List of Emory University people
This is a list of influential and newsworthy people affiliated with Emory University, a private university in DeKalb County, Georgia, near Atlanta. The list includes professors, staff, graduates, and former students belonging to one of Emory's two undergraduate or seven graduate schools.
- 1 Alumni
- 1.1 Pulitzer Prize
- 1.2 Academia
- 1.3 Business
- 1.4 Arts and letters
- 1.5 Politics
- 1.5.1 Heads of state
- 1.5.2 U.S. Vice Presidents
- 1.5.3 U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and other prominent federal government officials
- 1.5.4 U.S. Governors and Lieutenant Governors
- 1.5.5 Legislators
- 1.5.6 Diplomats
- 1.5.7 Military
- 1.5.8 Judges
- 1.5.9 Attorneys
- 1.5.10 Activists
- 1.6 Religion
- 1.7 Science
- 1.8 Sports
- 1.9 Honorary degrees
- 2 Faculty
- 3 Presidents of Emory
- 4 References
- 5 Notes
- Louis R. Harlan (BA 1943) - American historian and academic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984
- Frank Main (BA 1986) - Pulitzer Prize-winning (2011) reporter for the Chicago Sun Times
- Dumas Malone (BA 1910) - 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, former head of Harvard University Press and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
- David M. Potter (BA 1931) - Southern historian and Pulitzer Prize winner (1977)
- Claude Sitton (BA 1943) - Pulitzer Prize winner (1983) and former New York Times national editor
- C. Vann Woodward (BA 1930) - 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
Presidents of academic institutions
- G. Gabrielle Starr (BA 1993, MA 1993) President, Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.
- Philip A. Amerson (PhD 1976) - President, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
- Ivan Loveridge Bennett (BA 1943, MD 1946) - physician, dean of the NYU School of Medicine, president of New York University 1980-1981
- Robert G. Bottoms (BD 1969) - former President of DePauw University
- Marion L. Brittain (BA 1886) - academic administrator, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology 1922-1944
- Charles Paul Conn (MA, PhD) - President of Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee
- James H. Daughdrill, Jr. (BA 1956) - 18th president of Rhodes College
- Arthur Hollis Edens (BA 1928, MA 1938) - 3rd President of Duke University
- Andrew D. Holt (BA 1927) - 16th President of the University of Tennessee
- Isaac Stiles Hopkins (Bachelor's degree 1859) - first President of the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Robert Stewart Hyer (BA 1881, MA 1882) - president of Southwestern University, first President of Southern Methodist University, educator and researcher in Texas, noted for experimenting with early X-ray and telegraphy equipment
- James F. Jones (Master's degree) - 21st president of Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
- Howard Lamar (BA 1945) - former dean of Yale College and former President of Yale University
- Michael Lomax (PhD 1984) - President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Negro College Fund, former president of Dillard University (1997–2004)
- Ward B. Pafford (BA) - 3rd President of the University of West Georgia
- John M. Palms - President of the University of South Carolina, 1991–2002
- Luis M. Proenza - 15th President of the University of Akron
- Luther Martin Smith (BA 1848) - first President of Emory University who also was an alumnus (1867–1871)
- Henry King Stanford (BA) - 19th President of the University of Georgia and 3rd President of the University of Miami
- Robert M. Strozier - former President of Florida State University
- Frederick Palmer Whiddon (PhD 1963) - founder and first president of the University of South Alabama
- Amalia Amaki (MA, PhD) - artist, art historian
- Randall Auxier (PhD 1992) - professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University
