List of University of Illinois at Chicago people

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This is a list of people associated with the University of Illinois at Chicago in the United States. Note that for earlier alumni, validating attendance is difficult. Before the creation of the Circle Campus, UIC was a two-year institution at Navy Pier. After two years, students continued at the Urbana-Champaign campus.

During this period, the Chicago campus was not seen as distinct; thus, records about the first two years of a student's attendance often said nothing about whether those years were completed at Navy Pier. Consequently, some of the below alumni are credited in official biographies as graduating from the "University of Illinois." The alumni listed below for the Navy Pier period are those confirmed to have attended the Navy Pier campus.


Notable faculty[edit]

  • Bill Ayers, retired Professor of Education. A 1960s-era political activist and former member of the domestic terrorism organization Weather Underground. Ayers is the author of a number of books on the teaching profession and is active in progressive campaigns for school reform.
  • Farhad Ansari, Professor of Civil Engineering, President of ISHMII,2009-2014,Pioneer in use of fiber optic sensors for structural health monitoring of bridges.
  • William T. Bielby sociologist, Professor of Sociology at UIC, President of the American Sociological Association from 2002–2003
  • Jerry Bona mathematician, professor at UIC math department.
  • Daniel J. Bernstein, professor, Department of Computer Science. Author of qmail and djbdns. A multiple NSF grant winner and Sloan Foundation fellow, Bernstein is also distinguished for his work in the fields of cryptography and computer security.
  • Robert Bruegmann, professor of Art History, a specialist on the Chicago school (architecture), and best known for his research on the architectural firm of Holabird & Root. He is also a commentator on urban sprawl.
  • Juan Carlos Campuzano, Distinguished Professor of Physics, Argonne Distinguished Fellow
  • Ananda Chakrabarty, Distinguished professor of microbiology. Created the oil-eating bacterium used during the Gulf War. Special adviser to the US government and United Nations.
  • Marc Culler, mathematician working in geometric group theory and low-dimensional topology. Known for work on the cyclic surgery theorem, Culler–Vogtmann Outer space, and the A-polynomial of a knot.
  • John D'Emilio, professor, department of gender and women studies, department of history. A leading scholar of gay and lesbian history, D'Emilio's work was cited by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in his 2003 majority opinion when the court struck down a Texas law that criminalized sodomy.
  • Kayla Chase, Ph.D., research scientist at the UIC Psychiatric Institute, currently researching the molecular underpinnings of schizophrenia.
  • Luisa DiPietro, Ph.D. and D.D.S. (UIC). Professor of Periodontics at the UIC College of Dentistry, and director of the Center for Wound Repair and Tissue Regeneration.
  • Peter Doran, Ph.d, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences that specializes in polar regions, especially Antarctic climate and ecosystems. Doran was the lead author of a research paper about Antarctic temperatures that was published in the journal Nature in January 2002.
  • Stanley Fish, Dean Emeritus of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Has published many articles and books, is a renowned scholar on Milton, and is a sometimes controversial figure in academia.
  • Joe G. N. Garcia, Professor of Medicine at UIC, an American pulmonary scientist and physician. Dr. Garcia is a leading authority on the genetic basis of lung disease and the prevention and treatment of inflammatory lung injury.
  • Gerald Graff, professor, department of English. A respected literary critic, particularly on the subject of pedagogy.
  • Stedman Graham, Specializes in the field of Management. Public speaker on leadership and motivation. Owner of successful consulting company. Significant other of Oprah Winfrey.
  • Paul J. Griffiths, Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Catholic Studies and Chair, department of classics and mediterranean studies. A leading scholar in the fields of religious and Catholic studies, with a specialization in Augustine, Buddhist thought, and religious diversity.
  • Peter Bacon Hales, Former Chair and professor of Art History, photographer, and musician. He specializes in the study of American spaces and landscapes, the history of photography, and contemporary art.
  • Hannah Higgins, professor of Art History. Wrote the definitive history of the Fluxus movement, and recently published The Grid Book, an interdisciplinary history of the grid's influence on Western culture.
  • Louis Kauffman, professor of Mathematics. Most famous for the introduction and development of the bracket polynomial and Kauffman polynomial in Knot Theory. He is the founding editor and one of the managing editors of the Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications, and editor of the World Scientific Book Series On Knots and Everything. He writes a column entitled Virtual Logic for the journal Cybernetics and Human Knowing. In 2007 he was president of the American Society for Cybernetics. He is the 1993 recipient of the Warren McCulloch award of the American Society for Cybernetics
  • Jimenez Lai, Architect and a comic book artist
  • Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Well known for her analysis of economic rhetoric and her critique of the role of statistical significance in economics.
  • Walter Benn Michaels, professor and chair, department of English. A respected literary critic, particularly for his work on identity studies and American culture. He is also well known for the article "Against Theory", which appeared in Critical Inquiry.
  • Peter Nelson, professor, director of the Artificial Intelligence laboratory, Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering.
  • S. Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemiology, UIC School of Public Health. He is a biodemographer known for his research on the upper limits to human aging and longevity and his efforts to inform the public about products that claim to reverse or stop the aging process. Olshansky is the lead author of "The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging," the recipient of two Independent Science Awards from the National Institute on Aging, and a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
  • Bhama Srinivasan, mathematician known for her work in the representation theory of finite groups, and professor emerita of the Department of Math Statistics and Computer Science.
  • Anna C. Roosevelt, Professor of Anthropology, and archeologist.
  • Richard Thieme, ex-priest and technology commentator
  • Luís Alberto Urrea, poet, novelist, essayist and professor of English.
  • Anne Winters, poet, leftist, and professor of English.
  • Xiaofeng Zhou, Assistant Professor, Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases, and internationally known oral cancer researcher.

