List of University of Chicago faculty

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This list of University of Chicago faculty contains past and current instructors and administrators at the University of Chicago.


Graduate Library School (1928-1989)[edit]

This School, established with funding from the Carnegie Foundation, so important to the development of U.S. librarianship in the 20th century, was closed in 1989. For details see: Graduate Library School, University of Chicago, 1928-1989.


Law School[edit]

  • Gerhard Casper – Former Dean of the Law School and Provost at the University of Chicago. President Emeritus of Stanford University.
  • Ronald Coase – Professor Emeritus of Law. Nobel laureate in Economics. Co-founder of law and economics movement, arguably the most influential intellectual movement in legal scholarship in the second half of the 20th century.
  • Aaron Director – Played a central role in the development of the law and economics movement. Founded the Journal of Law and Economics, which he co-edited with Ronald Coase.
  • Frank Easterbrook – Judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Richard Epstein – Currently the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law
  • Elena Kagan – Former Professor and Dean of Harvard Law School and now a US Supreme Court Justice.
  • Leon Kass
  • Karl Llewellyn – Major figure in the school of legal realism.
  • Catharine MacKinnon – American feminist.
  • Michael W. McConnell – Federal judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Leading constitutional originalist.
  • Martha Nussbaum – Philosopher and public intellectual, currently Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics .
  • Barack Obama – President of the United States of America.
  • Richard Posner – Helped start law and economics movement.
  • Roberta Cooper Ramo – First woman President, American Bar Association.
  • Antonin ScaliaUnited States Supreme Court justice; Professor at the Law School (1977–1982).
  • David Strauss –
  • Cass Sunstein
  • James Boyd White – Founder of "Law and Literature" movement.
  • Diane Wood – Judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Oriental Institute[edit]




  • Michael I. Allen – Associate Professor of Medieval Latin Historiography and Poetry. Latin literature of the Middle Ages and on Latin palaeography.
  • Clifford Ando – Professor of Roman Empire History. Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire (2000). APA's Goodwin Award in 2003, and The Matter of the Gods (2008). He is the editor of Roman Religion (2003) and co-editor, with Jörg Rüpke, of Religion and Law in Classical and Christian Rome (2006). Problems of law, administration and cultural change in the Roman empire.
  • Elizabeth Asmis – Professor of Roman Stoicism and Cicero's Political Philosophy and the editor of Classical Philology. Epicurus' Scientific Method and articles on Plato, Philodemus, Lucretius, Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius. Greek and Roman philosophy and literary criticism.
  • Shadi Bartsch – Professor of Gender Issues in Antiquity and in Roman literature and culture. Quantrell Teaching Award and Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.
  • Alain Bresson – Professor of Ancient Economy, the Hellenistic world, and the epigraphy of Rhodes and Asia Minor, and author of La cité marchande (Bordeaux 2000), L'économie de la Grèces des cités (2 volumes; Paris 2007–2008), and Recueil des inscriptions de la Pérée rhodienne (Paris 1991), and editor of some five more, on matters of economics, civic life, writing and public power, and the history of the family.
  • Helma Dik – Associate Professor of Attic Greek, and author of Word Order in Ancient Greek and Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue, and articles on the functional grammar of Greek. Quantrell Teaching Award.
  • Christopher Faraone – Professor of Ancient Greek religion and poetry, and co-editor of Magika Hiera.
  • Jonathan M. Hall – Professor of Greek History, the Chair of Classics Department, author of Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity (Cambridge, 1997), APA's Goodwin Award. 2004 Gordon J. Laing Prize. He is focused on Greek history, historiography, and archaeology. Quantrell Teaching Award. Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service.
  • W. Ralph Johnson – Professor Emeritus of Latin poetry and Greek/Latin rhetoric. The John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service.
  • Michèle Lowrie – Professor of Roman culture, literature, politics, and reception. Idea of security at Rome, the exemplum in stories about foundation and state violence during the collapse of the Roman Republic.
  • David Martinez – Associate Professor of Ancient Greek papyrology, paleography and language, religion and magic. Papyrological research to the study of early Christianity. Hellenistic authors, and early Christian literature.
  • Emanuel Mayer – Assistant Professor and author of Rome is Where the Emperor is: State Monuments in the Decentralised Roman Empire from Diocletian to Theodosius II (Mainz, 2001; in German). Political imagery of the Hellenistic and Roman Imperial periods, representational behavior of Roman elites under the Empire, and ancient urbanism.
  • Sarah Nooter – Assistant Professor of Greek tragedy and modern reception. Sophocles and poetic language, Athenian drama, archaic poetry and religious thought, literary theory and linguistics, and contemporary poetry and theater.
  • Mark Payne – Associate Professor of Greek poetry, member of the Committee on Social Thought and member of the University's Poetry and Poetics program.
  • D. Nicholas Rudall – Professor Emeritus of Tragedy and the Ancient Theater, Aristophanes, and Propertius. He translated of Euripides' Bacchae and The Iphigeneia Plays and Sophocles' Electra and Antigone and directed many classical works at the Court Theatre, of which he is the founding director.
  • Peter White – Professor of Roman poetry, comedy and satire and Greaco-Roman historiography.and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs, author of "Promised Verse: Poets in the Society of Augustan Rome". APA's Goodwin Award. Quantrell Teaching Award.
  • David Wray – Associate Professor of Hellenistic and Roman poetry, philosophy, Greek epic and tragedy; and Director of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities; member of the University's Poetry and Poetics program; author of Catullus and the Poetics of Roman Manhood (Cambridge 2001). He focuses on ancient and modern relations between literature and philosophy; gender; theory and practice of literary translation; and the reception of Greco-Roman thought and literature, from Shakespeare and Corneille to Pound and Zukofsky.


