Initially planning on becoming a poet and mathematician, Emily Rolfe Grosholz, PhD, couldn’t find a professor who would help her achieve her goals. She then went into philosophy and from there, she was able to study mathematics and science as she had once intended. She began her illustrious career as an assistant professor at the Pennsylvania State University in 1979, where she has remained every since; she is now the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, African American Studies and English. Dr. Grosholz has served as associate of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh since 1992.
In addition to this tenure, Dr. Grosholz was a National Humanities Center fellow from 1985 to 1986, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellow from 1988 to 1989 – when she served as a senior research fellow at the Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto – an American Council of Learned Societies fellow in 1997 and a National Endowment of the Humanities fellow in 2004. Following these roles, she served the University of Paris as a visiting scholar from 2004 to 2005, visiting professor in 2010 and senior foreign researcher from 2011 to 2012. Dr. Grosholz has also been an instructor/panelist of the Writing the Rockies Creative Writing Workshop at Western State Colorado University between 2013 and 2018 and the West Chester Poetry Conference between 1995 and 2019. She is also a member of Wissenschaftlicher Beirat of the Gottfried-Wilhelm Leibniz Gesellschaft since 2018.
In preparation of her career, Dr. Grosholz pursued a formal education at the University of Chicago, earning a Bachelor of Arts in ideas and methods in 1972. She then attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where she attained a PhD in 1978. Involved in her local community, Dr. Grosholz judged the Poets’ Prize from 1988 to 2004, the Poetry Society of America Awards in 1989, the National Book Awards in 1995 and the Glascock Poetry Contest at Mount Holyoke College in 1996, also serving as the final judge for the Able Muse Write Prize for Poetry in 2020. Moreover, she was a supporter of the Women’s Resource Center in State College, Pennsylvania, and for the past 30 years of UNICEF.
A talented writer, Dr. Grosholz has authored or co-authored 18 books, as well as edited “The Growth of Mathematical Knowledge” in 1999 and “The Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir.” Likewise, she serves on numerous editorial boards for professional journals including the Journal of the History of Ideas, Studia Leibnitiana, the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, and the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts. A contributor to multiple other publications in philosophy and literature, Dr. Grosholz maintains affiliation with several organizations including the directive committee of the Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice since 2014. She has been on the editorial board of the Hudson Review since 1984 and was active with the American Philosophical Association, the Leibniz Society of North America, the Leibniz Gesellschaft and the History of Science Society.
In light of her achievements, Dr. Grosholz received a transatlantic cooperation research grant from the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, the Selma V. Forkorsch Prize for the “best article published in the Journal of the History of Ideas” and the Fernando Gil International Prize in Philosophy of Science. The recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, she was further named a Marquis Who’s Who Top Professional and listed in various editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World. Moving forward, Dr. Grosholz will be celebrating the success of her books, as well as publishing others.