Suzanne Keller, first tenured female professor at Princeton University, dies at 83

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PRINCETON BOROUGH -- Sociologist Suzanne Keller, the first woman to earn a tenured faculty position at Princeton University, died of a stroke Dec. 9 in Miami. She was 83.

Keller, who conducted pioneering research on community in America and on elite life, was the author of several books, including two published 40 years apart that are considered ground-breaking works in her field.

Her examination of the elite power structure in America, "Beyond the Ruling Class: Strategic Elites in Modern Society," was published in 1963.

"She was one of the few people who attempted to look at the history of elites and what function they played in society," said Princeton University professor Robert Wuthnow, chair of the sociology department....

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