List of Barnard College people

List of Barnard College people

The following is a list of notable individuals associated with Barnard College through attendance as a student, service as a member of the faculty or staff, or award of the [ Barnard Medal of Distinction] .

Notable alumnæ

Academics and scientists

*Elsie Clews Parsons (1896), first woman elected President of the American Anthropological Association
*Virginia Gildersleeve (1899), Dean of Barnard College and delegate to the charter conference of the United Nations in 1945
*Beatrice Becker Warde (1920s), calligrapher, librarian, researcher on type matters and influence upon 20th century typography [ [ Beatrice Warde Collection, 1919-1970 ] ]
*Margaret Mead (1923), anthropologist
*Anna Schwartz (1933), economist
*Helen M. Ranney (1941), first woman to lead a university department of medicine in the U.S., be president of the Association of American Physicians, or serve as a Distinguished Physician of the Veterans Administration [ [ Helen M. Ranney ] ]
*Vivian Sobchack (1961), cultural critic
*Karla Jay (1968), pioneer of lesbian and gay studies
*Ellen V. Futter (1971), President of Barnard College and the American Museum of Natural History
*Rebecca Goldstein (1972), philosopher, biographer, and novelist
*Jacqueline Barton (1974), CalTech chemist and MacArthur Fellows Program "genius grant" winner
*Janna Levin (1988), cosmologist
*Louise Rosenblatt (1920s), influential literary theorist and educator

Actresses and performers

*Jane Wyatt (1930), actress
*Peggy McCay (1951), actress
*Joan Rivers (1954), star comedian, TV host
*Lee Remick, actress
*Twyla Tharp (1963), choreographer, dancer
*Jill Eikenberry (1968), actress
*Lauren Graham (1988), actress, played Lorelai Gilmore on TV show "Gilmore Girls"
*Cynthia Nixon (1988), actress, played Miranda Hobbes on TV show "Sex and the City"
*Sprague Grayden, actress, played Judith Montgomery on "Joan of Arcadia"
*Sarah Thompson, television actress
*Christy Carlson Romano (2006), actress
*Jaime Gleicher, actress (currently attending)
*Clara Bryant, actress (currently attending)


*Christine Wang (1989), architect, curator, artist, founder of Wang Museum of Technology


*Sarah Charlesworth (1969), photographer and conceptual artist


*Gloria Callen (1946), swimmer [ [ 1946 alumni in 2006] ]
*Robin Wagner (1980), figure-skating coach
*Stacey Borgman (1993), member of crew team for the United States at the 2004 Olympics [ [ Barnard College: Alumna in Action ] ]
*Erinn Smart (2001), fencer for the United States at the 2004 Olympics [ [ Barnard News Center ] ] , silver medalist in team foil fencing at the Beijing 2008 Olympics


*Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger (1913), wife of "New York Times" publisher Arthur Hays Sulzberger
*Martha Stewart (1963), business magnate, entrepreneur, homemaking advocate
*Alexis Stewart (1987), daughter of Martha Stewart


*Freda Kirchwey (1915), journalist, editor and publisher of "The Nation"
*Ellen Willis (1960s), essayist and pop music critic
*Judith Miller (1969), ex-correspondent for "New York Times" who reported on the story of Iraq's alleged WMD program; Aspen Strategy Group member
*Anna Quindlen (1974), author and columnist for "Newsweek" who won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1992
*Suzanne Bilello (1977), author who with Rose Marie Arce (Barnard class of 1986) was a member of a "Newsday" team in 1992 that shared the Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting [ [ The Fragile Peace ] ]
*Natalie Angier (1978), author and science writer for the "New York Times" who won the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 1991
*Jami Bernard (1978), film critic
*Lis Wiehl (1983), legal analyst for Fox News
*Maria Hinojosa (1984), correspondent for CNN, NOW (TV series) on PBS, and host of NPR's "Latino USA"
*Katherine Boo (1988), recepient of Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2000 and the MacArthur Fellows Program "genius grant"
*Atoosa Rubenstein (1993), founder of CosmoGirl and editor-in-chief of "Seventeen (magazine)"; youngest ever editor of a teen magazine
*Jeannette Walls, gossip columnist for MSNBC and author of "The Glass Castle"
*Mona Charen, nationally syndicated columnist, political analyst, and author
*Alison Gregor (1989), writer, New York Times
*Fatima Bhutto, social activist, writer, and niece of Benazir Bhutto
*Cathy Horyn, fashion journalist, New York Times fashion critic
*Lily Koppel (2003), writer, New York Times and author of "The Red Leather Diary"

Musicians, singers, and composers

*Laurie Anderson (1969), musician, NASA's first artist-in-residence
*Suzanne Vega (1981), singer-songwriter famous for Luka, Tom's Diner, etc.
*Jeanine Tesori (1983), Broadway composer
*Louise Post, lead singer and guitarist of alternative rock band Veruca Salt