  • Hannah Arendt – Former Professor in the Committee on Social Thought.
  • Rudolf Carnap – Professor of Philosophy. Leading member of the Vienna Circle.
  • Arnold Davidson – Professor of the Philosophy of Religion in the Divinity School; also in the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Committee on Historical and Conceptual Studies of Science, and the College.
  • Donald Davidson – Professor of Philosophy (1976–1981).
  • John Dewey – Former Professor of Philosophy.
  • Charles Hartshorne – Former Professor of Philosophy.
  • John Haugeland – David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy.
  • Jonathan Lear – John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy.
  • Jean-Luc Marion – Professor of the Philosophy of Religion and Theology in the Divinity School; also in the Department of Philosophy and the Committee on Social Thought.
  • George Herbert Mead – Former Professor of Philosophy.
  • Martha Nussbaum – Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics in the Divinity School; also in the Law School, the Department of Philosophy, and the College.
  • Paul Ricoeur – John Nuveen Professor Emeritus in the Divinity School (1971–1991).
  • Bertrand Russell – Visiting Professor of Philosophy (1938–1939).
  • Leo Strauss – Professor of Political Philosophy (1949–1967).
  • Paul Johannes Tillich – Professor of Religion (1962).
  • James Hayden Tufts – Former Professor of Philosophy


  • Richard T. Antoun† – Professor (1989); Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Binghamton University; stabbed to death by student in 2009
  • Wendy Doniger – Historian of Religions (1978– )
  • Mircea Eliade† – Sewell Avery Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions (1958–1986), best known for his "myth of the Eternal Return" and his book The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion.
  • Joseph Kitagawa† – Historian of Religions
  • Bruce Lincoln – Historian of Religions
  • Charles Long[disambiguation needed] – Historian of Religions
  • David Tracy – Professor Emeritus of Theology (1970–); leading figure in theological hermeneutics and proponent of theological pluralism in works such as Plurality and Ambiguity (University of Chicago Press, 1986).
  • Joachim Wach† – Historian of Religions (1944–55)
  • Christian K. Wedemeyer – Historian of Religions (2003– )


Medicine and health policy[edit]

  • Mark Siegler – Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
  • Harold Pollack – Professor and chair of the Center for Health Administration Studies

Social sciences[edit]

