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; 1960s-era political activist; former member of the domestic terrorism organization Weather Underground; author of a number of books on the teaching profession; active in progressive campaigns for school reform
  • Daniel J. Bernstein, professor, Department of Computer Science; author of qmail and djbdns; multiple NSF grant winner and Sloan Foundation fellow; distinguished for his work in the fields of cryptography and computer security
  • 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
  • Robert Bruegmann, professor of art history; specialist on the Chicago school of architecture; best known for his research on the architectural firm of Holabird & Root; 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's studies, department of history; 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, director of the Center for Wound Repair and Tissue Regeneration
  • Peter Doran, Ph.D, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences who specializes in polar regions, especially Antarctic climate and ecosystems; lead author of a research paper about Antarctic temperatures published in the journal Nature in January 2002
  • Roberta M. Feldman, professor emerita (Architecture)
  • Stanley Fish, Dean Emeritus of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; has published many articles and books; renowned scholar on Milton; a sometimes controversial figure in academia
  • Gerald Graff, professor, department of English; 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 specialization in Augustine, Buddhist thought, and religious diversity
  • Peter Bacon Hales, former Chair and professor of Art History, photographer, and musician; 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 author of The Grid Book, an interdisciplinary history of the grid's influence on Western culture
  • Doug Ischar, Associate Professor Of Photography[1] known for his fine art addressing stereotypes of masculinity and male behavior
  • Louis Kauffman, professor of mathematics; known for the introduction and development of the bracket polynomial and Kauffman polynomial in knot theory; founding editor and a managing editor of the Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications, and editor of the World Scientific Book Series On Knots and Everything; writes the "Virtual Logic" column for the journal Cybernetics and Human Knowing; president of the American Society for Cybernetics (2007); 1993 recipient of the Warren McCulloch award of the American Society for Cybernetics
  • Jim Knoedel, Head Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track Coach
  • Jimenez Lai, architect, comic book artist
  • Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences; known for analysis of economic rhetoric and critique of the role of statistical significance in economics
  • Walter Benn Michaels, professor and chair, department of English; respected literary critic, particularly for his work on identity studies and American culture; 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; 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; lead author of The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging; recipient of two Independent Science Awards from the National Institute on Aging; Fulbright Senior Specialist
  • Dan Peterman, Professor of Art and Art History, distinguished environmental artist.
  • Anna C. Roosevelt, Professor of Anthropology, archaeologist
  • Jennifer Reeder, Associate Professor of Moving Image
  • Sally Sedgwick, distinguished professor of philosophy
  • Bhama Srinivasan, mathematician known for her work in the representation theory of finite groups, professor emerita of the Department of Math Statistics and Computer Science
  • Deborah Stratman, Professor of Art and Art History, experimental film maker
  • Richard Thieme, ex-priest, technology commentator
  • Michael Trenary, professor of Chemistry
  • Luís Alberto Urrea, poet, novelist, essayist, professor of English
  • Anne Winters, poet, leftist, professor of English
  • Xiaofeng Zhou, assistant professor, Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases; internationally known oral cancer researcher



  • Anne Allison, professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University, specializing in contemporary Japanese society[2]
  • 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[3]
  • Michele Dauber, 1993, law professor at the Stanford Law School.[4]
  • 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[5]
  • Kevin Desouza, associate dean for research, College of Public Programs, Arizona State University; formerly at 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[6]
  • Lindsay Grace, C. Michael Armstrong professor of Fine Arts at Miami University, focusing on game design theory and writing[7]
  • Richard I. Morimoto, B.S., Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology, Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, and Director of the Rice Institute for Biomedical Research at Northwestern University[8]
  • Michael E. Newcomb, B.A. 2004, clinical psychologist[9][10]
  • Kali Nikitas, B.F.A, chair of the Communication Arts department at Otis College of Art and Design[11]
  • Richard Schneirov, 1971, professor of history, noted labor historian at Indiana State University, Fulbright Scholar[citation needed]

Architecture and design[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]


Government, politics, and service[edit]

Journalism, literature and writing[edit]

Medicine and dentistry[edit]

  • 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
  • Mohan D. Nair, Indian pharmaceutical scientist and author
  • David Sackett (1934–2015), American-Canadian medical doctor, widely regarded as the "father of evidence-based medicine"
  • 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]



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