The Hansen File

Elaine Tuttle Hansen

Age: 54

Husband Stanley Hansen, daughters Emma (19) and Isla (14)


  • Ph.D, University of Washington, 1975
  • M.A., University of Minnesota, 1972
  • A.B., Mount Holyoke College, 1969, Phi Beta Kappa, with greatest distinction, cum laude


  • Mother without Child: Contemporary Fiction and the Crisis of Motherhood (University of California Press, 1997)
  • Chaucer and the Fictions of Gender (University of California Press, 1992)
  • The Solomon Complex: Reading Wisdom in Old English Poetry (University of Toronto Press, 1988)


  • Provost, Haverford College, 1995-2002
  • Professor, Department of English, Haverford College, 1991-2002; (department chair, 1989-1992; associate professor, 1986-1990; assistant professor, 1980-1986)
  • Assistant professor, Department of English, Hamilton College, 1978-1980
  • Associate research editor, Middle English Dictionary, University of Michigan, 1977-78; (assistant editor, 1975-1977)

Academic Service (selected)

  • President, Society for Feminist Medieval Scholarship, 1993-1995
  • Member, Chaucer Division Executive Committee, Modern Language Association, 1995-1998
  • Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities, Modern Language Association, 2002