About Interim President Jill Harsin
Harsin began her term as interim president of Colgate on July 1, 2015.
Since joining Colgate in 1982, Harsin has shown commitment to the university’s values
of teaching, scholarship, and university service. With specialties in European history, the history of France and the French Revolution, and women’s history, she has been centrally involved in interdisciplinary teaching, especially in women’s studies. She also teaches courses in early modern Europe, the experiences of women in history, and modern European social history.
Harsin has been the recipient of a number of university teaching awards, including the Alumni Corporation Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012.
Harsin’s publications include two books — Barricades: The War of the Streets in Revolutionary Paris, 1830-1848
(Palgrave MacMillan, 2002) and Policing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century Paris
(Princeton University Press, 1985) — as well as a number of articles.
Over more than three decades, Harsin has been extensively involved in university governance. She has served as chair of the Department of History
, director of the Division of Social Sciences, and as Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Professor of liberal arts studies. She has chaired Core 152, one of the cornerstones of Colgate’s curriculum.
Harsin has served on the Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Academic Affairs Board, and the Faculty Affairs Committee, earning the respect of colleagues through her collaborative leadership style. During the 2009-2010 academic year, she served as interim provost and dean of the faculty.
Harsin holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa. Her late husband, Briton Cooper Busch, taught in the history department at Colgate from 1963 to 2001.