Congratulations to our own Professor Leslie Bow who is the recipient of the Hilldale Awards!
“Each year, the Secretary of the Faculty recognizes four University of Wisconsin–Madison professors with the Hilldale Awards for distinguished contributions to teaching, research and service.”
“Leslie Bow “is a world-class scholar” with “a record of productivity and originality enriched by her passionate dedication to the University and to faculty and students of color across campus,” writes David Zimmerman, the Elizabeth Ritzmann Professor of English and Associate Chair of the English department, in his nominating letter.
She has two published books — and a third on the way — that analyze the intersection between race, gender and culture and that have earned Bow “a global reputation as a leading researcher and theorist” in fields ranging from literature to Asian American studies and gender and women’s studies, Zimmerman writes.
Bow, who joined the faculty in 2002, is also widely recognized as a compelling teacher, routinely winning awards given by students. “Professor Bow’s undergraduate classes are typically the first to fill in the English Department and always have a long waiting list,” according to her nominating letter. Her commitment to mentorship is also demonstrated through her serving on more than 20 dissertation committees and her “continuous advocacy” for her colleagues, as Associate Professor of History and Director of the Asian American Studies Program Cindy I-Fen Cheng notes.
As part of her advocacy for the Asian American Studies program and field, Bow has given dozens of campus lectures during her time at UW–Madison and her column on racial issues regularly runs in publications like the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Denver Post. Bow gives frequent public talks on social issues to “student activist and community groups, the U.S. military, federal workers, Wisconsin teachers, and at museums and book festivals,” Zimmerman writes, “extending the educational mission outside the classroom.