A scholar in 20th century American history, Nancy Weiss Malkiel came to Princeton as an assistant professor in 1969 after earning her Ph.D. at Harvard University, was promoted to associate professor in 1975 and to full professor in 1982. She received a B.A. (1965) and an honorary degree (1997) from Smith College.
Professor Malkiel's principal publications (as Nancy J. Weiss) include Whitney M. Young, Jr., and the Struggle for Civil Rights (Princeton University Press, 1989), Farewell to the Party of Lincoln: Black Politics in the Age of FDR (Princeton University Press, 1983), and The National Urban League, 1910-1940 (Oxford University Press, 1974).
Her current project is a history of coeducation at Princeton, set in the context of coeducation at Princeton’s sister institutions and women’s education in the women’s colleges.
From 1987 to 2011, Professor Malkiel served as Dean of the College, the senior officer responsible for Princeton's undergraduate academic program. All matters relating to the curriculum, academic advising, academic regulations, and scholastic standing fell under her aegis. As Dean, she also had oversight responsibility for the offices of Admission, the Registrar, Undergraduate Financial Aid, and Teacher Preparation, as well as for the Princeton Writing Program, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, and the residential colleges.
From 1982 to 1986, Professor Malkiel served as the founding master of Dean Mathey College, one of Princeton’s six residential colleges.
Professor Malkiel is a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and chair of the COFHE Assembly.