty.
Mary was born in Atlanta, to a family with deep roots in the South. Early on, her parents emigrated to Québec so that her father could teach chemical engineering at McGill. She had the good luck to attend public schools that were running what was then a pilot experiment in bilingual education for Anglophone students. She returned to the U.S. to attend Dartmouth College in the early years of coeducation, received a PhD in English and American Literature from Johns Hopkins, and joined the Literature faculty in 1990 after a year as visiting lecturer.