- Jim Chen (BA, MA) - Dean of the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
- Don H. Compier (PhD 1992) - founding dean of the Community of Christ Seminary, Graceland University
- Cherry Logan Emerson (BA 1938, MA 1939) - Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientific Computation founder and distinguished faculty member
- Etta Falconer (PhD 1969) - educator and mathematician, one of the first female African-American PhDs in math
- Elizabeth Price Foley (BA 1987) - legal theorist
- Ted Gayer (BA 1992) - economist, associate professor at Georgetown Public Policy Institute
- Margot Gayle (MS Bacteriology) - former American historic preservationist and author
- Lassie Goodbread-Black (MA 1944) - farmer and educator; in 1925, became the first woman to enroll at the University of Florida
- Louis R. Harlan (BA 1943) - historian and academic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984
- Valerie Horsley (PhD 2003) - biologist
- William Kelso (PhD 1971) - archaeologist, Director of Research and Interpretation for the Preservation Virginia (APVA) Jamestown Rediscovery project
- Ben Konop (BA) - Lucas County Commissioner, an attorney and law professor at Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law and the University of Toledo College of Law
- Magali Cornier Michael (MA, PhD) - feminist literary scholar, Professor of English, and current Chair of the English Department at Duquesne University
- Jacob Mincer (BA 1950) - "Father" of Labor economics and Chicago School member
- Howard W. Odum (BA 1904) - sociologist
- Susan Pharr (BA 1966) - academic in the field of political science, Japanologist
- James I. Robertson, Jr. (MA 1956, PhD 1959) - scholar on the American Civil War, professor at Virginia Tech
- Jeffrey Burton Russell (PhD) - an American historian and religious studies scholar
- Barton C. Shaw (PhD) - historian, professor at Cedar Crest College
- Christopher Snyder (MA, PhD) - Professor of European History and Director of the National Celtic Heritage Center at Marymount University
- Melissa Wade (BA 1972, MA 1976, M.T.S. 1996, Th. M 2000) - debate coach and leader in the Urban debate league movement, Director of Forensics and the Barkley Forum at Emory University
- Judson C. "Jake" Ward Jr. (BA 1933) - Dean of Emory College, later received the Award of Honor of the Association of Emory Alumni, Thomas Jefferson Award, and the Freedom Foundation Award
- Nelson Adams (internship 1979 and residency 1982) - physician, President of the National Medical Association, founder and president of Access Health Solutions, LLC
- Paul S. Amos II (MBA) - President and CEO of Aflac
- Sean Belnick (BBA 2009) - founder of Bizchair.com, appeared on "Secret Millionaire"
- Michael Blum - President and CEO of ORIX USA Asset Management LLC, global financial services firm with offices in 27 countries and a market capitalization of over $11 billion
- Ely Callaway (BA 1940) - founder of Callaway Golf
- Mitch Caplan (MBA, JD) - former CEO of E-Trade
- John W. Chidsey (MBA, JD) - former CEO of Burger King
- Kenneth Cole (BA 1976)) - clothing designer
- Harlan Crow - real estate developer from Dallas, Texas
- Aaron Davidson - Chairman of the North American Soccer League and President of Traffic Sports USA
- Marvin Ellison (MBA 2005) - Executive Vice President U.S. stores, Home Depot
- Jason Goldberg (dropped out) - internet entrepreneur
- Michael Golden (MBA) - Vice Chairman of The New York Times Company
- Michael Golden (MBA) - President and CEO of Smith & Wesson
- C. Robert Henrikson (JD 1972) - Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of Metlife, Inc.
- Susan Hoy (Law 1974) - Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Vice President for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Emory Law School Distinguished Alumni award recipient in 2008
- Charles H. Jenkins, Jr. (BA 1975) - Chairman of Publix Super Markets, Inc.
