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The following is a list of people affiliated with the University of Chicago, including alumni, current and former faculty members, students, and others. The University of Chicagomarker was founded in 1890 by American industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller. Since then, a large number of prominent individuals have been affiliated with the school, including 85 Nobel Prize laureates.

Notable people affiliated with the University of Chicagomarker include United States President Barack Obama; United States Secretary of State George Schultz; current United States Supreme Court justices John Paul Stevens and Antonin Scalia; Nobel Prize-winning economists Milton Friedman and Gary S. Becker; foreign policy architect Paul Wolfowitz; Academy Award-winning director Mike Nichols; astronomer Edwin Hubble; writers Kurt Vonnegut, Saul Bellow, and Susan Sontag; philosophers Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, and Leo Strauss; and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists David Broder and Seymour Hersh.

Notable alumni

The following is a list of notable alumni of the University of Chicago.

Nobel Laureates


Heads of State

Name Year Notability Reference
Marek Belka (attended) Prime Minister of Polandmarker (2004-2005).
Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada A.B. 1952 President of Boliviamarker (1993-1997, 2002-2003)
Alvaro Magaña A.M. 1955 President of El Salvadormarker (1982-1984).


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Social Sciences

Science and Technology

Notable faculty

The following is a list of notable faculty who have taught at the University of Chicago.



Law School



  • Hannah Arendt - Former Professor in the Committee on Social Thought.
  • Rudolf Carnap - Professor of Philosophy. Leading member of the Vienna Circle.
  • 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.
  • Charles Hartshorne - Former Professor of Philosophy.
  • John Haugeland - David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy.
  • 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.
  • 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


  • Wendy Doniger -
  • Mircea Eliade - Sewell Avery Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions (1958-1986), seminal figure in the study of myth and religious experience; perhaps best known for his "myth of the Eternal Return" and his book The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion.
  • Bruce Lincoln -
  • Shailer Matthews - Professor of New Testament Studies and Dean of the Divinity School (1894-1941); leading modernist theologian and advocate of historical criticism of the Bible.
  • David Tracy - Professor 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).
  • Jeremiah Wright - Former pastor of Barack Obama


Social Sciences

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Karin Knorr-Cetina - George Wells Beadle Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and Sociology.
  • 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; a leading scholar in studies of Eastern Europe, linguistic anthropology, and gender.
  • Clifford Geertz - Professor of Anthropology (1960-1970).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Robert Lucas Jr. (A.B. 1959, Ph.D. 1964) - John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor in Economics.
  • 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 - One of the most important International Relations theorists; his seminal book Politics Among Nations defined the International Relations field.
  • Robert Pape (Ph.D. 1988) - Professor of Political Science.
  • Robert E. Park - Professor of Sociology (1914-1936).
  • Alfred Radcliffe-Brown - Professor of Anthropology (1931-1937); developed theory of Structural Functionalism.
  • Robert Redfield - Professor of Anthropology (1927-1958).
  • Marshall Sahlins - Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology.
  • Edward Sapir - Creator of Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, Sapir is 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).
  • 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.
  • William I. Thomas (Ph.D. 1896) - Professor of Sociology (1896-1918).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Frederic Thrasher - Notable sociologist and prominent member of the Chicago School of Sociology
  • Iris Marion Young - Former Professor of Political Science


  • Robert Bartlett - Professor of Medieval History (1984-1992), and currently Wardlaw Professor of Mediaeval History, University of St. Andrew's; Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and author of many books, including The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Social Change (Princeton University Press, 1994).
  • Daniel Boorstin - Professor at the University of Chicago for 25 years; Pulitzer Prize winner (1974); Librarian of Congress.
  • James Henry Breasted - Professor of Egyptology and Oriental History.
  • Bruce Cumings - Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College.
  • Fred M. Donner - Professor of Near Eastern History. Guggenheim Fellow (2007).
  • Sheila Fitzpatrick - Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor of History; ground-breaking historian of modern Russian and Soviet history; mentor to several established and up-and-coming "revisionist" historians of the Soviet Union, constituting a "Fitzpatrick School of Soviet History" (
  • Cornell Fleischer - Kanuni Suleyman Professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies. MacArthur "Genius" Fellow (1988).
  • John Hope Franklin - Pioneering scholar of African-American history and civil rights leader; Professor of History from 1964, and John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor, 1969-82. President of the American Historical Association (1979). Winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Ramón A. Gutiérrez - Preston & Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor of United States History; Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture; author of award-winning book When Jesus Came the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1991); MacArthur Fellow (1983).
  • Harry D. Harootunian - Max Palevsky Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Japanese History; groundbreaking scholar of Tokugawa history, Japanese modernism, and historical theory.
  • Akira Iriye - Professor of History until 1989; now Charles Warren Professor Emeritus of American History at Harvard; leading diplomatic and international historian, specializing in U.S.-Japan relations during the twentieth century; Guggenheim Fellow (1974) and President of the American Historical Association (1988).
  • Tetsuo Najita - Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Japanese History; specialist in Tokugawa Japan and Japanese intellectual and political history; past president of the Association for Asian Studies (1993-94).
  • William Hardy McNeill -
  • Hans Rothfels - Professor of History (1946-1951).
  • Bernadotte E. Schmitt - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
  • M. Christine Stansell - Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor in United States History and the College; Writer and reviewer for The New Republic and Slate; author of "City of Women."
  • Noel Swerdlow - Winner of a Macarthur Fellowship.
  • James Westfall Thompson - Professor of History (1895-1933), leading American historian of the European Middle Ages and early modern period; president of the American Historical Association, 1941 (died in office).
  • Karl Weintraub - Professor of History (1954-2004) and leading scholar of European cultural history and the history of autobiography.
  • John Woods - Professor of Iranian and Central Asian History

Arts and Entertainment

Laboratory School Faculty

University Presidents

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 b. 1930 1978-1993
Hugo F. Sonnenschein b. 1941 1993-2000
Don Michael Randel b. 1940 2000-2006
Robert J. Zimmer b. 1947 2006-

Board of Trustees

Fictional Characters

The following is a list of fictional characters associated with the University of Chicago. Only characters who are integral to their respective films or books are listed.

See also


  1. NNDB list of notable people affiliated with the University of Chicago.
  2. Martin, Douglas. "Paul L. Bloom, Who Tackled Overcharging by Oil Companies, Dies at 70", The New York Times, October 13, 2009. Accessed October 27, 2009.
  3. University of Chicago Notable Alumni page
  4. [1] Alan Altshuler @ Harvard Kennedy School of Design
  5. Stanford Biography page for Joseph Frank
  6. MacArthur Fellow List of winners
  7. [2] Paul Sigler Obituary

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