Woodrow Wilson

Department of Politics

Carol Mershon elected to Hugh S. and Winifred Cumming Chair in Politics

February 8, 2016

Dr. Carol Mershon has been elected to the Hugh S. and Winifred Cumming Chair in Politics for a three year term beginning Fall of 2016.

Her research is outstanding and her leadership and service in the area of enhancing diversity convinces us that she deserves a term in the Cumming Chair.

The Department of Politics’ nominating committee wrote “Her research is outstanding and her leadership and service in the area of enhancing diversity convinces us that she deserves a term in the Cumming Chair. Her service has been on multiple levels and venues, both within the university and in the profession as a whole. She has published on this topic and received NSF funding.”

The current chairs in the Department agreed and forwarded her nomination to the Dean’s office. There the nomination was vetted by a committee of Chairs in the College and it was then forwarded to the Provost who enthusiastically agreed.

Dr. Mershon is the Professor and Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Faculty Fellow in the Center for Global Health at the University, and for the 2015–2016 academic year serves as Interim Co-PI / Program Director for UVa CHARGE, the NSF ADVANCE program at UVa.