  • Arjun Appadurai (A.M. 1973, Ph.D. 1976) – Former Professor of Anthropology.
  • Gary Becker (A.M. 1953, Ph.D. 1955) – University Professor in Economics, Graduate School of Business, and Sociology.
  • Donald Bogue (A.M., Ph.D.)- Current professor of sociology at the University of Chicago.
  • Dipesh Chakrabarty – Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History and South Asian Languages & Civilizations.
  • Ronald Coase – Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Economics, The Law School.
  • Karin Knorr-Cetina – George Wells Beadle Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and Sociology.
  • Constantin Fasolt – Professor of Early Modern European History.
  • Robert Fogel – Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of American Institutions.
  • John Hope Franklin – John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in History.
  • Milton Friedman – Paul Snowden Russell Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Economics.
  • Susan Gal – Mae & Sidney G. Metzl Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics; a leading scholar in studies of Eastern Europe, linguistic anthropology, and gender.
  • Clifford Geertz – Professor of Anthropology (1960–1970).
  • Chauncy Harris – Pioneering geographer at the University of Chicago in the first department of geography in the United States.
  • Friedrich Hayek – Former Professor in the Committee on Social Thought.
  • James Heckman – Winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2000.
  • Morton A. Kaplan – Professor of Political Science
  • Lawrence Kohlberg (A.B. 1949, Ph.D. 1958) – Professor in the Committee on Human Development (1962–1968).
  • Maynard C. Krueger Socialist Vice-Presidential Candidate and Professor of Economics 1933? – ??
  • Harold Lasswell – One of the most influential political scientists of the 20th century.
  • Steven Levitt – Alvin H. Baum Professor in Economics.
  • Mark Lilla – Professor in the Committee on Social Thought (1999–2007).
  • John A. List economist, pioneer in the field of experimental economics
  • Robert Lucas Jr. (A.B. 1959, Ph.D. 1964) – John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor in Economics.
  • Raven I. McDavid, Jr., linguist, dialectologist
  • John Mearsheimer – R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science.
  • Charles Edward Merriam – Founder of the behavioral approach to political science.
  • Merton H. Miller – Robert R. McCormick Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Business.
  • Hans Morgenthau – One of the most important International Relations theorists; his seminal book Politics Among Nations defined the International Relations field.
  • Robert Pape (Ph.D. 1988) – Professor of Political Science.
  • Robert E. Park – Professor of Sociology (1914–1936).
  • Alfred Radcliffe-Brown – Professor of Anthropology (1931–1937); developed theory of Structural Functionalism.
  • Robert Redfield – Professor of Anthropology (1927–1958).
  • Marshall Sahlins – Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology.
  • Edward Sapir – Creator of the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, Sapir is arguably the most influential figure in American linguistics.
  • Saskia Sassen – Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology (1998–2007).
  • David M. Schneider – Professor of Anthropology (1960–1986).
  • Theda Skocpol – Former Professor of Sociology (1981–1986). Now Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard.
  • George Stigler – Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and Graduate School of Business.
  • William I. Thomas (Ph.D. 1896) – Professor of Sociology (1896–1918).
  • Victor Turner – Former Professor in the Committee on Social Thought.
  • Thorstein Veblen – Professor of Political Economy (1892–1906).
  • Stephen Walt – Former Professor (1989–1999) and Deputy Dean of Social Sciences (1996–1999). Dean of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government after tenure at the University of Chicago.
  • William Julius Wilson – Lucy Flower University Professor of Sociology (1972–1996).
  • Albert Wohlstetter – Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom. Influenced prominent neoconservatives, including Paul Wolfowitz. Prominent theorist of the Cold War.
  • Frederic Thrasher – Notable sociologist and prominent member of the Chicago School of Sociology
  • Iris Marion Young – Former Professor of Political Science

Arts and entertainment[edit]

University Presidents[edit]

See also: The Presidents of the University of Chicago, University of Chicago Presidential Search Committee
President Life Tenure
William Rainey Harper 1856–1906 1891–1906
Harry Pratt Judson 1849–1927 1906–1923
Ernest DeWitt Burton 1856–1925 1923–1925
Max Mason 1877–1961 1925–1928
Robert Hutchins 1899–1977 1929–1951
Lawrence A. Kimpton 1910–1977 1951–1960
George Wells Beadle 1903–1989 1961–1968
Edward H. Levi 1911–2000 1968–1975
John T. Wilson 1914–1990 1975–1978
Hanna Holborn Gray born 1930 1978–1993
Hugo F. Sonnenschein born 1941 1993–2000
Don Michael Randel born 1940 2000–2006
Robert J. Zimmer born 1947 2006–present

Board of trustees[edit]


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