Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics


Valerie Hotchkiss, a 1982 B.A. in Classics, has been selected as one of the two recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award given by the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. The ceremony will be held on April 12 at Music Hall.

Professor Hotchkiss attended the University of Cincinnati as a scholarship student, supported by the Louise Taft Semple Scholarship for the study of Classical Languages (1979-82). She holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale and serves as the head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has written several books on topics relating to religious studies and books, including: Clothes Make the Man: Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe(1996/2000); Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition (with Jaroslav Pelikan, 2003); English in Print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton (2008) and Miracle within a Miracle: Johannes Reuchlin and the Jewish Book Controversy(2011, with David Price).

Valerie is a proud Cincinnati native, always quick to describe its charms or recount its history to anyone who will listen. She and her husband David Price (UC  B.A. and M.A.) collect 19th and early 20th-century Cincinnati art and have a growing collection of books on Cincinnati as well.  They are also instilling a love of Cincinnati in their Texas-born son, Samuel, by visiting the Queen City as often as they can.