Mary Beth Norton

Past President

Mary Beth Norton is Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University, where she has taught since 1971. She graduated from the University of Michigan and earned a PhD at Harvard. Her Founding Mothers & Fathers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1997. At Cornell, she was a founder of the Women's Studies Program (now Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), and has been active in campus governance organizations as both speaker and parliamentarian. She was Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at the University of Cambridge in 2005–06. She is an elected member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. As vice president for research of the AHA in the mid-1980s, she oversaw the plan to create a third edition of the AHA Guide to Historical Literature and eventually served as its editor (1995). As president, she expects to continue her interest in improving historians’ access to bibliography.