- Alan J. Lacy (MBA 1977) - former Chairman and CEO of Sears, Roebuck and Company
- Jim Lanzone (JD and MBA) - former CEO of Ask.com, former CEO of Clicker, current CEO of CBS Interactive
- Robert A. Maruster (MBA) - Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of JetBlue Airways
- Teri Plummer McClure (Law 1988) - Senior Vice President and General Counsel of United Parcel Service; Emory Law School Distinguished Alumni award recipient in 2008
- Raymond W. McDaniel Jr. (JD) - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Moody's Corporation
- Richard H. Neiman (JD) - 43rd Superintendent of Banks for the State of New York
- Duncan L. Niederauer (MBA 1985) - CEO, NYSE Euronext
- John B. Sams (Advanced Management Program 1988) - Vice President of the Air Force Systems business unit, part of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
- Philip Schwalb (Law 1986) - founder of the Sports Museum of America in New York City
- Rankin M. Smith Sr. (attended one year, then transferred to the University of Georgia) - businessman and philanthropist
- Jack Stahl (BA 1975) - former President and CEO of Revlon, former president and COO of Coca-Cola
- Michael Stone (Law 1975) - co-founder and current president and chief executive officer of The Beanstalk Group
- Ben J. Tarbutton (BA 1905) - businessman and politician
- Emory Williams, Sr. (BA 1932) - retired corporate executive of Sears Roebuck and civic leader in Chicago, namesake of the "Emory Williams Teaching Award" at Emory University
- Robert W. Woodruff (one term as an undergraduate) - former President of the Coca-Cola Company, gave over $230 million to Emory University, namesake of its Woodruff Health Sciences Center and the Robert W. Woodruff Library
- Michael Dubin (BA 2001) - CEO of Dollar Shave Club
Arts and letters
Film and television
- Orny Adams (BA 1993) - actor, comedian (Teen Wolf)
- Scott Budnick (BA 1999) - film producer (The Hangover)
- Fala Chen (BBA 2005) - Chinese-American actress, two-time TVB Anniversary Award for Best Supporting Actress winner, model, and pageant winner
- Joel Godard (BA 1960) - television announcer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien
- Ernie Harwell (BA 1940) - baseball broadcaster
- Glenda Hatchett (JD 1977) - star of the television show Judge Hatchett
- Dr. Will Kirby (BS 1995), celebrity dermatologist, authority on laser tattoo removal, winner of Big Brother and star of Dr. 90210
- Justin Lazard (attended) - actor, producer, director, and model
- Natalia Livingston (BA 1998) - Emmy Award-winning actress on the soap opera General Hospital
- George Page (BA 1957) - television host, known for his work on the PBS series Nature
- Adam Richman (BA 1996) - actor, host of Man v. Food on the Travel Channel
- Eugene Williams, Jr. (BA 1991) - former child actor, known for Fruit of the Loom commercials; author, educator, motivational speaker
Journalism and non-fiction writing
- David Brinkley - journalist and television newscaster
- Charles Haynes - Director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum in Washington, DC and senior scholar at the First Amendment Center
- Frank Main (BA 1986) - Pulitzer Prize-winning (2011) reporter for the Chicago Sun Times
- Eleanor Randolph - journalist, The New York Times
- Kai Ryssdal (BA 1985) - host of Marketplace, a business program that airs weekdays on U.S. public radio stations affiliated with American Public Media
- Mike Sager (BA 1978) - bestselling author and award-winning journalist
- Jonathan Schanzer - author and scholar in Middle Eastern studies
- Bill Sharpe - Charleston, South Carolina news anchor
- Claude Sitton (BA 1943) - Pulitzer Prize winner (1983) and former New York Times national editor
- Touré (attended) - novelist, journalist, cultural critic
- Doug DeMuro - automotive "journalist" for Jalopnik (through August 2016)
Literature and poetry
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (BA 1963) - author best known for his book Life's Little Instruction Book
- Nicole Cooley (PhD) - poet
- Alfred Corn (BA 1965) - poet and essayist
- Norman Finkelstein (PhD) - poet and literary critic
- Ken Grimwood (attended 1961-1963), novelist, author of prize-winning novel Replay, set at Emory
- Olga Grushin (BA 1993) - novelist
- Lauren Gunderson (BA 2004) - playwright
- Carl Hiaasen (attended for two years, then transferred to the University of Florida) - author
- Edward E. Kramer (MD) - editor and author of numerous science fiction, fantasy, and horror works
- Ferrol A. Sams Jr. (MD 1949) - humorist and best-selling author of Run with the Horsemen
- William Y. Thompson (BA 1946) - historian, author of Robert Toombs of Georgia (1966)
- Daniel Wallace (attended as undergraduate, and transferred to University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) - author of Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, later made into the Tim Burton film Big Fish
- Peter Buck - lead guitarist, R.E.M. (dropped out)
- Kristian Bush (BA 1992) - singer and co-founder of the band Sugarland, which won a Grammy Award in 2008
- Scooter Braun (attended as undergrad alum) - music manager of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande
- Mac Davis (attended) - country musician, songwriter and actor
- Tinsley Ellis (BA 1979) - blues singer
- Keri Hilson (attended) - songwriter and R&B artist
- Amy Ray (BA 1986) - singer, the Indigo Girls
- Emily Saliers (BA 1985) - singer, the Indigo Girls
- Robert Schneider (graduate student 2012–present) - lead singer, guitarist and producer, The Apples in Stereo
- Julien Binford - painter
- Jane Jackson (Davis) (BA 1979) - photography curator, former art dealer, founding director of The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, editor of Chorus of Light: Photographs from The Sir Elton John Collection
- Steven Newsome - arts administrator
- Christopher McCandless (BA 1990) - subject of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
- Trip Payne (BA 1990) - puzzle constructor and three-time American Crossword Puzzle Tournament champion
- Joshua Schwadron - featured in the March 2003 publication of GQ magazine, which honored him as its national college "Big Man on Campus"
- Note: individuals who belong in multiple sections appear in the most relevant section.
