List of Princeton University people
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This list of notable people associated with Princeton University includes faculty, staff, graduates and former students in the undergraduate program and all graduate programs, and others affiliated with the University. Individuals are sorted by category and alphabetized within each category. The "Affiliation" fields in the tables in this list indicate the person's affiliation with Princeton and use the following notation:
- B indicates a bachelor's degree
- Att indicates that the person attended the undergraduate program but may not have graduated
- AM indicates a Master of Arts degree
- MPP indicates a Master of Public Policy degree awarded by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
- MPA indicates a Master in Public Affairs degree awarded by the Woodrow Wilson School
- MCF indicates completion of the Mid-Career Fellowship, a discontinued non-degree program of the Woodrow Wilson School
- MSE indicates a Master of Science in Engineering degree awarded by the School of Engineering and Applied Science
- PhD indicates a Ph.D. degree
- GS indicates that the person was a graduate student but may not have received a degree
- F indicates a faculty member, followed by years denoting the time of service on the faculty
- T indicates a Trustee of Princeton University, followed by years denoting the time of service
- Pres indicates a President of Princeton University, followed by years denoting the time of service
- 1 Politics and government
- 2 Royalty
- 3 Military
- 4 Academia
- 5 Business
- 6 Science and technology
- 7 Literature
- 8 Journalism
- 9 Sports
- 10 Entertainment
- 11 Art and architecture
- 12 Other
- 13 In fiction
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Politics and government 
- Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., 1932 – World War II Medal of Honor recipient killed in the Battle of Tarawa
- William L. Brandon, 1819 – Confederate Army general
- James Caldwell, A.B. 1759 – American Revolutionary soldier and chaplain
- James Robb Church, 1888 – Medal of Honor recipient, Spanish–American War
- Kenneth F. Cramer, B. Litt. 1916, M.A. 1917 – United States Army Major General and Chief of the National Guard Bureau
- William J. Crowe (1925–2007), Ph.D. 1965 – U.S. Navy Admiral, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and American Ambassador to Great Britain
- Glen Edwards, M.S. 1947 – U.S. Air Force test pilot
- Andrew Goodpaster, A.M. 1949, M.S.E. 1949, Ph.D. 1950 – Supreme Allied Commander, Europe for NATO
- Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee, A.B. 1773 – American Revolutionary cavalry officer, father of Robert E. Lee
- Gordon Johnston, A.B. 1896 – Medal of Honor recipient, Philippine–American War
- Mark A. Milley, A.B. 1980 - U.S. Army General, commander of Forces Command
- David Petraeus, M.P.A. 1985 Ph.D. 1987 – former commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and United States Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A), USCENTCOM, and Multi-National Force – Iraq; former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Elliott White Springs, A.B. 1917 – World War I flying ace and memoirist
- Tamon Yamaguchi, 1921–1923 – Japanese Admiral killed at the Battle of Midway
- Nathaniel Scudder - physician and patriot leader during the Revolutionary War
- James Millikin Bevans – U.S. Air Force Major General
This section includes lists of notable academics who graduated from Princeton and notable Princeton faculty members. Boldface indicates a current professor at Princeton.
Alumni and students
Faculty and staff
Faculty with only short visiting appointments are excluded from this list. Albert Einstein was one of many scholars at the independent Institute for Advanced Study not formally associated with the University but nevertheless closely linked to it.
- Stan Allen – Dean of the Princeton University School of Architecture; author of Points and Lines
- Elizabeth Diller – architect, professor of architecture, winner of MacArthur Foundation Fellowship 1999–2004
- Michael Graves – professor emeritus
- Paul Lewis – assistant professor; Director of Graduate Studies; principal of LTL Architects
- Sergey Padyukov - architect, engineer and human rights activist
- Kazuyo Sejima – principal of Tokyo-based architecture firm SANAA
- Sarah Whiting – assistant professor and M.Arch thesis director; editor of Assemblage and Log; principal of WW Architecture
Economics and business
- Orley Ashenfelter - professor of economics, winner of the Frisch Medal (1982)
- Ben Bernanke – professor of economics and public affairs; Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board
- William G. Bowen – professor emeritus of economics; president of Princeton University, 1972-1988; president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 1988-2006
- Angus Deaton – professor of economics; president of the American Economic Association
- Avinash Dixit – professor of economics; co-author of Games of Strategy; former president of the Econometric Society; 2008 president of the American Economic Association
- Gene Grossman – professor of economics
- Daniel Kahneman – professor of economics and psychology, Nobel Prize in economics (2002)
- Nobuhiro Kiyotaki – professor of[economics; winner of the 1997 Nakahara Prize of the Japan Economics Association and the 1999 Yrjö Jahnsson Award of the European Economic Association
- Alan Krueger – professor of economics
- Paul Krugman – professor of economics, New York Times columnist, winner of the John Bates Clark Medal, Nobel Prize in economics (2008)
- Arthur Lewis - former professor; Nobel laureate (Economics 1979)
- Burton Malkiel Ph.D.  – professor of economics; former dean of the Yale School of Management; author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street
- Eric Maskin – professor of economics; Nobel Prize in economics (2007)
- Harvey S. Rosen – professor of economics, former chairman of Council of Economic Advisers
- Harold Tafler Shapiro – professor emeritus of economics, former president of Princeton University and of the University of Michigan
- Christopher Sims – professor of economics; Nobel Prize in economics (2011)
- Lars E. O. Svensson – professor of economics; deputy governor of the central bank of Sweden; one of the ten best economists in the world according to IDEAS/RePEc
