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Two Bowdoin Professors Awarded Tenure

Story posted March 15, 1998


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College assistant professors Deborah DeGraff and Nancy Riley have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure. The promotions were approved by the Board of Trustees last month.

DeGraff teaches in the Department of Economics, specializing in economic demography and economic development. She is the author of numerous articles on contraception use, child care and education, and labor and time allocation of women and children. She has served as a research fellow for the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina, and as a consultant on labor and contraception issues in Bangladesh, Somalia and Sri Lanka.

In 1994, she was awarded the Sydney B. Karofsky Prize, given annually to an outstanding Bowdoin teacher who "best demonstrates the ability to impart knowledge, inspire enthusiasm, and stimulate intellectual curiosity." DeGraff earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Knox College and her master's degree and doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan. She has taught at Bowdoin since 1991.

Riley has taught at Bowdoin since 1992 in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. She has written numerous articles and been a frequent panelist discussing gender roles and equality in China. She served as a fellow at the East-West Center's Population Institute at the University of Hawaii exploring Chinese demography, family and marriage. She has also served as a consultant to the United Nations and the World Bank.

Riley graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned master's degrees in public health and sociology from the University of Hawaii and her doctorate in demography from Johns Hopkins University. At Bowdoin, she has been awarded a Kenan Fellowship and served on numerous committees.

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