Heads of state
- Lado Gurgenidze (MBA 1993) - 6th Prime Minister of the country of Georgia
- Lee Hong-koo (BA 1959) - 26th Prime Minister of South Korea
U.S. Vice Presidents
U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and other prominent federal government officials
- Robb LaKritz (JD, 1997) - former Advisor to the Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary, appointed by President George W. Bush
- Jody Powell (PhD) - White House Press Secretary under Jimmy Carter
- David Poythress (BA 1964, JD 1967) - former Secretary of State and Commissioner of Labor of the state of Georgia
U.S. Governors and Lieutenant Governors
- C. Farris Bryant (attended) - 34th Governor of Florida
- Bill Haslam (BA 1980) - 49th Governor of Tennessee; heir to the Pilot Flying J fortune; richest Emory alum, worth $2 billion
- Crissy Haslam (BBA 1980) - First Lady of Tennessee
- Spessard Holland (BA 1912) - 28th Governor of Florida and US Senator from Florida
- Claude R. Kirk Jr. (BS 1945) - 36th Governor of Florida
- Zell Miller (attended) - 79th Governor of Georgia and Senator from Georgia
- Mark Fletcher Taylor (BA 1979) - former lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of Georgia
- Melvin E. Thompson (BA 1926) - 71st Governor of Georgia
- Nathan Philemon Bryan (BA 1893) - former U.S. Senator from Florida
- William James Bryan (BA 1896) - former U.S. Senator from Florida
- Wyche Fowler (JD 1969) - former U.S. Senator from Georgia and ambassador
- Carte Goodwin (JD 1999) - politician and attorney who briefly served as junior United States Senator from West Virginia
- George LeMieux (BA 1991) - U.S. Senator from Florida
- Thomas M. Norwood (BA 1850) - U.S. Senator and Representative from Georgia
- Sam Nunn (BA 1960, LLB 1962) - former U.S. Senator from Georgia
- Tom Stewart (attended) - former U.S. Senator from Tennessee
- Sanford Bishop (JD 1971) - United States Representative from Georgia and a former Democratic member of the Georgia State Senate
- John Glen Browder (MA 1971, PhD 1971) - former member of the United States House of Representatives
- Kathy Castor (BA 1988) - U.S. Congresswoman (D-FL)
- Max Cleland (MA) - former United States Senator from Georgia
- Bill Cobey - former U.S. Representative from North Carolina's 4th congressional district; director of the Jesse Helms Center
- Tillie K. Fowler (BA 1964, JD 1967) - former United States Representative from Florida
- Newt Gingrich (BA 1965) - former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
- Elliott Levitas (BA 1952, JD 1956) - former U.S. Congressman
- James MacKay (LLB 1947) - former U.S. Representative from Georgia
- Larry McDonald (MD 1957) - politician, member of the United States House of Representatives; victim of Korean Air Lines Flight 007, which was shot down by Soviet Union interceptors
- Leslie Jasper Steele (BA 1893 ) - Congressional Representative for Georgia and lawyer
- Fletcher Thompson (BA 1949) - lawyer and Congressional Representative for Georgia
- Robert Wexler (attended for undergraduate degree, then transferred to the University of Florida) - Congressman from Florida
State and city legislators
- Garland T. Byrd (LLB 1948) - former Lieutenant Governor of Georgia
- James V. Carmichael (BA 1932) - member of the Georgia General Assembly from 1935-1940. Candidate for governor of Georgia in 1946.