Government, law, and public policy
- Bruce Alger - former U.S. representative for Texas's 5th congressional district
- Charles Beitz – professor of politics
- Jeremy Ben-Ami – executive director of J Street and JStreetPac
- Willie Blount – Governor of Tennessee from 1809 to 1815
- Barbara Bodine – diplomat in residence
- Ted Cruz – U.S. Senator for Texas, 2013–present; candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination
- Angus Deaton – Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs, and Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Economics
- Alexandra Davis DiPentima, Chief Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court
- Richard Falk – Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus
- Aaron Friedberg – professor of international relations
- Robert P. George – professor of jurisprudence, constitutional law scholar
- Robert Gilpin – Eisenhower Professor of Public and International Affairs, Emeritus
- Jan Gross – professor of history
- Thad Hutcheson, class of 1937 – lawyer and Republican politician from Houston, Texas
- Robert Hutchings – diplomat-in-residence
- G. John Ikenberry – Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs
- Harold James – professor of History and International Affairs
- Nannerl O. Keohane – Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs
- Robert Keohane – university professor of international relations
- Daniel Kurtzer – diplomat-in-residence
- Nolan McCarty – Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs
- Helen Milner – B.C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs
- Hassan Ali Mire – first Minister of Education of the Somali Democratic Republic
- Philip Pettit – professor of politics and philosophy
- Uwe Reinhardt – James Madison professor of political economy
- Anne-Marie Slaughter – dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
- John Thomas Steen, Jr. – lawyer in San Antonio and currently the 108th Secretary of State of Texas
- Isaac Tichenor, 1775 – governor of Vermont, U.S. senator
- Robert C. Tucker – IBM Professor of International Studies, Emeritus
- John Waterbury – William Stewart Tod Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Emeritus
- Thomas Woodrow Wilson, A.B. 1879 – author of Congressional Government 1885; President of Princeton University, 1902–10; Governor of New Jersey, 1911–13; 28th President of the US, 1913–21; recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1919, for promoting the establishment of the League of Nations
Art, literature, and humanities
- Marco Aponte Moreno – lecturer of Spanish, 2005–06; theater actor, linguist, 2007–08
- Kwame Anthony Appiah – professor of philosophy
- Peter Brown – professor of history
- Anthony Burgess – visiting professor, 1970–71; novelist and critic; author of The Long Day Wanes, A Clockwork Orange and Earthly Powers
- Americo Castro – professor of Hispanic literature
- Lisa R. Cohen – Ferris professor of Journalism; Emmy Award-winning TV news magazine producer, author
- Robert Darnton – emeritus professor of history
- Donald Davidson – professor of philosophy
- Selden Edwards – best-selling novelist, headmaster, teacher
- Jeffrey Eugenides – novelist, professor of creative writing and Pulitzer Prize Winner
- Robert Fagles – emeritus professor of English and comparative literature
- Denis Feeney – professor of classics
- John V. Fleming – emeritus professor of English and comparative literature
- Hal Foster – art critic professor in the department of art and archeology
- Arthur Frothingham – professor of Art and Archaeology
- Emmet Gowin – professor of photography
- Anthony Grafton – professor of history
- Gilbert Harman – professor of philosophy, winner of the Jean Nicod Prize
- William Howarth – professor of English and environmental studies
- Frank Cameron Jackson – professor of philosophy
- Walter Kaufmann – professor of philosophy
- Yusef Komunyakaa – poet, professor in the Creative Writing Program (Pulitzer Prize for Poetry)
- Saul Kripke – professor emeritus of Philosophy at Princeton University; winner of the 2001 Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy
- Mirjam Kuenkler – assistant professor of Near Eastern Studies
- Victor Lange – professor of modern languages
- Paul Lansky – composer, professor of music
- Chang-Rae Lee – professor of writing, New York Times bestselling author
- David K. Lewis – professor of philosophy
- Perry Link – professor of East Asian Studies
- Toni Morrison – professor in the Creative Writing Program, Nobel laureate (Literature 1993)
- Paul Muldoon – professor of poetry, Pulitzer Prize winner
- Haruki Murakami – visiting professor, literature, creative writing
- Alexander Nehamas – professor of philosophy
- Joyce Carol Oates – Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities; professor in the Creative Writing Program; author; Pulitzer Prize nominee
- Elaine Pagels – professor of religion
- Francis Landey Patton – professor of theology; president of the University, 1888–1902
- Ricardo Piglia – professor of Latin-American literature
- Thomas J. Preston, Jr. – professor of archeology
- Albert J. Raboteau – Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion, Princeton University, former Dean of the Graduate School
- Richard Rorty – professor of philosophy
- Carl Emil Schorske – emeritus professor of history, winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture (1980)
- Ruth Simmons - Vice Provost, 1992–95 – first female and first black president of any Ivy League school (Brown)
- Peter Singer – professor of human values, expert on practical ethics
- P. Adams Sitney – film historian, professor of visual arts
- Michael A. Smith – professor of philosophy
- Walter Terence Stace – professor of philosophy
- Gregory Vlastos – professor of philosophy
- Andrew Fleming West – Giger Professor of Latin, 1883–1928; dean of the graduate school, 1900–1928
- Cornel West – professor of philosophy
- C. K. Williams – professor of poetry, Pulitzer Prize winner
- Michael Wood – professor in the English department
Math and science
- Forman S. Acton – professor of computer science
- David B. Agus – professor of medicine and engineering, author
- John H. Conway – professor of mathematics, best known for the Game of Life
- Ingrid Daubechies – professor of mathematics; namesake of Daubechies wavelet
