Professor of English
Valerie Hotchkiss is the University Librarian and Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. A scholar-librarian, she has an MLS degree as well as a PhD in Medieval Studies from Yale. She is the author of numerous books and articles on medieval cultural history, women's studies, and topics in the history of books and printing.
Over the past 20 years, Hotchkiss has led three libraries and has championed issues of access, public programming, and curricular connections. She has overseen the implementation of two integrated online library systems—most recently here at Vanderbilt, renovated facilities, built world-renown collections of rare books and manuscripts, and raised tens of millions in endowments for libraries. Hotchkiss is passionate about libraries and their role in the educational enterprise. She loves teaching cultural history through primary sources and has curated or produced over fifty exhibitions with institutions around the world. She truly believes that the library is the heart of the university and she wants everyone to hear the beat.
Hotchkiss is the current president of the Alpha of Tennessee Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest and most distinguished honor society.
Miracle within a Miracle: Johannes Reuchlin and the Jewish Book Controversy. With David H. Price. Urbana: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2011. Catalog. Bilingual online version of exhibition (2012): go.illinois.edu/jewishbookcontroversy.
English in Print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton. With Fred Robinson. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.
Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition. 4 volumes and CD-Rom. Edited in collaboration with Jaroslav Pelikan. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.
Clothes Make the Man: Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe. New York: Garland Press, 1996. Reissued in paperback, 2000. Republished by Routledge Press in 2012.
The Reformation of the Bible / The Bible of the Reformation. With Jaroslav Pelikan and David Price. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.
Editor-in-chief of Women in Print: Primary Source E-books by Women series. University of Illinois Press, 2015- . Vol. 1: Mary Astell, Some Reflections upon Marriage (2015); Vol. 2: The Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (2015); Vol. 3: Mary Wollstonecraft, Original Stories from Real Life (2016); Vol. 4: Phillis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (forthcoming, 2018); Vol. 5: Aphra Behn, Oroonoko (forthcoming, 2019). http://womeninprint.press.illinois.edu/.
“Small Format, Big News: The 1862 Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.” Bibliographic essay in, The 1862 Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation: A Facsimile Edition. Urbana, Chicago, Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2014.
Orthodoxy and Western Culture: Essays in Honor of the 80th Birthday of Jaroslav Pelikan. Edited by Valerie Hotchkiss and Patrick Henry. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Press, 2006.
Formatting the Word of God: The Charles Caldwell Ryrie Collection. Edited by Valerie R. Hotchkiss and Charles C. Ryrie. Dallas: Bridwell Library, 1998.
The American Theological Library Association: Essays in Celebration of the First Fifty Years. Edited by Valerie Hotchkiss, M. Patrick Graham, and Kenneth E. Rowe. Evanston: ATLA, 1996.
Girolamo Savonarola: Piety, Prophecy and Politics in Renaissance Florence. Curated by Donald Weinstein. Edited by Donald Weinstein and Valerie R. Hotchkiss. Dallas: Bridwell Library, 1994.