- Jeffrey M. Frederick (BA 1997) - former member of the Virginia House of Delegates and former chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia
- James A. Harrell, III (Law) - former Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly
- Chris Kolb (Law) - politician from Ann Arbor, Michigan; former member of the Michigan State House of Representatives
- Christian J. Miele (JD 2014) - member of the Maryland House of Delegates
- Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr. (BA 1990) - former member of the Baltimore City Council, member of the Maryland House of Delegates
- Joe Negron (JD 1986) - replacement Republican candidate for the Mark Foley Congressional seat in Florida in 2006
- Jeff Waldstreicher (BA) - politician from Maryland, member of the Maryland House of Delegates
- G. L. P. Wren (Law) - 19th century member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature for Webster Parish
- Peter J. Zuckerman - Councilman, town of North Hempstead, New York 
- David Adelman (JD 1989) - United States Ambassador to Singapore
- Gordon Giffin (JD 1974) - thirty-fourth Ambassador of the United States to Canada
- John Hubert Kelly (BA 1961) - United States diplomat, former United States Ambassador to Finland
- Larry Leon Palmer (BA 1970) - United States diplomat, former United States Ambassador to Honduras
- Francis L. Garrett - Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Navy
- Kevin M. McCoy (MBA 1994) - 42nd commander of Naval Sea Systems Command
- John N. McLaughlin (BA 1941) - Marine Corps Lieutenant General, served in three wars and spent three years as P.O.W.
- Edward L. Thomas - Confederate general during the American Civil War
U.S. Supreme Court Justices
- Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (II) (BA 1845) - former United States Supreme Court Justice and Senator from Mississippi
Federal and state judges
- Rowland Barnes (BA 1972, faculty member at Emory) - former Atlanta Superior Court Judge
- Stanley F. Birch Jr. (JD 1970, LLM 1976) - United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- James Larry Edmondson (BA 1968) - United States federal judge
- J. Robert Elliott (BA 1930, JD 1934) - former politician, federal judge
- Catharina Haynes (JD 1986) - federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Frank M. Hull (JD 1973) - federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- Willis Hunt (LLB 1954) - federal judge serving on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- Hugh Lawson (BA 1963, JD 1964) - United States federal judge
- Leah Ward Sears (JD 1980) - former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia; first African-American Chief Justice in the United States
- Thomas B. Wells (JD 1973) - judge of the United States Tax Court
- Jimmy Faircloth (Master's in Litigation, 1991) - lawyer in Alexandria-Pineville, Louisiana, former executive counsel to Governor Bobby Jindal
- John M. Dowd (JD 1965) - trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax and Criminal Divisions; Emory Law School Distinguished Alumni award recipient in 2008
- E. Duncan Getchell (BA 1971) - lawyer, former nominee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Thomas Hardeman, Jr. (BA 1945) - politician, lawyer and soldier
- Ken Hodges (BA 1988) - former district attorney for Dougherty County, Georgia
- John James Jones (BA 1945) - politician and lawyer
- Burnet Maybank III - lawyer, author, and former two-time director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue
- Craig Mitnick (BA 1984) - lawyer, broadcaster and businessman
- Randolph W. Thrower (BA 1934, JD 1936) - partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, namesake of the Randolph W. Thrower Symposium at Emory University School of Law
- Larry Klayman (JD 1977) - founder of Judicial Watch
- Ralph E. Reed, Jr. (PhD) - conservative political activist
- Wendy Rosenberg-Nadel (BA 1982) - launched Volunteer Emory, received Emory Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007
- Yun Chi-ho (BA) - politician, educator; independence activist in Korea in the early 20th century
- Frank Kellogg Allan (BA 1956) - eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
- Arthur James Armstrong (BA ) - Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- Sante Uberto Barbieri (MA ) - Bishop of the Methodist Church in Latin America
- Robert McGrady Blackburn (BD 1943) - Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- John Warren Branscomb - Bishop of the Methodist Church
- Warren Akin Candler (BA 1877) - Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, tenth President of Emory University