- Henry Eyring – professor of chemistry, known for the Eyring equation; recipient of the National Medal of Science in 1966
- Charles Fefferman – professor of mathematics, Fields Medalist
- James E. Gunn – Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy, leader of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and predicted the eponymous Gunn–Peterson trough
- Karl Jöreskog – professor of statistics
- Joseph Henry – professor of natural philosophy
- Thomas H. Jordan – former Professor of Earth Sciences; current director of the Southern California Earthquake Center
- Daniel Kahneman – Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics
- Nicholas Katz – professor of mathematics
- Brian Kernighan – co-author of AWK and AMPL, author of The C Programming Language
- Elon Lindenstrauss – professor of mathematics, Fields Medalist
- George A. Miller – professor emeritus of psychology, seminal contributions in cognitive psychology and cognitive science
- Gananath Obeyesekere – professor of anthropology
- Andrei Okounkov – professor of mathematics, Fields Medalist
- Gerard K. O'Neill – professor of physics, leader in field of space colonization, author of The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space
- Jeremiah Ostriker – professor of astrophysics and recipient of the National Medal of Science
- Paul Steinhardt – Albert Einstein professor of physics; recipient of the Dirac Medal (2002)
- Philip Warren Anderson – Joseph Henryprofessor of physics and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics
- Philip James Edwin Peebles – professor emeritus of physics, one of the first to predict the nature of the cosmic microwave background radiation
- Peter Sarnak – professor of mathematics
- Paul Seymour – professor of mathematics
- Yigong Shi – professor of molecular biology, leader in the field of apoptosis
- Osamu Shimomura – researcher honored with the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on GFP
- Goro Shimura – professor emeritus of mathematics, fundamental contributions to number theory and automorphic forms, especially in Langlands program
- Yakov G. Sinai – professor of mathematics
- Elias M. Stein – professor of mathematics, recipient of the Steele Prize (1984 and 2002), the Schock Prize in Mathematics (1993), the Wolf Prize in Mathematics (1999), the National Medal of Science (2002), and Stefan Bergman Prize (2005)
- Manjul Bhargava – Simons Investigator, 2012
- Robert Tarjan – professor of computer science, inventor of many algorithms related to graph theory, winner of the 1986 Turing Award, recipient of the 1982 Nevanlinna Prize
- Joseph Hooton Taylor – professor of physics, 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics
- Daniel C. Tsui – professor of applied physics and electrical engineering, 1998 Nobel Prize in Physics
- John Archibald Wheeler – professor emeritus of physics, later collaborator of Albert Einstein, advisor to Richard Feynman and Kip Thorne
- Eric Wieschaus – professor of molecular biology, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
- Andrew Wiles – professor of mathematics, proved Fermat's Last Theorem, winner of the Schock Prize (1995), Royal Medal (1996), Cole Prize (1996), Wolf Prize (1996), King Faisal Prize (1998) and Shaw Prize (2005)
- Andrew Yao – computer scientist, winner of the 2000 Turing award
- Val Fitch – professor emeritus of physics, Nobel laureate
- Edward Witten – professor emeritus of physics, Fields Medalist, 2012 Fundamental Physics Prize
- Nathan Seiberg – professor emeritus of physics, 2012 Fundamental Physics Prize
- Juan Martin Maldacena – professor emeritus of physics, 2012 Fundamental Physics Prize
- David Spergel – professor of astrophysics, leading astrophysicist
- J. Richard Gott – professor of astrophysics, winner of the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching
- Robert Calderbank – professor of electrical engineering, mathematics, and applied mathematics
- Claire F. Gmachl – professor of electrical engineering
- Brian Kernighan – professor of computer science and co-author of The C Programming Language
- Robert Sedgewick – professor of computer science
- Alexander Smits – professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, leading expert on turbulence and fluid dynamics
- Howard Stone – professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and chemical engineering, leading expert in fluid dynamics
- Robert J. Vanderbei – professor of operations research and financial engineering, mathematics, astrophysics, computer science
- Gerhard Andlinger, A.B. 1952 – founder of Andlinger & Company
- James T. Aubrey, Jr., A.B. 1941 – president of CBS and MGM
- Norman Augustine, B.S.E. 1957– former CEO of Lockheed Martin
- Jeff Bezos, B.S.E. 1986 – founder of Amazon.com
- Frank Biondi, A.B. 1963 – former chairman of Viacom
- John C. Bogle, A.B. 1951 – former founder and CEO of The Vanguard Group, which pioneered the index fund
- Charles W. Coker, A.B. 1955 – former CEO and Chairman of Sonoco Products
- Joseph Fichera, B. 1976 - founder and CEO of Saber Partners; auction rate securities expert
- Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., class of 1920 – former CEO of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
- George M. Ferris, Jr. - investment banker and philanthropist
- Malcolm Forbes, A.B. 1941 – businessman and publisher
- Steve Forbes, A.B. 1970 – son of Malcolm Forbes; businessman and publisher of Forbes magazine
- William Clay Ford, Jr., 1979 – Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors Ford Motor Company
- Thomas F. Frist, III, 1991 - investor
- Franklin Potts Glass, Jr., 1877 – newspaper publisher
- Phil Goldman, B.S.E. 1986 – founder of WebTV
- Jaquelin H. Hume, B. 1928 - founder of Basic American Foods, conservative philanthropist
- Carl Icahn, A.B. 1957 – corporate raider
- Andrea Jung, A.B. 1979 – CEO of Avon Products
- John Katzman, A.B. Architecture 1981 – founder of The Princeton Review
- Joe Kennedy, B.S.E. 1981 – CEO and President of Pandora Internet Radio
- George Kern, 1947 – lawyer, partner at Sullivan & Cromwell
- F. Thomson Leighton, B.S.E. 1978 – cofounder of Akamai Technologies
- Peter B. Lewis, A.B. 1955 – Chairman of Progressive
- Joseph Wharton Lippincott, Jr. - head of Philadelphia publisher J. B. Lippincott & Co.