Alumni[edit]

Academia[edit]

  • Anne Allison, professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University, specializing in contemporary Japanese society[1]
  • Nancy Cartwright, Ph.D. Professor of philosophy at the London School of Economics and the University of California at San Diego, and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship[2]
  • Kevin Desouza, Associate Dean for Research, College of Public Programs, Arizona State University. Prior appointments include: University of Washington, London School of Economics, Virginia Tech, and the University of Witwatersrand. Author of nine books and over 100 articles on information management, knowledge and innovation management, and security. Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts.[3]
  • William A. Dembski, B.A. 1981, M.S. 1983. Mathematician, philosopher, theologian, author, and professor of philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas[4]
  • Lindsay Grace, C. Michael Armstrong professor of Fine Arts at Miami University, focusing on game design theory and writing[5]
  • Richard I. Morimoto, B.S. Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology, Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology an Cell Biology, and Director of the Rice Institute for Biomedical Research at Northwestern University[6]
  • Kali Nikitas, B.F.A. Chair of the Communication Arts department at Otis College of Art and Design[7]
  • Richard Schneirov, 1971. Professor of history, noted labor historian at Indiana State University and Fulbright Scholar[citation needed]
  • Roger Wojtkiewicz, B.A. 1974. Professor, former Chairperson, Department of Sociology, Ball State University[citation needed]

Architecture and design[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Business[edit]

Government, politics, and service[edit]

Journalism, literature and writing[edit]

Medicine and dentistry[edit]

  • Mark Frey B.A. 1977. President and Chief Executive Officer, Alexian Brothers Health System
  • Stanley J. Korsmeyer (1951–2005). Oncologist who helped develop the concepts of the role of programmed cell death in carcinogenesis
  • Harry Watson Martin (1889-1951), medical director of 20th Century Fox Studios and third husband of Louella Parsons
  • John Short B.S. 1977. Senior VP, Chief Operating Officer, Resurrection Medical Center at Resurrection Health Care
  • Sheila Tlou 1990. Botswana specialist in HIV/AIDS and women's health, nursing educator and former Minister of Health

Non-profit organizations[edit]

Sports[edit]

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