Political and judicial figures

*Jessie Wallace Hughan (1898, Phi Beta Kappa), United States Senate candidate, author, teacher, founder of Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity [ [ Jessie Wallace Hughan ] ]
*Helen Gahagan (1924), United States House of Representatives Congresswoman from California
*Jeane Kirkpatrick (1948), first woman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
*Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum (1952), United States District Court judge
*Anna Diggs Taylor (1954), United States District Court judge
*Judith Kaye (1958), first woman in highest position in state judiciary, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
*Bettye B. Binder (1960), on the governing council of the New York Committee for Democratic Voters that successfully removed Tammany Hall and its leader, Carmine DeSapio, from power in 1961
*Nancy Gertner, (1967) Judge on United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
*Paula Franzese, professor of real property law at Seton Hall Law School


*Judith Coplon (1943), Soviet spy in U.S. Justice Department whose convictions were overturned on technicalities
*Marion Davis Berdecio, in U.S. State Department, comrade of Coplon and Wovschin
*Flora Wovschin, Soviet spy in U.S. State Department, stepdaughter of Columbia professor/ Enos Wicher


*Stella George Stern Perry (1898), author, founder of Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity
*Alice Duer Miller (1899), writer and advisory editor of The New Yorker
*Helen Hoyt (1900s), poet
*Mary Antin (1902), author of the immigrant experience
*Faith McNulty (1920s, attended one year), writer
*Léonie Adams (1923), poet
*Charlotte Armstrong (1925), writer
*Zora Neale Hurston (1928), Harlem Renaissance writer
*Hortense Calisher, writer
*Elizabeth Janeway (1935), author and critic
*Patricia Highsmith (1940), author of "The Talented Mr. Ripley"
*Yelena Albala (1945), poet [ [ Barnard College : Books Etc. : Alumnae Bibliography ] ] [ [ Barnard College: Barnard Magazine Spring 2004 Books Etc ] ]
*Francine du Plessix Gray (1952), writer
*Elise Cowen, poet of the Beat Generation
*Joyce Johnson (1955), writer
*June Jordan (1955) writer and activist
*Sidra Stone, (1957), author and co-creator of Voice Dialogue
*Erica Jong (1963), writer
*Joan Abelove, writer
*Indrani Aikath Gyaltsen, writer
*Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, screenwriter
*Diana Muir writer and historian
*Tova Mirvis, novelist
*Alice Notley, poet
*Ntozake Shange (1970), playwright
*Mary Gordon (1971), writer
*Lionel Shriver(1978), novelist and 2005 Orange Prize winner
*Tory Dent (1981), poet and HIV/AIDS activist
*Jhumpa Lahiri (1989), Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Namesake" and "Interpreter of Maladies"
*Ann Brashares (1989), author of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"
*Edwidge Danticat (1990), writer
*Asali Solomon (1995), author of ""
*Sasha Cagen (1996), writer
*Gina Gionfriddo, playwright
*Marisha Pessl (2000), author of "Special Topics in Calamity Physics"
*Nadine Haobsh (2002), blogger and author of "Beauty Confidential"
*Kait Kerrigan (2003), playwright
*Fatima Bhutto, Pakistani poet and writer
*Galaxy Craze, novelist


*Kang Tongbi (1907), daughter of Kang Youwei and political activist
*Grace Lee Boggs (1935), author and political activist
*Joan Vollmer (1940s), member of the Beat Generation; killed by her husband, William S. Burroughs
*Sharon Blynn (1993), creator of "Bald Is Beautiful" campaign, cancer awareness advocate [ [ Barnard College: Alumna in Action ] ]
*Paula Reimers, Rabbi

Notable faculty

* Nadia Abu El Haj, anthropologist
* Bashir Abu-Manneh, literature
*Robert Antoni, Commonwealth Writers Prize winning author
*Randall Balmer, author and noted historian of American religion
*Dave Bayer, mathematician; actor and math consultant for the film "A Beautiful Mind"; one of few holders of an Erdős-Bacon number
*Ruth Benedict, anthropologist
*Frank Brady, leading figure in international chess
*Demetrios James Caraley, Editor of the Political Science Quarterly and President of the Academy of Political Science
*John Cheever (1956-1957), Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and short story writer
*Mary Cochran, former principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and chair of the dance department [ [ Barnard Dance ] ]
*Dennis Dalton, political scientist, renowned nonviolence and Ghandi scholar
*Mortimer Lamson Earle, classicist
*Lynn Garafola, renowned dance critic, historian, and curator [ [ Barnard College Newscenter ] ]
*Theodor Gaster
*Virginia Gildersleeve
*Katie Glasner, former Twyla Tharp dancer [ [ Barnard Dance ] ]
*Ken Hechler, U.S. Congressman from West Virginia
*Brian Larkin, anthropologist
*Perry Mehrling, economic historian
*Gabriela Mistral, First Latin American Nobel Prize winner for Literature
*Samuel Alfred Mitchell, astronomer
*Raymond Moley (1923-1933), proponent and later critic of the New Deal
*Frederick Neuhouser, philosopher
*Elaine Pagels (1970-1982), scholar of early and gnostic Christianity
*Caryl Phillips (2006), British novelist
*Richard Pious, political scientist and expert on the American presidency
*Sanya Popovic (1986), fiancée of Pan Am Flight 103 victim Bernt Carlsson
*Claudia Rankine, poet
*Frances Richard, poet and critic
*Alan F. Segal, ancient Judaism and origins of Christianity, author of Life after Death, and Paul the Convert
*Edmund Ware Sinnott, botanist
*Dolph Sweet, actor
*Elie Wiesel (1997-1999), Nobel Peace Prize winning writer and activist
*Mary Gordon, writer

