Karl Joachim "Jock" Weintraub (1924 – March 25, 2004) was a longtime professor of history at the University of Chicago, having taught there since 1954. He was a strong proponent of liberal education and wrote and spoke extensively on its value.
Weintraub was born in Germany to parents of German and Russian-Jewish ancestry; as a result of their heritage, they fled to the Netherlands in 1935, where they were forced into hiding during the Nazi occupation. He and his sister Tatjana Wood emigrated to the United States in 1948. He received his post-secondary education at the University of Chicago, attaining a B.A. in 1949, a Master's in 1952, and a Ph.D. in History in 1957.
Weintraub's scholarship focused on culture, autobiography, and the history of the self; he was the author of Visions Of Culture (1966) and The Value Of The Individual: Self and Circumstance in Autobiography (1978). Weintraub noted that 18th- and 19th-century autobiographical writers often used a narrative of "development" in their stories, as distinct from earlier autobiographies' use of a narrative of "unfolding". He was a renowned teacher of the University of the Chicago's core course in Western Civilization, which is still taught by his wife Katy O'Brien Weintraub. Weintraub's classes, with a head count typically capped in the twenties, would attract hundreds of potential students and were some of the most popular classes at the college for many years.
- Campus Life, Chicago; A Tough Teacher Whose Classes Are a Big Draw. New York Times, May 27, 1990.
- Karl Joachim Weintraub. University of Chicago News Office, March 26, 2004.
- Autobiography and Decolonization. Philip Holden. University of Wisconsin Press, 2008, p. 18.
- Students find U. of C. Prof a Class Act. Chicago Sun-Times, May 20, 1986.