- Donold Lourie, A.B. 1922 – President and CEO of Quaker Oats Company
- Aaron Marcus, B.A. 1965 – founded Aaron Marcus and Associates, Inc. in 1982
- Ginna Marston, B.A. 1980 – public service advertising
- James S. McDonnell, M.S. 1921 – founded McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in 1939
- Nick Morgan, A.B. English literature 1976 – speaking coach and author:229
- Ellen Pao - CEO of Reddit
- Louis Rukeyser, A.B. 1954 – former host of Wall $treet Week and business commentator
- Eric Schmidt, B.S.E. 1976 – former CEO of Google; 136th wealthiest person in the world in 2011
- Jeffery A. Smisek, A.B. Economics 1976 – CEO of United Continental Holdings
- Tad Smith - CEO, Sotheby's
- Jon Steinberg, B.A. 1999 - President and COO of Buzzfeed
- Rawleigh Warner, Jr., A.B. - former president and CEO of Mobil
- John Weinberg, A.B. 1948 – head of Goldman Sachs from 1976 to 1990
- Meg Whitman, A.B. 1977 – CEO of eBay and Hewlett-Packard
- Sir Gordon Wu, B.S.E. Civil Engineering 1958 – founder and chairman of Hopewell Holdings Ltd
- William Fung, B.S.E. 1970 – managing director of Li & Fung (Trading) Ltd.
Science and technology
Here are listed alumni who made notable contributions to science and technology outside academia.
- James C. Adamson, M.S.E. 1977
- Daniel T. Barry, M.A. 1977, M.S.E. 1977, Ph.D. 1980
- Brian Binnie, M.S.E. 1978
- Pete Conrad, Jr., B.S.E. 1953, M.A. 1966, only Princeton graduate (as of 2015) to walk on the Moon.
- Gerald Carr, M.S.E. 1962
- Gregory T. Linteris, B.S.E. 1979, Ph.D. 1990
Engineering and science
- Hal Abelson, A.B. 1969 – directed implementation of the Logo programming language for the Apple II; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT
- Daniel Barringer, A.B. 1879 – geologist
- David R. Boggs, B.S.E. 1972 – co-inventor (with Robert Metcalfe) of Ethernet
- Henry Crew, A.B. 1882 – physicist; president of the American Physical Society in 1909
- Thomas C. Hanks, 1966 – seismologist, introduced Moment magnitude scale to measure earthquakes
- John D. Hunter, 1990 - neurobiology 
- Ernest Lester Jones, A.B. 1898 – head of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1914 until his death in 1929
- William C. Martin, Ph.D. 1956 – atomic spectroscopist
- Andreas Mandelis, Ph.D. 1979 – expert on photonics
- Wilder Penfield, 1913 – Canadian neurosurgeon
- John Warner, Ph.D. 1988 - chemist, one of the founders of the field of green chemistry
|Adams, LorraineLorraine Adams||A.B. 1981||Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, author of Harbor and The Room and the Chair|||
|Bass, HyattHyatt Bass||A.B.||Author of The Embers (2009)|||
|Bishop, John PealeJohn Peale Bishop||A.B.1917||Poet|
|Buechner, FrederickFrederick Buechner||A.B. 1947||Pulitzer Prize-nominated author|
|Cain, SusanSusan Cain||1989||New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking|||
|Caldwell, IanIan Caldwell||A.B. 1998||Co-authored the recent book The Rule of Four, set on the Princeton campus.|
|Donoso, JoséJosé Donoso||A.B. 1951||Chilean author|
|Edwards, SeldenSelden Edwards||A.B. 1963||Author of The Little Book and The Lost Prince|
|Ferriss, TimothyTimothy Ferriss||A.B 2000||Author of The 4-Hour Workweek and holder of the world record in tango|
|Fitch, StonaStona Fitch||A.B. 1983||Author of Senseless on which the movie Senseless is based and Give and Take, founder of Concord Free Press|
|Fitzgerald, F. ScottF. Scott Fitzgerald||Class of 1917 (did not graduate)||Author of The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise|
|Foer, Jonathan SafranJonathan Safran Foer||A.B. 1999||Author of Everything Is Illuminated|
|Galchen, RivkaRivka Galchen||A.B. 1998||Author of Atmospheric Disturbances|
|Halliburton, RichardRichard Halliburton||A.B. 1922||Author, adventurer, lecturer|
|Hamid, MohsinMohsin Hamid||A.B. 1993||Author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist|
|Hessler, PeterPeter Hessler||A.B. 1992||Author of River Town and Oracle Bones|
|Kirn, WalterWalter Kirn||A.B. (English) 1983||Author of Up in the Air and other novels, literary critic, essayist|
|Litz, A. WaltonA. Walton Litz||A.B 1951||Literary critic|
|McPhee, JohnJohn McPhee||A.B. 1953||Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Ferris Professor of Journalism since 1974|
|Matteson, JohnJohn Matteson||A.B. 1983||Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer|
|Morgan, George FrederickGeorge Frederick Morgan||Poet|
|Norman, JohnJohn Norman||Ph.D 1963||Sci-Fi author and philosopher|
|Picoult, JodiJodi Picoult||A.B. 1987||Bestselling novelist|
|Quillian, William H.William H. Quillian||B.A. 1965, M.A.,Ph.D. 1975||Author, Professor of English on the Emma B. Kennedy Foundation at Mount Holyoke College|
|Remnick, DavidDavid Remnick||A.B. 1981||Editor of The New Yorker|
|Riley, LawrenceLawrence Riley||Playwright and screenwriter, author of Personal Appearance, Return Engagement and Kin Hubbard|
|Salem Smith, DeborahDeborah Salem Smith||A.B. Art and Archaeology, 1996||Poet and playwright|||
|Schlosser, EricEric Schlosser||A.B. 1982||Journalist, Fast Food Nation|
|Scribner I, CharlesCharles Scribner I||Founder of Scribner's publishing house; his descendants include several Princeton alumni|
|Weiner, JenniferJennifer Weiner||A.B. 1991||Novelist, Good in Bed, In Her Shoes Little Earthquakes, and Goodnight Nobody|
|Wilson, EdmundEdmund Wilson||A.B. 1916||Literary critic|
|Welles, ChrisChris Welles (1937–2010)||Business journalist and author|||
Pulitzer Prize winners
- A. Scott Berg, A.B. 1971 – Pulitzer Prize winner for biography of Charles Lindbergh, winner of the National Book Award for biography of Max Perkins
- Robert Caro, A.B. 1957 – two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner for The Power Broker and Master of the Senate
- George F. Kennan, A.B. 1925 – two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for history in 1957 and biography in 1968; Cold War diplomat; architect of "containment" strategy (also listed in Government: Other)
- Galway Kinnell, A.B. 1948 – Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet
- Arthur Krock, A.B. 1908 – two-time Pulitzer Prize winner while writing for The New York Times in the 1930s
- John Matteson, A.B. 1983 – Pulitzer Prize winner for Biography in 2008 for Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father
- Charles McIlwain, A.B.1894– Pulitzer Prize for history in 1924; professor at Princeton
- John McPhee, A.B. 1953 – Humanities Council professor, 1999 Pulitzer Prize recipient
- James M. McPherson - Professor of History; Pulitzer Prize winner in 1989 for Battle Cry of Freedom
- W. S. Merwin, A.B. 1948 – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator
- Eugene O'Neill, class of 1910 (did not graduate) – Nobel laureate (Literature 1936), three-time Pulitzer Prize winner
- Ralph Barton Perry, A.B. 1896 – Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1936, professor at Harvard University
- Ernest Poole, A.B. 1902 – Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1918
- David Remnick, A.B. 1981 – Pulitzer Prize Winner for general non-fiction in 1994 for Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire; general editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998
- Booth Tarkington, A.B. 1893 – two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist for The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams
- William W. Warner, 1943 – science writer, Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction in 1977 for Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay
- Thornton Wilder M.A. 1925 – three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, once for fiction and twice for drama; National Book Award winner; Our Town premiered at Princeton
- George F. Will, Ph.D. 1968 – Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1977
- Jesse Lynch Williams, A.B. 1892 – Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1918
- Joel Achenbach, A.B. 1982 - writer for The Washington Post and author of the Post's Achenblog
- R. W. Apple, Jr., A.B. 1957 - writer for The New York Times
- Hamilton Fish Armstrong, A.B. 1914 - editor of Foreign Policy
- William Attwood, A.B. 1941 - U.S. Ambassador and publisher of Newsday
- Kate Betts, A.B. 1986 - editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar
- John Brooks, A.B. 1942 - author and staff member, The New Yorker
- Robert Caro, A.B. 1957 - Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction writer
- Patrick Chovanec, A.B. 1993 - commentator on the economy of China in Western media
- Lisa R. Cohen - Ferris professor of journalism, Emmy-winning television producer, author
- Burton Crane, 1922 - The New York Times foreign correspondent and financial author
- Bosley Crowther, A.B. 1928 -film critic at The New York Times
- Frank Deford, A.B. 1961 - writer for Sports Illustrated; broadcaster on U.S. radio and television
- Marc Fisher - writer for The Washington Post
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, A.B. 1917 - novelist and short story author
- Barton Gellman, A.B. 1982 - editor at The Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize winner
- Charlie Gibson, A.B. 1965 - journalist, former Good Morning America host, anchor of ABC World News Tonight
- Scott Gurvey, A.B. 1973 - journalist, former Nightly Business Report senior correspondent and New York bureau chief
- Robert Hilferty, A.B. 1982 - writer for Bloomberg News, New York, The New York Times, Opera News, and The Village Voice
- Richard Just, A.B 2001 - managing editor, The New Republic
- Olivier Kamanda, B.S.E 2003 - editor, Foreign Policy Digest
- Donald Kirk, A.B. 1959 - national correspondent, Chicago Tribune
- Rick Klein, A.B. 1998 - editor of The Note
- Richard Kluger, A.B. 1956 - Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and book publisher
- Doug Lederman, A.B. 1984 - co-founder and editor of Inside Higher Ed and former editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education
- John S. Martin, A.B. 1923 - managing editor, Time
- Robert McLean, A.B. 1913 - publisher, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin
- John B. Oakes, A.B. 1934 - editorial page editor, The New York Times
- Don Oberdorfer, A.B. 1952 - writer for The Washington Post, current professor at Johns Hopkins University
- Norimitsu Onishi, A.B. 1992 - reporter for The New York Times
- Paul Raushenbush, F. 2003-2011 - Editor of Huffington Post Religion
- T.R. Reid, A.B. 1966 - former correspondent, The Washington Post; bestselling non-fiction author
- Maria Ressa, B.S.E. – Rappler CEO
- James Ridgeway, A.B. 1959 - editor and writer, New Republic and The Village Voice
- Rick Stengel, A.B. 1977 – managing editor of Time
- Mark Stevens, A.B. 1973 - film critic for New York and co-author of De Kooning: An American Master
- John Stossel, A.B. 1969 - ABC News anchor/correspondent
- Annalyn Swan, A.B. 1973 - co-author of 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning De Kooning: An American Master
- Katrina vanden Heuvel, A.B. 1981 – editor of The Nation
- Christine Whelan, A.B. 1999 - contributor to The Wall Street Journal and others, author of Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women
- Alexander Wolff, A.B. 1979 – writer for Sports Illustrated
- Robert Sterling Yard, B.A. 1883 – journalist for the New York Sun and New York Herald; editor-in-chief of The Century Magazine; founder and first president of The Wilderness Society
- Hobey Baker, A.B. 1914 – ice hockey player; college hockey's top individual award is named in his memory
- Carl Barisich - former professional football player, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins
- Moe Berg, A.B. 1923 – baseball player and spy
- David Blatt, B.A. 1981 - Israeli-American basketball player and coach (most recently, for the Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Arthur Bluethenthal, 1913 – All-American football player; decorated World War I pilot
- Bill Bradley, A.B. 1965 – former basketball star; member of the Basketball Hall of Fame; former U.S. Senator
- Bob Bradley, A.B. 1980 – United States National Soccer Coach and MLS Cup winning coach.
