Joy Connolly began her service as President of the American Council of Learned Societies on July 1, 2019. Previously, she served as interim president of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, the principal doctorate-granting institution of the nation’s leading public urban university, a position she held from December 2018 to June 2019. A distinguished professor of classics, she joined the Graduate Center as its provost and senior vice president in August 2016.
Connolly earned an AB from Princeton University in 1991 and a PhD in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. After professorships at the University of Washington and Stanford University, she moved to New York University in 2004, where she received tenure and became director of the undergraduate core curriculum (2009-2012) and dean for the humanities (2012-2016).
Connolly is the author of two books and over seventy articles, book reviews, and essays. Her board service includes the Journal for the History of Ideas and the board of directors of the Society for Classical Studies. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Independent, the Village Voice, The Times Literary Supplement, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bookforum, The Nation, and the Women’s Review of Books.