Madeleine Zelin, Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies and Professor of History, was named a recipient of the 2019-2020 Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award. This announcement follows another recent honor: In November 2019, Professor Zelin also delivered the annual Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lecture. Professor Zelin delivered three lectures on the theme: “China Semi-Incorporated: The Battle for a Chinese Legal Modernity in the Early Twentieth Century.” The lectures will be published as a book by Columbia University Press.
The Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award was created in 2005 when Columbia Trustee Gerry Lenfest ’58LAW donated $12 million to the University to establish a new category of awards honoring exceptional teaching in the Arts and Sciences. The awards are given annually to faculty of unusual merit across a range of professorial activities — including scholarship, University citizenship, and professional involvement — with a primary emphasis on the instruction and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.