Jean Bethke Elshtain was born in Windsor, Colo., and grew up in Timnath, Colo. She received an A.B. from Colorado State University and master's degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Colorado. She received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Massachusetts in 1973, writing her dissertation on "Women and Politics: A Theoretical Analysis."
Jean taught for 15 years at the University of Massachusetts and for seven years at Vanderbilt University, where she was the first woman to hold an endowed professorship. Jean was selected as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, a Guggenheim Fellow, and recipient of nine honorary degrees. In 1995, she became a professor at the University of Chicago, where she was the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the Divinity School, and a contributing editor for The New Republic. She was also a Visiting Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics at Baylor University. In 2009, Jean received the William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award from Colorado State University.
Jean's dedication and commitment to academics and the pursuit of knowledge is evidenced by her professional career, numerous invitations to speak, and hundreds of publications.
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Colorado State University Foundation, P. O. Box 1870, Fort Collins, Colorado 80522