- Karl Chandler – former professional football player, New York Giants and Detroit Lions
- Geep Chryst – quarterbacks coach, San Francisco 49ers
- Jon Dekker – professional football player, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Emerson Dickman – baseball coach (1949–51); his teams won two Eastern League championships and tied one, as the 1951 team reached the College World Series
- Keith Elias, A.B. 1993 – former professional football player in the National Football League
- John Fisher, A.B. 1983 – owner, Oakland Athletics
- Jason Garrett – former professional football player, offensive coordinator, interim head coach, Head Coach (2011 – ) for the Dallas Cowboys
- Charlie Gogolak, former professional football player, Washington Redskins and New England Patriots
- Wycliffe Grousbeck, A.B. 1983 – CEO, Governor, and co-owner, Boston Celtics
- Jeff Halpern, A.B. 1999 – current NHL player; plays for the NHL team Los Angeles Kings
- Sara Hendershot, A.B. 2010 – rower at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Armond Hill - Assistant Coach, Los Angeles Clippers; former NBA basketball player, 1976 to 1984
- Red Howard, football player
- Ariel Hsing - Olympic table tennis player
- Lynn Jennings, A.B. 1983 – Olympic runner, three-time world cross country champion, member of National Distance Running Hall of Fame
- Dick Kazmaier, A.B. 1952 – Heisman Trophy winner 1952
- Zak Keasey - former professional football player, San Francisco 49ers
- Donold Lourie, A.B. 1922 – College Football Hall of Fame inductee
- Larry Lucchino, A.B. 1967 – President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox
- Jesse Marsch, A.B. 1995 – professional soccer player, winner of three MLS championships with D.C. United and the Chicago Fire
- Rich McKay, A.B. 1981 – President and General Manager, Atlanta Falcons
- Frank McPhee - football player
- John Messuri – former professional hockey player, Princeton Tigers all-time leading scorer
- Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum – American-born German showjumper
- Cook Neilson, A.B. 1967 – motorcycle racer, member of American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame
- Dennis Norman, 2001 – former professional football player, San Diego Chargers
- Ross Ohlendorf – current MLB pitcher for the Washington Nationals
- George Parros – professional ice hockey player, for the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks
- Geoff Petrie, A.B. 1970 – former NBA player; current President of Basketball Operations for the Sacramento Kings
- Mark Shapiro – Cleveland Indians general manager; two-time MLB Executive of the Year
- Brian Taylor former ABA and NBA basketball player, 1972-1982
- John Thompson III, 1988 – basketball coach at Georgetown
- Soren Thompson, 2005 – fencer, NCAA épée champion, junior olympic champion, Maccabiah Games silver medalist, Olympic fencer
- Ross Tucker, 2000 – former professional football player, sports columnist
- Bob Tufts – Major League Baseball pitcher
- Terdema Ussery, A. B. 1981 – President and CEO of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks basketball team
- Will Venable – outfielder for the San Diego Padres
- Kevin Westgarth – current NHL player; plays for the NHL team Los Angeles Kings
- Erica Wu - Olympic table tennis player
- Chris Young – starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals
- Ben Zinn – international soccer player and academic at Georgia Tech
|Chen, Sara BaiyuSara Baiyu Chen||A.B. 2008||Singer-songwriter and actress|
|Barnouw, ErikErik Barnouw||Writer, critic, documentary filmmaker, Columbia University professor|
|Berlind, RogerRoger Berlind||A.B. 1954||Produced or co-produced over 40 plays and musicals on Broadway (winning over 60 Tony Awards, including 12 for best production), as well as many off-Broadway and regional productions|
|Bogardus, StephenStephen Bogardus||A.B. 1976||Actor|
|Bowman, BrooksBrooks Bowman||A.B. 1936||Jazz composer and writer of the song "East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)"|
|Cain, DeanDean Cain||A.B. 1988||Actor (Clark Kent/Superman in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)|
|Coen, EthanEthan Coen||A.B. 1979||Academy Award-winning filmmaker (No Country for Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Fargo)|
|Jones, KwanzaKwanza Jones||Billboard-charting singer, songwriter and actress|
|Duchovny, DavidDavid Duchovny||A.B. 1982||Actor, won Golden Globe Awards for The X-Files and Californication|
|Ephraim, MollyMolly Ephraim||A.B. 2008||Stage, film, and television actress|
|Ferrer, JoséJosé Ferrer||A.B. 1933||Academy Award and Tony Award-winning actor|
|Feuerstein, MarkMark Feuerstein||A.B. 1993||Film and television actor (Royal Pains)|
|Gerson, RuthRuth Gerson||A.B. 1992||Singer, songwriter|
|Gibbons, ThomasThomas Gibbons||A.B. 2013||Comedian and screenwriter|
|Goldman, BoBo Goldman||A.B. 1953||Co-winner of the 1976 Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest); winner of the 1981 Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Melvin and Howard)|
|Hammond, NicholasNicholas Hammond||Actor (The Sound of Music, The Amazing Spider-Man)|
|Horn, CharlesCharles Horn||Ph.D.||Writer (Robot Chicken)|
