The named professorship from Taft is one of the highest honors available to faculty at the University of Cincinnati. The program is designed to reward our most outstanding faculty with a dedicated research line, affording them monies to conduct and share their research. Taft Professorships are awarded based on scholarly distinction. Faculty with a national and international reputation for outstanding scholarship, particularly scholarly work done in the recent past that can be expected to continue into the future, will be most competitive. This honor is open to all Taft Faculty in the Departments of Africana Studies, Anthropology, Economics, English and Comparative Literature, German Studies, History, Judaic Studies, Math, Philosophy, Political Science, Romance Languages and Literatures, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.