A Sterling Professorship is the highest academic rank at Yale University. It is awarded to a tenured faculty member considered one of the best in his or her field. Howard Bloch professor of French holds that honor. He has written scholarly works on the Bayeux Tapestry and recently was honored by the French Government for his efforts to deepen American/French relations.
Professor Bloch has also performed his share of administrative duties, serving as Director, Division of the Humanities at Yale. Finally he has edited a number of journals in his field including publications of the Modern Language Association.