- James Edward Dickey (BA 1891) - Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South
- James L. Duncan (BA 1935)) - Bishop of the Episcopal Church
- Robert Eugene Fannin (M. Div, PhD) - Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- Larry M. Goodpaster (M.Div. 1973, D.Min. 1982) - Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- Paul Hardin, Jr. (M.Div. 1927) - Bishop in the Methodist Church
- Nolan Bailey Harmon - Bishop of the Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church
- Janice Riggle Huie (D.Div 1989) - Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- Earl Gladstone Hunt, Jr. (BD, M.Div. 1946) - President of Emory and Henry College, author and theologian, Bishop of the Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church
- Lewis Bevel Jones III (BA 1946, M.Div. 1949) - Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- Clay Foster Lee, Jr. (Bachelor of Divinity 1953) - Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- Richard Carl Looney - Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- Arthur James Moore (attended as undergraduate 1909–1911) - Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS), the Methodist Church, and the United Methodist Church
- Carl Julian Sanders (BD 1936) - Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- Roy Hunter Short - Bishop of the Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church
- William Turner Watkins (Ph.B. 1926) - Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS) and the Methodist Church
- Timothy W. Whitaker (M.Div. 1973) - Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- Richard J. Wills, Jr. (M.Div. 1967) - Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- John K. Yambasu (M.Theo.) - Bishop of the United Methodist Church for Sierra Leone
Ministers and theologians
- Young John Allen (BA 1858) - American Methodist missionary in late Qing Dynasty China
- Richard E. Blanchard, Sr. (BD 1949) - gospel songwriter
- Lewis C. Branscomb - Methodist minister.
- John B. Cobb - process theologian
- James A. Dombrowski (BA 1923) - southern white Methodist minister, active in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s
- D. L. Dykes, Jr. (1917–1997) (BA 1942) - pastor of First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, from 1955–1984; urged racial moderation during the civil rights movement
- William P. Harrison - minister and theologian, Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives
- Bernice King (M.Div. and J.D.1990) - daughter of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
- Eugene Marion Klaaren (MA) - historian and professor of religion
- Steven Jack Land (M.Div. 1973, PhD 1991) - renewal theologian within the Pentecostal movement
- Doug Moseley (M.Div. 1957) - retired United Methodist minister and author who served as a Republican member of the Kentucky State Senate
- Donald Wildmon (M.Div. 1965) - an ordained United Methodist minister, author, former radio host, and founder and chairman emeritus of the American Family Association and American Family Radio
- William H. Coles (MD) - author and ophthalmologist
- Lisa Cooper (BA) - public health physician, professor at Johns Hopkins University, recipient of the MacArthur Fellows Program fellowship
- Robert DuPont (BA 1958) - national leader in drug abuse prevention, policy and treatment
- H. Winter Griffith (MD 1953) - physician who authored 27 popular medical books
- John R. Heller Jr. - director of National Cancer Institute 1948-1960
- Hamilton E. Holmes (MD 1967) - orthopedic physician
- William N. Kelley (BA, MD) - CEO of University of Pennsylvania Health System, Dean of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, co-discoverer of Kelley-Seegmiller Syndrome
- Michael J. Kuhar - Candler Professor of Neuropharmacology at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory
- David Malebranche (MD 1996) - Haitian-American physician working in the field of HIV/AIDS; assistant professor of medicine at Emory University
- Arnold J. Mandell - neuroscientist and psychiatrist, founding chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego
- Arnall Patz (BA 1943, MD 1945) - ophthalmology researcher and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who discovered that oxygen therapy causes blindness in infants
- Thomas M. Rivers (BA 1909?) - virologist, headed the National Science Foundation's search for a polio vaccine
- Charles H. Roadman II (MD 1973) - 16th United States Air Force Surgeon General
- William C. Roberts (MD 1958) - cardiologist and pathologist, first head of pathology for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; executive director of the Baylor Cardiovascular Institute of Baylor University Medical Center