[ Recipients of the Medal of Distinction]

The Barnard Medal of Distinction is the College's highest honor.

*Joan Mondale

*Samuel R. Milbank
*Richard Rodgers
*Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger '14

* [ Adelyn Dohme Breeskin]
*Helen Gahagan Douglas '24
* [ Eleanor Thomas Elliott] '48
*William Am Marstellar
*Toni Morrison
* [ Francis T.P. Plimpton]

* [ Dorothy Height] , [ Honorary Alumna 2004] , []
*Julius S. Held
* [ Mary Dublin Keyserling] '30
*Margaret Mahler
* [ Alan Pifer]
*Henriette H. Swope '25

*Robert L. Hoguet
*Elizabeth Janeway '35
*Beverly Sills

*Carol Bellamy
* Raymond J. Saulnier
*Twyla Tharp '63

*Mario Cuomo
*Vernon Jordan, Jr.
* Mirra Komarovsky '26

*Arthur Altschul
* [ Annette Kar Baxter] '47 (posthumous)
* [ Joseph G. Brennan]
* [ Anna Hill Johnstone] '34

*Marian Wright Edelman
*Sidney Dillon Ripley
* [ Elizabeth Man Sarcka] '17

*A. Bartlett Giamatti
* [ Frances Lehman Loeb] , []
* [ Helen M. Ranney] '41

*Judith Kaye '58
*Sally Falk Moore '43
*Rev. James Parks Morton
*Ellen Stewart

* Augusta Souza Kappner '66
*Ntozake Shange '70
*Maxine Singer

*Joan Kaplan Davidson
*Eugene Lang
* [ Bernice Segal] (posthumous)
*Lottie L. Taylor-Jones

*Jacqueline Barton '74
*Robert L. Bernstein
* [ Jean Blackwell Hutson] '35
* [ Julie V. Marsteller] '69

*Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum '50
* [ Tisa Chang] '63
* [ Mamphele Ramphele] , delivered the 2002 Commencement address

* [ Ingrith Deyrup-Olsen] '40
*Fred W. Friendly
* [ Millicent McIntosh] , []
*Frank Stella

*Arthur Ashe (posthumous)
*Elizabeth B. Davis '41
* [ Helene Lois Kaplan] '53
*Bette Bao Lord
*Cyrus Vance

*Walter Cronkite
*Ellen V. Futter '71
*Barbara S. Miller '62 (posthumous)
*Arthur Mitchell
*Sheila E. Widnall

*Madeleine Albright
* [ Rosemary Park Anastos]
*Derek Bok
*Sissela Bok

*Rita R. Colwell
*Kitty Carlisle Hart
*Maya Lin
* [ Dame Anne Warburton] '46

*Sarah Brady
*Merce Cunningham
*Charlayne Hunter-Gault
*Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

*Mary L. Good
*Joan Ganz Cooney
*David Aaron Kessler

*Zoe Caldwell
*Abby Joseph Cohen
*Esther Dyson
* [ William T. Golden]

[ 2000] , []
*Doris Kearns Goodwin delivered the 2000 Commencement address, []
*Hanna Holborn Gray
*Annie Leibovitz
* [ Kathie L. Olson]

*Morris Dees, []
* [ Susan Hendrickson]
* [ Maxine Greene] '38
*Bernice Johnson Reagon, [] . Ms. Reagon delivered the 2001 Commencement address, []

[ 2002]
* [ Barbara Novak] '50
*Alice Rivlin
*Harold E. Varmus

[ 2003]
*Susan Band Horwitz
*Judith Miller (journalist) '69, delivered the Commencement address []
*Martha Nussbaum

[ 2004] , []
*Sylvia Earle
*Louise Glück

* [ Carla D. Hayden]
*Amartya Sen, []

[ 2006]
*Linda Greenhouse
*Audra McDonald
* [ Francine du Plessix Gray] '52, []

[ 2007]
*Joan Didion
*Nicholas D. Kristof
*Mary Patterson McPherson
* [ Muriel Petioni] , []
*Anna Deavere Smith

*Thelma Davidson Adair
*Michael Bloomberg
*Billie Jean King
*David Remnick
*Judith Shapiro


External links

[ Barnard Medalists]

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