Board of Trustees

Elaine Hansen, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Dr. Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), has devoted her career to the education of bright young minds and the pursuit of academic excellence. At CTY Dr. Hansen has led initiatives focused on access and inclusion, talent identification and development, international advisory services, and public advocacy for the needs of pre-collegiate students with high academic potential. She has promoted a research program devoted both to the basic science that can expand our understanding of advanced learners and the translational work that connects evidence-based studies with practice.


Prior to her arrival at CTY in 2011, Dr. Hansen served as president of Bates College in Maine. She was a professor of English at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where she earned the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. A specialist in Middle English literature and the author of numerous scholarly articles and three books, Dr. Hansen has won research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. She is also a past president of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.


Dr. Hansen earned her A.B. with greatest distinction at Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. at the University of Minnesota and her Ph.D. at the University of Washington.