Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Chair of Liberal Arts
Foundations, Literature, Creative Writing
Dr. Jeanne M. McGinn received her B.A. from Bucknell University; her M.A. as a Rotary International Fellow from University College Cork, Ireland; and her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College.
Her awards include the grand prize in the University of Galway Poetry Competition, the Seymour Adelman Prize in Poetry, and a Whiting Foundation Grant. Dr. McGinn has read her award-winning poems at venues at home and abroad, and she has published most recently in Cimarron Review. Composer Jennifer Higdon set six of her poems in The Singing Rooms, a work for violin, orchestra, and chorus; the Philadelphia Orchestra premiered The Singing Rooms in January 2008, and the Atlanta Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra performed the work in 2009.
Dr. McGinn has presented her scholarship at conferences of the Modernist Studies Association, International Association of the Study of Irish Literature, the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, Brazilian Studies Association, and Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco.
Dr. McGinn joined the Curtis Institute of Music faculty in 1994 and was appointed chair of liberal arts in 2001.