Spring 2013 - Professor Bios




Professor Fred Robinson is the Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus of English at Yale. Besides Yale, he has taught at Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard, including courses in the English language, Old English, Middle English, and Modern Linguistics. He has published books, articles, and reviews on Old English language and literature, the English language, and modern American poetry, and is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and of the Meddeleeuvereinigung van Suidlike Afrika, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (President, 1983-84), and of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences (President 1980-85). Professor Robinson received honorary doctoral degrees from Williams College and the University of North Carolina, and has earned degrees at the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. levels.

Dr. John Hughes is Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, where he has received several awards from medical students and medical residents for excellence in teaching both on the wards and in the classroom. He directs the first-year course on Professional Responsibility, which covers topics in medical ethics and the organization of the health care system. He has helped to develop patient classification systems that use computerized patient care data, as well as methods for detecting potentially preventable hospital complications and readmissions. His academic interests include the evaluation and comparisons of risk-adjustment mechanisms, health care finance, and cost containment strategies.

Professor Traugott Lawler is a specialist in Medieval English literature, and has broad teaching experience across English and European literature.  He studied at Holy Cross, the University of Wisconsin, and Harvard.  He taught at Yale 1966-72, at Northwestern 1972-81, and at Yale again 1981 until his retirement in 2005.  At Yale he taught Chaucer, Old English, History of the English Language, and various seminars in Middle English, and he regularly taught both English 125, Major English Poets, and English 129, European Masterpieces, as well.  Since retiring he has filled in several times in 125 and Old English, taught a freshman seminar in Austen and Dickens, and taught both Dante and English Religious Poetry in the Divinity School.  He is the author of The One and the Many in the Canterbury Tales (1981), one of the editors of the Riverside Chaucer, and editor of various other medieval English and Latin works.  In recent years he has written extensively on Piers Plowman, and is one of five scholars preparing The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman.  He was master of Ezra Stiles College 1986-95 and 2002-3.  He is an avid golfer and plays every summer in the Cape Cod Senior Softball League.

Professor Annabel Patterson is Sterling Professor Emeritus in English at Yale. She has written many books and articles on 16th and 17th century literature, including Milton’s Words (Oxford), and political history—The Long Parliament of Charles II (Yale)—both of which were written during her fairly recent retirement. In other words, there is still tread on the tire.  She came to Yale in 1994 after teaching at Duke University, the University of Maryland, York University in Canada and the University of Toronto. A native of England, Professor Patterson emigrated to Canada in her early 20s. She earned a B.A. at the University of Toronto, and an M.A. (with distinction) and a Ph.D. at the University of London in 1965.