University at Albany

Excellence in Academic Service
2003

Iris Berger

Iris Berger

The University Award for Excellence in Academic Service is presented to members of the teaching faculty who have demonstrated leadership and service to the University over a sustained period.

History Department Chair Iris Berger not only continues to be an outstanding teacher, scholar, and administrator in her own department, but she has also served the University in numerous capacities since 1981 in two other departments: Africana Studies and Women’s Studies. In the early 1980s, Berger worked to develop the M.A. Certificate Program in Women and Public Policy and also collaborated in creating an internship program. In her current role, Berger helped raise $5,000 in a fund-raising campaign toward an undergraduate scholarship.

She also established new programs for graduate students in the department and initiated a department newsletter.

Berger served as president of the African Studies Association in 1995-96. The New York African Studies Association honored her with the Distinguished Africanist Award in 1997. Asdirector of the Institute for Research on Women for four years, Berger worked tirelessly to bring the best in new gender scholarship to the campus community through public presentations, conferences and scholarly collaboration. In recognition of her contribution to the development of gender equity at the University, Berger was selected for the 2000 Bread and Roses Award, given by the Council of Women’s Groups.

The first of her four books won an annual book award from the Academie Royale des Sciences d’Outre Mer in 1982, and she has won numerous travel and research fellowships over the years from such organizations as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. In demand as a speaker and workshop leader, Berger has presented her work at more than a dozen colleges and universities, and presents regularly at her disciplinary professional meetings. She has presented keynote addresses and endowed lectures nationally and internationally.

Berger has served both the University and the community by becoming active in many organizations. Her professional service includes serving on the board of editors of the American Historical Association’s American Historical Review, the International Journal of African Historical Studies, the Journal of Women’s History, and the board of editors for an electronic series with the University of California Press. She has served on review boards for such funding agencies as the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as on the advisory committee for the Fulbright Scholar Awards.


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