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]

Oriental Institute[edit]




  • Danielle Allen – Dean of the Division of Humanities; MacArthur Fellow
  • Clifford Ando – Professor of Roman Empire History; author of Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire (2000) (which won APA's Goodwin Award in 2003), and The Matter of the Gods (2008); editor of Roman Religion (2003) and co-editor, with Jörg Rüpke, of Religion and Law in Classical and Christian Rome (2006)
  • 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
  • Jonathan M. Hall – Professor of Greek History; Chair of Classics Department; author of Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity (Cambridge, 1997); APA's Goodwin Award; 2004 Gordon J. Laing Prize; Quantrell Teaching Award; Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service
  • James M. Redfield – Edward Olson Distinguished Service Professor of Classics
  • Peter White – professor of Roman poetry, comedy and satire and Greco-Roman historiography; Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs; author of Promised Verse: Poets in the Society of Augustan Rome; APA's Goodwin Award; Quantrell Teaching Award


  • Hannah Arendt – former Professor in the Committee on Social Thought
  • Rudolf Carnap – Professor of Philosophy; leading member of the Vienna Circle
  • Stanley Cavell – visiting lecturer on philosophy
  • 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
  • Burton Dreben – logician, became an Instructor in 1955
  • Charles Hartshorne – former Professor of Philosophy
  • John Haugeland – David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy
  • Charles Larmore – Chester D. Tripp Professor and the Raymond W. & Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor
  • 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
  • Robert B. Pippin – Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, 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
  • J. A. B. van Buitenen – George V. Bobrinskoy Professor of Sanskrit in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations
  • 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
  • Hans Küng – Catholic priest, theologian, and author
  • Bruce Lincoln – 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 – Associate Professor of the History of Religions; MacArthur Fellow in 1987


Medicine and health policy[edit]

  • Raphael Carl Lee – surgeon, medical researcher, biomedical engineer; MacArthur Fellow in 1981
  • Harold Pollack – professor and Chair of the Center for Health Administration Studies
  • Mark Siegler – Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
  • Daniel Sulmasy – medical ethicist
  • Olufunmilayo Olopade – Distinguished Service Professor in Medicine and Human genetics; MacArthur Fellow

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
  • Chris Blattman – economist, political scientist, member of the Pearson Institute
  • Leonard Bloomfield – linguist who led the development of structural linguistics
  • 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
  • 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; leading scholar in studies of Eastern Europe, linguistic anthropology, and gender
  • Clifford Geertz – Professor of Anthropology (1960–1970)
  • Matthew Gentzkow – Richard O. Ryan Professor of Economics and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow
  • Susan Goldin-Meadow – Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Comparative Human Development, the College, and the Committee on Education
  • 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
  • Hans Joas – visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Thought and a Member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago
  • Morton A. Kaplan – Professor of Political Science
  • Evelyn M. Kitagawa (B.A. 1941, Ph.D. 1951) – Professor of Sociology
  • Karin Knorr-Cetina – George Wells Beadle Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
  • 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
  • Jacob Marschak – economist, leader of the Cowles Commission
  • 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 – international relations theorist; his book Politics Among Nations defined the international relations field
  • Robert Pape (Ph.D. 1988) – Professor of Political Science
  • Vivian Paley – early childhood education researcher; MacArthur Fellow in 1989
  • Robert E. Park – Professor of Sociology (1914–1936)
  • Henry Paulson – fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and the chairman of the Paulson Institute; 74th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • William R. Polk – established the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, serving as Founding Director
  • Kenneth Prewitt – Director of the Census Bureau from 1998-2001, appointed Assistant Professor in 1965
  • Alfred Radcliffe-Brown – Professor of Anthropology (1931–1937); developed theory of Structural Functionalism
  • Robert Redfield – Professor of Anthropology (1927–1958)
  • Albert Rees – former University of Chicago and Princeton University economics professor, former Provost at Princeton, advisor to President Gerald Ford
  • Carl Rogers – one of the founders of humanistic psychology
  • Marshall Sahlins – Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
  • Edward Sapir – creator of the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, 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)
  • Richard Shweder – Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development in the Department of Comparative Human Development
  • Michael Silverstein – Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of anthropology, linguistics, and psychology; MacArthur Fellow in 1982
  • 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
  • Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah – specialised in studies of Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Tamils, as well as the anthropology of religion and politics
  • William I. Thomas (Ph.D. 1896) – Professor of Sociology (1896–1918)
  • Frederic Thrasher – sociologist and prominent member of the Chicago School of Sociology
  • 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
  • Naomi Weisstein – professor of psychology; Guggenheim fellow
  • 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
  • Dali Yang – William Claude Reavis Professor in the Department of Political Science, Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing
  • Theodore O. Yntema (Ph.D. 1929) – economist, director of the Cowles Commission
  • 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]