William Chester Jordan Awarded Honorary Degree from Harvard
Harvard Awards Nine Honorary Degrees
Recipients include a chancellor, former Harvard President, an editor, a museum director, and distinguished professors.
William Chester Jordan, Doctor of Laws
Medieval historian William Chester Jordan is Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton University, where he has also been director of the Program in Medieval Studies and director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies. Jordan was chair of Princeton’s History Department from 2008–2017.
A prolific author, Jordan’s 1996 book “The Great Famine: Northern Europe in the Early Fourteenth Century” was awarded the Haskins Medal of the Medieval Academy of America. His most recent work, “The Apple of His Eye: Converts from Islam in the Reign of Louis IX,” won praise from his colleagues as “exquisite, sharp, and brilliant.” He has also edited a one-volume encyclopedia of the Middle Ages for elementary schoolchildren and a four-volume version for middle schoolers, and was editor in chief of the first supplemental volume of Scribner’s “Dictionary of the Middle Ages.”
Jordan is a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was president of the American Catholic Historical Association from 2009–2010; and president of the Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America from 2011–2012 and again from 2014–2015, and second vice president and first vice president of the Academy in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
His current research focuses on French-English relations in the 13th and early 14th century.