Established in 1973 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Image Credit: Trinity Court Studio ANDREW W. MELLON, born in 1855, was a financier, diplomat, and industrialist. Mr. Mellon helped found the Union Trust Company of Pittsburgh, the Gulf Oil Corporation, and the Pittsburgh Coal Company. In 1921, he left the presidency of the Mellon National Bank to become U.S. secretary of the treasury, serving for ten years under presidents Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover. He later served as ambassador to Great Britain during 1932-33. Upon his death in 1937, Mr. Mellon left his vast collection of art to create the National Gallery of Art and enough funds for the construction of the building on the Washington, D.C., mall. Four chairs at Hopkins are named for Andrew W. Mellon, two at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, one at the Peabody Conservatory, and one at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.


The ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION endowed the Andrew W. Mellon Professorship in the Humanities at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences to "strengthen the influence of the humanities in the education programs" of The Johns Hopkins University. The Andrew W. Mellon Chair in Piano was created to strengthen the Peabody Conservatory. The Mellon Foundation makes grants on a selective basis to institutions in higher education, in cultural affairs and the performing arts, in population, in conservation and the environment, and in public affairs.


WILLIAM EGGINTON, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, joined The Johns Hopkins University as professor in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures in 2006 and currently chairs that department. He teaches courses on Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy.

Dr. Egginton earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s in Spanish and Latin American literatures from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s and PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University.

He is the author of six books in the fields of philosophy, literary theory, and religion, and is the editor or translator of several others.