Stanford news: Jane Shaw and Sarah Ogilvie

From the January/February issue of Stanford magazine, “Breaking Holy Ground: New dean and professor Jane Shaw continues her career of firsts in a field steeped in history and tradition” by Sam Scott:

A historian of modern Christianity, Shaw, 51, arrives at Stanford as both dean and religious studies professor. Previously, she spent 16 years at Oxford, followed by four years as dean of San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. Her partner, lexicographer and linguist Sarah Ogilvie, also will teach at Stanford.


(Photo by Glenn Matsumura.)

More from Stanford:

Q: You are the first woman to hold this position. What does that mean to you?

Every job I have had, I have been the first woman. At Regent’s Park College at Oxford, I was the first female fellow. When I went to New College, my second college at Oxford, I was the first female dean of divinity. Then I went to Grace Cathedral where I was the first female dean.

Q. You are also the first openly gay person to hold the title. How will the distinction be part of your outreach?

I hope I am a living example of what someone who is both female and openly gay can do, and I hope that is inspiring for some people, but I always hope I can support lots of different people.

On Sarah Ogilvie. First, the intro to a 2010 interview in the San Francisco Chronicle, “Lexicographer is a woman of her word. What I Do: Sarah Ogilvie, Linguist and Lexicographer” by Edward Guthmann:

Sarah Ogilvie grew up in Brisbane, Australia, and earned a doctorate in linguistics at Oxford University in England. She worked as a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary, and returned to Australia as chief editor of Oxford Dictionaries, Australia.

Ogilvie, 43, is the author of a new book, “Words of the World: A Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary” (Cambridge University Press). Three months ago, she took a job with Amazon Kindle and moved to San Francisco.

On to Stanford. From the Linguistics Department site:

Sarah Ogilvie is Lecturer in the Linguistics Department and Digital Humanities Coordinator at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis and the Stanford Humanities Center. She is a linguist and lexicographer who works at the intersection of technology and the humanities, specializing in both endangered languages and their revitalization, and in dictionaries and their creation.


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