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Jolyon Pitt Girard Distinguished Scholar‑in‑Residence

The Jolyon Pitt Girard Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence was established in 2008 in honor of Jolyon P. Girard, PhD, who taught history and political science at Cabrini for more than 35 years.

The Scholar‑in‑Residence enables Cabrini to bring to campus historians or other appropriate scholars who have earned recognition for outstanding scholarship, and who share Girard’s passion for teaching.

The program was made possible by contributions from more than 120 donors.


This year Cabrini University honors Dr. James R. Hedtke as the 2021-2022 Jolyon Pitt Girard Scholar-in-Residence

2021 Girard Scholar Lecture Series:


Past Honorees

2018- David Farber, PhD

  • An expert in Modern America, politics, political culture, social change movements, counterculture, business and society, and capitalism in twentieth-century U.S. History.
  • The Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas

2017 - R.B. Bernstein, JD

  • Lecturer of Law and Political Science at the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York
  • Distinguised Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School

2016 - Thomas J. Sugrue, PhD

  • Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University

2015 - Heather Cox Richardson, PhD

  • Professor of 19th-Century American History at Boston College

2014 - Douglas A. Blackmon

  • Pulitzer-Prize-winning author

2013 - Harold Holzer

  • Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Author of “The Civil War in 50 Objects” and “1863: Lincoln’s Pivotal Year”

2012 - Martha Ackmann, PhD 

  • Award-winning journalist, author, and editor
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and Augustus Anson Whitney Scholar in Non‑Fiction at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

2011 - Bettye Collier-Thomas, PhD 

  • Professor of History at Temple University
  • Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

2010 - Randall M. Miller, PhD 

  • William Dirk Warren ’50 Sesquicentennial Chair
  • Professor of History at Saint Joseph’s University

2009 - Gary W. Gallagher, PhD

  • John L. Nau III Professor of History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia