Louise Mirrer is the president of the New-York Historical Society.
Professor Mirrer holds a double Ph.D. from Stanford University in Spanish and Humanities. She earned a Diploma in Linguistics from Cambridge University in 1975, following her 1973 graduation from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. magna cum laude with honors in Spanish.
Married to David Halle
Dr. Mirrer has over 20 years experience as an academic administrator, most recently as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at CUNY. Professor Mirrer was Chair of the Humanities Division at Fordham University from 1991-94. She joined Fordham's Spanish Department in 1979 as an Assistant Professor and rose to become a full Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature. She was a Visiting Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California-Los Angeles in 1991.
Prior to serving in her capacity as Vice Provost, Professor Mirrer was Chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Minnesota from 1994-95.
Dr. Mirrer has published widely on language, literature, medieval studies, and women's studies, both books and articles, in Spanish and English. Her most recent book is Women, Jews, and Muslims in the Texts of Reconquest Castile (University of Michigan Press, 1996), a "deconstruction" of the medieval Castilian canon using contemporary theories of gender and race.