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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anne Allison, professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University, specializing in contemporary Japanese society
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
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.
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
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
Kali Nikitas, B.F.A, chair of the Communication Arts department at Otis College of Art and Design