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Regents appoint UCR English scholar as University Professor

Regents appoint UCR English scholar as University Professor

(March 15, 2001)

The University of California Regents this week bestowed the title of University Professor on Emory Elliott, professor of English at the University of California, Riverside.

The title of University Professor is reserved for scholars of international distinction who are also respected as teachers of exceptional ability. Elliott, an internationally known scholar of American literature and culture, received the honor on Wednesday, March 14. The appointment allows these distinguished scholars to visit other UC campuses to give special seminars and presentations and meet with students and faculty.

Elliott is the second UCR faculty member to be named a University Professor. Professor of Botany Arturo Gomez-Pompa received the prestigious appointment in 1999.

In addition to his faculty appointment, Elliott serves as director of the Center for Ideas and Society. Established in 1988, the center carries out multi-disciplinary collaborative research and hosts visiting faculty to work with UCR professors. The center shares its research findings with the community through conferences, seminars and lectures.

Under his leadership, the center is playing a key role in defining and articulating the agenda for the humanities in the next decade, especially for research in literary and cultural studies. In 1998, the center hosted a major international conference - "Aesthetics and Difference: Cultural Diversity, Literature and the Arts" - which examined how the cultural diversity of the United States has been changing the forms of cultural expression in this country and around the world.

Since then, Elliott has secured major grants from the Ford and Rockefeller foundations for projects that study the impact of cultural diversity on society and the arts in the United States. The grants will fund visits by prominent researchers to the campus and conferences on issues surrounding cultural changes brought about by global trade, travel and cyber communications, among other activities.

Elliott, who joined UCR in 1989, has published 13 books, including "Power and Pulpit in Puritan New England" and "Revolutionary Writers: Literature and Authority in the New Republic, 1725-1810." He is also general editor of "The Columbia Literary History of the United States" and "The Columbia History of the American Novel," two widely used references by scholars of American literature.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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