Divisional Accolades

To date:

Twenty-six Divisional faculty members have received the Nobel Prize, the most of any Division or school at the University of Chicago.

Fifty-three current Division faculty have been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, most recently including Margaret Beale Spencer in 2019.

Demonstrating the broad intellectual reach of the faculty of the Division, three (3) have received the National Medal of Science, six have received the National Humanities Medal, and one has received the National Medal of the Arts.

Six Divisional faculty members have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Division has celebrated the election of seven faculty members to the National Academy of Sciences and one to the National Academy of Medicine.

Social Sciences faculty have earned nine MacArthur Fellowships, most recently Tara Zahra in 2014.


Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of History, was awarded the prestigious Dan David Prize for his studies of macro history, focusing on East Asia. Past Division winners have included Nobel laureate James Heckman (2016) and Visiting Professor Lorraine Daston (2018).

Robert Pippin, the Evelyn Steffansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor and Chair, John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, was one of five University of Chicago scholars named a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow.

Roger Myerson, jointly appointed in Harris and the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, and Jonathan Lear, jointly appointed in Humanities and the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, were elected to the American Philosophical Society, which is the oldest learned society in the United States.

Michael Greenstone, the Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, the College and the Harris School, and Benjamin Lessing, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, were named Andrew Carnegie Fellows.

Ufuk Akcigit, Professor in Economics, is the first person in the social sciences to receive the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award, inaugurated last year.