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Stanford Report, October 18, 2000
Bender named associate dean; will chair Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages

John Bender, professor of English and comparative literature, has been appointed associate dean for the humanities and chair of the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages. His portfolio will include the departments of Asian Languages, Comparative Literature, French and Italian, German Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Spanish and Portuguese. The appointment, made by Malcolm Beasley, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, will be effective immediately and will be for one year, with an option for renewal.

"I am confident that John's vision, energy and commitment will serve the school well in moving the study of literatures and languages to the next level of excellence," Beasley said.

Bender, who holds the Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professorship in Interdisciplinary Studies, joined the Department of English in 1967 and has held an appointment in the Department of Comparative Literature since 1987. He is a scholar of 18th-century British and European literature whose special interests include the relationship of literature to the visual arts, to philosophy and science, as well as to the sociology of literary production and critical theory.