|Jarecki, AndrewAndrew Jarecki||Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker, Capturing the Friedmans|
|Jarecki, EugeneEugene Jarecki||Documentary filmmaker, Why We Fight|
|Johnson, Robert L.Robert L. Johnson||A.M. 1972||Founded BET in 1980; member of the board for US Airways, General Mills, and Hilton Hotels|
|Jordan, StanleyStanley Jordan||A.B. 1981||Jazz guitarist|
|Kelly, LarissaLarissa Kelly||A.B. 2002||Fifth-ranked all-time Jeopardy! winner|
|Kemper, EllieEllie Kemper||A.B. 2002||Actress (Erin Hannon on The Office)|
|Kunhardt, Jr., Philip B.Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr.||A.B. 1950||Managing director of Life magazine and documentary filmmaker; producer of The American President|
|Logan, JoshuaJoshua Logan||A.B. 1931||Director (Camelot, South Pacific); winner (or co-winner) of seven Tony Awards, co-winner of a Pulitzer Prize, nominated three times for Academy Award|
|Mazin, CraigCraig Mazin||A.B. 1992||Screenwriter (Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4)|
|McCormick, MyronMyron McCormick||A.B. 1933||Actor; winner of a Tony Award in 1950|
|McGrath, DouglasDouglas McGrath||A.B. 1980||Actor, director, and screenwriter (Bullets Over Broadway)|
|Miller, WentworthWentworth Miller||A.B. 1995||Film and TV actor (Michael Scofield on Prison Break)|
|Moss, JeffJeff Moss||A.B. 1963||Lyricist, composer, poet; co-creator of Sesame Street; former member of Princeton Triangle Club; winner of fifteen Emmy Awards|
|Pinkney, Rose CatherineRose Catherine Pinkney||Television executive with Paramount and Twentieth Century Fox|
|Randall, JaneJane Randall||Third place contestant on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 15; currently signed to modelling agency IMG Models|
|Rogers, WayneWayne Rogers||A.B. 1955||Actor (Trapper John McIntyre on M*A*S*H)|
|Romer, BarbaraBarbara Romer||A.B. 1993||Film and theatrical producer; founder of the Globe Theatre|
|Rosen, MarcMarc Rosen||Film and television producer, known for his work on the Harry Potter film franchise and the TV series Threshold|
|Shields, BrookeBrooke Shields||A.B. 1987||Model/actress (The Blue Lagoon, TV series Suddenly Susan), former member of Princeton Triangle Club|
|Simon, BrettBrett Simon||A.B. 1997||Director (Assassination of a High School President)|
|Stewart, JimmyJimmy Stewart||B.S. 1932||Academy Award-winning actor (former member of Princeton Triangle Club), aviator, Brigadier General in the United States Air Force; Honorary degree in 1947|
|Taber, RobertRobert Taber||Actor|
|Windust, BretaigneBretaigne Windust||A.B. 1929||Film director, producer|
Art and architecture
- Stan Allen M.Arch. - dean of School of Architecture, Princeton University
- Merritt Bucholz - partner of Irish-based Bucholz | McEvoy Architects, and Professor of Architecture at University of Limerick
- Thomas S. Buechner - founding director of the Corning Museum of Glass; director of the Brooklyn Museum
- Michael Graves - architect, designer and Princeton professor
- Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, A.B. Anthropology - photographer, director and digital artist, star of Bravo's 2010 docu-series Double Exposure about her photography
- Jim Lee, A.B. Psychology 1986 - comic book artist, known for works on X-Men, Batman; a founder of Image Comics
- Gilbert Levine, B.A. 1971 - conductor, leading figure in classical music television
- Demetri Porphyrios, M.Arch. 1974, Ph.D. 1980 – architect and architectural theorist
- Frank Stella - artist
- William Turnbull, Jr. - architect and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
- Robert Venturi, A.B. 1947, M.F.A. 1950 – architect, Pritzker Prize laureate 1991
- Marion Sims Wyeth - architect of Mar-A-Lago and other mansions
- David W. Doyle, '49 - Central Intelligence Agency officer; author
- Cate Edwards, '04 - daughter of two-time presidential candidate and 2004 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards
- John Frame, '61 - reformed theologian
- Donald B. Fullerton, 1913 - missionary and founder of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship
- Zelda Harris, '07 - former child actress, known for her starring role in the Spike Lee dramedy Crooklyn
- James Hogue - attended Princeton under the fraudulent persona of "Alexi Indris Santana," 1989-1991
- Dario Hunter, '04 - the first Muslim-born person to be ordained a rabbi
- Jeffrey R. MacDonald, '65 - subject of Joe McGinnis' best seller "Fatal Vision"; Green Beret physician convicted of murdering his wife and two children at Fort Bragg
- Joseph (Lyle) Menendez - convicted murderer, left Princeton in 1988 following plagiarism charges
- Michelle Obama, '85 - First Lady of the United States, wife of United States President Barack Obama
- Rebecca Sealfon, '05 - Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Champion
- Richard Akre Trythall, '63 - composer and pianist, winner of the 1964 Rome Prize in musical composition and fellow of the American Academy in Rome
- Peter Aaron Van Dorn - lawyer, judge and planter from Mississippi
- John C. Whitcomb, '48 - young earth creationist
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Listed in alphabetical order by title name.