- Jane Anne Russell - endocrinologist, biochemistry professor
- David Sherer - physician, author and inventor
- Eugene A. Stead (BS 1928, MD 1932) - medical educator, researcher, and the founder of the physician assistant profession
- Edwin Trevathan (MD 1982, MPH 1982) - pediatrician and pediatric neurologist; dean of the School of Public Health at St. Louis University, former director of the Center for Disease Control's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
- W. Dean Warren - former Chairman of the Department of Surgery and President of the American College of Surgeons
- David A. Bray (BS, MS, PhD) - IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2000–2005), Senior Executive with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Chief Information Officer with the Federal Communications Commission
- Sonny Carter (BS 1969, MD 1973) - astronaut, physician, and professional soccer player with the Atlanta Chiefs
- Robert Simpson (MA 1935) - meteorologist and co-developer of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
- Warrick Dunn (MBA 2013) - Pro Bowl NFL running back for the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Bobby Jones (attended law school 1926–1927) - professional golfer, founder of the Masters Tournament, namesake of The Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship Program at Emory University
- Alec Kessler (MD 1999) - basketball player for the University of Georgia and the Miami Heat, orthopedic surgeon
- Diana Nyad (did not graduate) - world record long-distance swimmer and ranked squash player
- Parson Perryman - professional baseball player
- A.J. Steigman (Business School) - chess player
- Bob Varsha (Law 1977) - automotive racing broadcaster
- Tom Brokaw (2005H) - author of The Greatest Generation (1998), Peabody Award (1989) and Presidential Medal of Freedom (2014)
- Kim Dae-Jung (1983H) - 8th President of the Republic of Korea 
- Vicente Fox Quesada (2009H) - 55th President of Mexico
- Arnold Schwarzenegger (2010H) - Austrian American actor and philanthropist; 38th Governor of California 2003-2011
African American studies
- Carol Anderson - author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
- Nathan McCall - journalist and New York Times bestselling author
- Narasimhan Jegadeesh - Dean's Distinguished University Chair in Finance at the Goizueta Business School
- Benn Konsynski - George S. Craft Distinguished University Professor of Decision & Information Analysis at the Goizueta Business School
- Paul Rubin - Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics and Law
- Jagdish Sheth - Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at the Goizueta Business School
- Michael Bellesiles - controversial author of Arming America
- Dan T. Carter - historian of the modern South
- Elizabeth Fox-Genovese - feminist historian and a primary voice of the conservative women's movement
- Eugene Genovese - historian of the American South and American slavery
- Jeffrey Lesser - historian of Latin America, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and chair of the History Department
- Gyanendra Pandey - a founding member of the Subaltern Studies project
- Mark Ravina - scholar of early modern (Tokugawa) Japanese history
- Kenneth Stein - William E. Schatten Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History and Israeli Studies
- Hank Klibanoff - former Managing Editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, current journalism professor
- Harold J. Berman (law professor 1985-retirement) - founder of the American Law Center in Moscow, co-founder of the World Law Institute
- Kathleen Neal Cleaver - activist and senior lecturer
- Bruce Frohnen - Associate Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law
- Geoffrey Bennington - literary critic and philosopher, expert on deconstruction
- Cathy Caruth - literary critic and founder of trauma studies
- Richard Ellmann - Robert Woodruff Professor and preeminent James Joyce scholar
- Mikhail Epstein - S.C. Dobbs Professor of cultural theory and Russian literature
- Shoshana Felman - literary critic, commentator on psychoanalysis, and founder of trauma theory
- Ha Jin - Chinese-American writer, former Professor of English at Emory; winner of the National Book Award, PEN/Faulkner Award, Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, Pulitzer Prize finalist
- James H. Morey - Professor of English, expert in Middle English
- Salman Rushdie - author and literary scholar
- Avi Sharon - professor of classics, translator, consultant
- Stephen Spender - artist in residence, mid-1980s
