Joan Stewart joined the faculty in 2003, the same year she was named Hamilton’s 19th president. She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College and a doctorate from Yale University, and her scholarship focuses on 18th-century French literature, especially women writers. Formerly dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of French at the University of South Carolina, President Stewart has written several books and numerous articles, essays and reviews. Her latest book, The Enlightenment of Age (2010) is a study of women and aging in early modern France. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yale University, the National Humanities Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • Fellow, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, 1997
  • Fellow, Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Letters, Bogliasco (Genoa), Italy, 1997
  • Jackson Rigney Award for International Service, North Carolina State University, 1997
  • Outstanding Research Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University, 1995
  • Visiting Scholar, European Humanities Research Center, Oxford University, 1995
  • Fellow, Centre d'Étude du XVIIIe Siècle, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France, 1995
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars, 1994-95, 1990-91
  • Senior Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, 1990
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship, Princeton University, 1980
  • North Carolina State University Outstanding Teaching Award, 1977

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Yale University
B.A., St. Joseph’s College

Personal Interests

Stewart is married to Philip Stewart, the Benjamin E. Powell Professor Emeritus of Romance Studies at Duke University. They have two grown children.

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