- 24 – President Charles Logan graduated from Princeton University
- 30 Rock – Jack Donaghy is an alumnus; multiple episodes center on his college experience
- A Beautiful Mind – tells of the mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s initial days at Princeton University (Although the film is a fictionalized biography, in real life Nash did receive his doctorate from Princeton and was a Princeton professor)
- A Cinderella Story – the characters played by Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray will be attending Princeton at the end of the movie
- Across the Universe – the character Max attends Princeton, but drops out
- Batman Begins – Bruce Wayne attended Princeton University, although he chose not to continue his education there after returning home (it is unknown whether he had completed his undergraduate school education and was attending graduate school or if he was dropping out of college)
- Burn After Reading – Osbourne Cox, the lead played by John Malkovich, was a Princeton Graduate Class of 1973, and in a scene at a fictional Princeton Club, leads a fast-tempo rendition of Princeton's anthem, Old Nassau
- Charles in Charge – Charles gets accepted as a graduate student in Princeton
- Commander in Chief – Kelly Ludlow, the press secretary played by Ever Carradine has graduated from Princeton
- Doogie Howser, M.D. – the namesake child prodigy graduated from Princeton at the age of 10 in 1983 and received his medical license at age 14
- Everwood – Amy Abbott is accepted to Princeton
- Family Ties – "Young Republican" Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) spends the first two seasons of the series preparing to attend Princeton
- Gilmore Girls – Rory Gilmore is accepted into Princeton University
- Good in Bed, novel by Jennifer Weiner – protagonist Cannie Shapiro is a Princeton alumna
- In Her Shoes (1991), a novel by Jennifer Weiner – Rose Feller is a Princeton grad. Her younger sister Maggie camps out in a Princeton library
- Leatherheads – the character of Carter Rutherford is a star Princeton quarterback
- Left Behind series – character Cameron "Buck" Williams is a Princeton grad
- Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, science fiction novel by H. Beam Piper – Calvin Morrison had been a theology student at Princeton, but dropped out to join the U.S. Army and fight in the Korean War; He later becomes an officer with the Pennsylvania State Police and transported to another time-line
- Mad Men – Paul Kinsey is a Princeton graduate (class of '55) and in "My Old Kentucky Home" (season 3, episode 3), Kinsey's classmate Jeffrey, a drug dealer, reminisces about the Tigertones a cappella group
- Mars Attacks! – President James Dale (Jack Nicholson) is a Princeton alumnus
- Numb3rs – the characters of Charlie Eppes and Larry Fleinhardt are Princeton Alumni (Charlie graduated at the age of 16 and Larry at the age of 19)
- Risky Business – Tom Cruise's character gets into Princeton after an unconventional interview at his own home
- Rubber – one of the spectators ("film buff Ethan") appears wearing an orange-embroidered black baseball cap reading "PRINCETO"
- Salt – Angelina Jolie's character Evelyn Salt went to Princeton
- South Pacific – Lt. Joe Cable attended Princeton
- South Park – Mayor McDaniels
- The Big Bang Theory – Leonard Hofstader, attended Princeton
- The Change-Up – Dave Lockwood graduated from Princeton University
- The Cosby Show – Sondra Huxtable and her (future) husband Elvin Tibideaux of graduated from Princeton
- The Flintstones – in the 1961 episode entitled "Flintstone of Prinstone", Fred briefly attends Princeton's prehistoric counterpart, "Prinstone University," as a part-time student; in the 1964 episode "Cinderellastone", Fred's dream character also attended Prinstone
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Princeton is Philip's alma mater; his son, Carlton, enrolls in Princeton by the final episode
- The Girl Next Door – Eli is mentioned as having been accepted to Princeton
- The Mindy Project – the main character, Mindy Lahiri, attended Princeton
- The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement – Anne Hathaway's character has graduated from Princeton
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist, novel – the characters Changez and Erica are Princeton grads
- The Rule of Four, mystery novel – the protagonists are Princeton students and the Art Museum and its collections play a central role in the plot
- The Simpsons – Cecil Terwilliger, the brother of Sideshow Bob, is an alumnus (Sideshow Bob refers to it as the years Cecil spent in Clown College); Snake also attended, but took a year off, presumably never to return
- The Talented Mr. Ripley – Dickie Greenleaf (played by Jude Law) has attended Princeton, and the title character Tom Ripley pretends he is a Princeton alumnus.
- The War of the Worlds, 1938 radio adaptation Professor Richard Pierson of the Princeton Observatory, portrayed by Orson Welles
- The West Wing – former Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) is a magna cum laude Princeton undergraduate
- There's Something About Mary – Mary attended Princeton University, as did her ex-boyfriend "Woogie" who was also holder of a scholarship from Princeton
- This Side of Paradise, semi-autobiographical novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald – a former Princeton alumnus himself, the protagonist Amory Blaine attends Princeton
- Watchmen – a graphic novel created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins: Dr. Jon Osterman/Doctor Manhattan, born 1929, attended Princeton University in 1948–1958 and graduated with a Ph.D. in atomic physics
- Weeds – the character Megan gets accepted into Princeton
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