- Natasha Trethewey - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, United States Poet Laureate 2012 and Robert W. Woodruff professor of English and Creative Writing
- Thomas R. Flynn - Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy
- Jean-François Lyotard - late Robert Woodruff Professor and prominent French philosopher
- Alan Abramowitz – Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science
- Gregory Berns – neuroeconomist and writer
- Courtney Brown – Associate Professor of political science and remote viewing practitioner
- Jimmy Carter – former President of the United States and University Distinguished Professor since 1982
- Marion V. Creekmore Jr. – former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Republic of Maldives
- Tenzin Gyatso – fourteenth and current Dalai Lama; named presidential professor of Emory University
- Harvey Klehr – Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History
- Tom Price (former professor) – member of United States House of Representatives
- Dan Reiter – professor of political science
- Doug Bremner - Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology, School of Medicine, author
- Sanjay Gupta - Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Emory; CNN medical correspondent
- Thomas R. Insel - neuroscientist; director of the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center at Emory 1994-1999; left to become director of the National Institute of Mental Health
- Melvin Konner - Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Han Qide (韩启德) - Vice Chairman of the National People's Congress of China; previously with Emory School of medicine 1985-1987 and Woodruff Medal Winner in 2006
- Barbara Rothbaum - psychologist and head of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory
- Neil B. Shulman - Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, author, children's book writer, website and movie developer
- Eric Nelson - Director of Choral Studies. Conductor of Emory’s 40-voice Concert Choir and its 180-voice University Chorus; 2004 recipient of "Crystal Apple" award for excellence in teaching at Emory
Science and technology
- Fereydoon Family - Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Physics, Fellow of the American Physical Society
- Dennis C. Liotta - Professor of Chemistry and co-inventor of the AIDS drug emtricitabine
- Keiji Morokuma - William Henry Emerson Professor of Theoretical Chemistry; Director of the Emerson Center
- Ilya Nemenman - Winship Distinguished Research Professor of theoretical physics and biology, Fellow of the American Physical Society
- Robert Agnew - Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology; developer of General Strain Theory
- Sam Cherribi - Moroccan-Dutch politician and senior lecturer in sociology at Emory
- Frans de Waal - Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior, foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences
- Thomas J. J. Altizer (professor from 1956–1968) - liberal theologian who postulated in the early 1960s the "death of God"
- Merle Black - Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Politics and Government
- James W. Fowler - Charles Howard Candler Professor of Theology and Human Development
- Deborah Lipstadt - Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies; author of Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (1994)
- Don Saliers - William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship
- Andrew Sledd - first President of the University of Florida (1905–1909), President of Southern University (1910–1914), first Professor of New Testament Literature at Candler School of Theology (1914–1939)
- Devin J. Stewart - professor of Islamic studies and Middle Eastern studies
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- Ignatius Alphonso Few, 1836 - 1839
- Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, 1840 - 1848
- George Foster Pierce, 1848 -1854
- Alexander Means, 1854 - 1855
- James R. Thomas, 1855 - 1867
- Luther M. Smith (1848C), 1867 - 1871
- Osborn L. Smith (1842C), 1871 - 1875
- Atticus Green Haygood (1859C), 1875 - 1884
- Isaac Stiles Hopkins (1859C), 1884 - 1888
- Warren Akin Candler (1875C), 1888 - 1898
- Charles E. Dowman (1873C), 1898 - 1902
- James Edward Dickey (1891C), 1902 - 1915
- Harvey Warren Cox, 1920 - 1942
- Goodrich C. White (1908C), 1942 - 1957
- S. Walter Martin, 1957 - 1962
- Sanford S. Atwood, 1963 - 1977
- James T. Laney, 1977 - 1993
- Billy E. Frye (1954G, 1956 Ph.D), 1993 - 1994
- William Chace, 1994 - 2003
- James W. Wagner, 2003–2016
- Claire E. Sterk, 2016–present
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