About Penny Gill

Penny Gill, Mary Lyon Professor of Humanities, has taught political science for forty years at Mount Holyoke College, as well as having served as dean. Long interested in comparative spiritualities, she has recently received teachings from Manjushri, a Tibetan master. She divides her time between Granby, Massachusetts, and Madeline Island, Wisconsin.

To her complete astonishment, Penny Gill received a teaching from Manjushri five years ago, in which he re-framed our distress over our current global situation – endemic violent conflicts, climate change, and a global economy careening out of control.  A long time professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College and now Dean of the College, Penny had spent her career teaching undergraduates how to think more deeply about politics and economics. Educated first at Northwestern University (B.A.) and Yale University (M.A., M. Phil, and Ph.D.) all in political science, she had pursued a broad range of interests in European politics, political thought, and contemporary processes of globalization. She also has been a life-long student of the wisdom traditions, comparative spiritualities, and the work of C.G. Jung and his associates. She lives in the Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts and in the summer she paddles her red kayak in the waters around her beloved island in Lake Superior.