Department of History Appoints Two Endowed Professors

Feros & Ferreira

Two historians have been named endowed professors.

Antonio Feros, Professor of History, has been appointed Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of History. A leading scholar of early modern European history focusing on Spain and its empire, Dr. Feros is the author of two books, Kingship and Favoritism in the Spain of Philip III, 1598-1621, and Speaking of Spain: The Evolution of Race and Nation in the Hispanic World, as well as three co-edited volumes and many articles. He has received a Fulbright Scholarship in Portugal and research grants from the Centro de Estudios Hispánicos e Iberoamericanos, the Luso-American Development Foundation, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Dr. Feros is an esteemed teacher who has been recognized with the School of Arts and Sciences Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research and the Department of History’s Dunn Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has served as Graduate Chair of the history department and as a member of the Arts and Sciences Committee on Graduate Education and the University Scholars Council.   

The Rose Family Endowed Term Chair was established in 1996 by Gary D. Rose, C’67 and Karen Bress Rose, CW’67, GED’68. Both Mr. and Mrs. Rose have a long history of volunteer service and philanthropy to Penn. Mr. Rose is currently an emeritus member of the Penn Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers and is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs & Company.

Roquinaldo Ferreira joins Penn as the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History. A historian who specializes in the history of the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism, and the histories of Africa, Latin America and the wider Atlantic world, Dr. Ferreira was previously Vasco da Gama Associate Professor of Early Modern Portuguese History at Brown University, where he also served as associated director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ). He is the author of Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Atlantic World: Angola and Brazil during the Era of the Slave Trade, and his The Costs of Freedom: Central Africa in the Age of Abolition (1820 ca.-1880 ca) is forthcoming in 2019.

The Henry Charles Lea Professorship in History was established in 1928 through the estate of Nina Lea in memory of her father, Henry Charles Lea (1825-1909), a noted Philadelphia historian, publisher, activist and civic reformer. His career as a historian spanned over half a century, during which time he published ten books and many articles on subjects including church history in the later Middle Ages; institutional, legal, and ecclesiastical history; magic and witchcraft; and the history of the Italian city-states.


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