Lotta Gavel Adams, Professor of Swedish studies and a specialist on the writings of August Strindberg, has been appointed the Barbro Osher Endowed Professor of Swedish Studies. The appointment, following a formal vote by the UW Board of Regents, is for a five-year term. The Barbro Osher Endowed Professorship was established with a major gift from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and its President and founder Ms. Barbro Osher.
A popular teacher, Gavel Adams joined the faculty in 1991. She has published two well-received critical textual editions of Strindberg’s Inferno and Legender in the Swedish National Edition of Strindberg’s Collected Works. She is also the editor of a Dictionary of Literary Biography edition of Twentieth Century Swedish Writers, the author of several scholarly articles and reviews, and a passionate advocate for Swedish studies in North America.