Art History Faculty Member Jerrilynn Dodds Awarded The Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by Spanish Government

Jerrilynn DoddsOn October 23, Jerrilynn Dodds (art history) was awarded The Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by the Spanish government. The medal is one of two bestowed by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Spanish citizens or foreigners who have “rendered distinguished services to Spain.”

Juan José Herrera de la Muela, Consul for Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Spain, New York, notes: “Professor Dodds is an eminent Hispanicist. She has made outstanding contributions to the study of the medieval and early-modern states that emerged on the Iberian Peninsula, an understanding of which is essential to our comprehension of present-day Spain. She has authoritatively imparted, in the United States and beyond, a critical understanding of Spain’s history. In numerous publications on Spanish art and architecture, Professor Dodds has convincingly argued for the necessity of studying the complex processes of cultural interaction that took place between the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities of the Iberian Peninsula. Furthermore, as a distinguished teacher at Sarah Lawrence College, Professor Dodds has explored innovative ways of teaching Spanish art and history.”