Three faculty members in the University of Delaware College of Arts and Sciences have been appointed to named professorships. Rudolph (Rudi) Matthee is now John A. Munroe and Dorothy L. Munroe Chair of History, Maria Aristigueta has been named Charles P. Messick Professor of Public Administration, and James Magee has been appointed Hugh M. Morris Professor of Political Science and International Relations.
Matthee's appointment became effective Jan. 16; the latter two are effective Sept. 1.
"I am proud to announce these distinctions which have been conferred on three prominent members of our faculty," said Provost Tom Apple. "All are internationally regarded in their fields for their scholarship and research."
Rudolph Matthee, former Unidel Distinguished Professor of History, teaches Middle Eastern history, with a research focus on early modern Iran and the Persian Gulf.
Recipient of the 2006 Albert Hourani Book Prize, awarded by the Middle East Studies Association of North America, and winner of the 2004-2005 Said Sirjani Book Prize, awarded by the International Society for Iranian Studies, his newest book, Persia in Crisis: The Decline of the Safavids and the Fall of Isfahan, was published in the spring of 2011.
Matthee served as president of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies from 2009-2011. He received his doctorate in 1991 from the University of California, Los Angeles.
The John A. and Dorothy L. Munroe Chair in History was established in 2007 through the proceeds of a charitable gift annuity created in 2001. The donors are the late John A. Munroe and his wife Dorothy ("Dot"). Prof. Munroe, one of Delaware's best known and most respected historians, was named H. Rodney Sharp Professor of History in 1962. Dorothy Munroe remains an active member of the UD community.