Professor Louise Mirrer is Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the City University of New York. She is a widely published scholar in the fields of Spanish and Sephardic language and literature and women's studies.
Professor Mirrer was Chair of the Humanities Division at Fordham University from 1991-94. She joined Fordham's Spanish Department in 1979 as an Assistant Professor and rose to become a full Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature. She was a Visiting Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California-Los Angeles in 1991.
Prior to serving in her capacity as Vice Provost, Professor Mirrer was Chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Minnesota from 1994-95. She continues to chair the Department's Executive Committee, and is also a member of the Graduate Center Faculty in Medieval Studies. Professor Mirrer holds a double Ph.D. from Stanford University in Spanish and Humanities. She earned a Diploma in Linguistics from Cambridge University in 1975, following her 1973 graduation from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. magna cum laude with honors in Spanish.
Among her published works are: Women, Jews, and Muslims in the Texts of Reconquest Castile (University of Michigan Press, 1996); Upon My Husband's Death: Widows in the Literature and Histories of Medieval Europe (University of Michigan Press, 1992); Prints of Power (Knoedler Publishing, 1991); and The Language of Evaluation: A Sociolinguistic Approach to the Story of Pedro el Cruel in Ballad and Chronicle (John Benjamins, 1996). Professor Mirrer has also written numerous articles and is the recipient of various research grants and fellowships. She has presented scholarly papers at conferences and universities in the United States and Europe.
Her professional activities include serving as a delegate to the Modern Language Association, representing the Division of Medieval Spanish Literature, 1988-91; chairing the Executive Committee of the Sephardic Studies Discussion Group of the Modern Language Association, 1989; chairing the Sephardic Studies Group of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, 1989; serving as a board member of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, 1991-present, and a member of the Board of Advisors, Medieval Feminist Newsletter, 1991-present.