Twelve UChicago faculty members — Dennis Carlton, Andrew Chien, Lee Fennell, Thomas Ginsburg, Adrian Johns, Sunil Kumar, John Lafferty, Brian Leiter, Anup Malani, Margaret Mitchell, Cathryn Nagler and Lior Strahilevitz — have received named professorships, while seven faculty members — Pradeep Chintagunta, John Cochrane, Steven Kaplan, Kazuya Kato, Manyuan Long, Robert Richards and Adam Zagajewski — had Distinguished Service Professor added to their titles. All appointments are effective July 1.
Margaret M. Mitchell , dean of the Divinity School, has been named the Shailer Mathews Professor.
Mitchell is a literary historian of early Christianity. She has published on a wide range of topics in the cultural context and historical legacy of early Christian writings.
Mitchell is the author of Paul and the Rhetoric of Reconciliation, The Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Act of Pauline Interpretation, The "Belly-Myther" of Endor: Interpretations of 1 Kingdoms 28 in the Early Church (with Rowan A. Greer) and Paul, the Corinthians and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics. She co-edited the Cambridge History of Christianity, Volume 1.
She received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship to complete a translation of sermons written by John Chrysostom on the writings of the apostle Paul, which have never before been translated into a modern language. Mitchell was elected this year to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In 2009, Mitchell was part of the team that examined the University of Chicago Library’s Archaic Mark, a 44-page codex once believed to date back to the 14th century; using scientific and textual analysis, the team determined the object was a clever forgery .
Mitchell, who received her AM and PhD from the Divinity School, joined the faculty in 1998 and became dean in 2010. Shailer Mathews was dean of the Divinity School from 1908-33 and, like Mitchell, a scholar of New Testament and early Christianity (as well as, later, history and comparative theology). The chair has most recently been held by Franklin I. Gamwell and Hans Dieter Betz.
Manyuan Long , has been named the inaugural Edna K. Papazian Distinguished Service Professor.
Long is an international expert on genetics and evolutionary biology, with a research focus on the origin and evolution of genes with novel functions. By applying biological and computational techniques to the genetics of the popular model organisms and their relatives, e.g. the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, Arabidopsis plants, and mice, Long's laboratory has discovered thousands of novel genes as well as genetic mechanisms important in the evolution of all species.
Research from Long's laboratory has profoundly influenced the field of evolutionary genetics. A 2004 study discovered a high rate of "gene traffic" on the mammalian X chromosome, reversing a conclusion of the Human Genome Project. In a 2008 Science paper, Long’s laboratory discovered that there were unexpected numbers of evolutionarily unfixed new gene duplicates within the fruit fly populations. Another 2010 paper published in Science by his team discovered that genes that arose recently in the Drosophila genus can be just as critical for life as ancient genes, overturning a long-held assumption in the field of evolutionary genetics.
Long joined the UChicago faculty in 1997 as a member of the Department of Ecology and Evolution, the Committees on Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, and The College, and was promoted to full professor in 2005. A native of Luzhou, China, Long graduated from Sichuan Agricultural University with a bachelor's degree in agronomy (1982) and a master's degree in plant genetics (1985).
He then came to the United States to study genetics at the University of California, Davis, where he graduated with a PhD in 1992. From 1993-97, he served as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratories of Nobel Laureate Walter Gilbert and famed population geneticist Richard Lewontin at Harvard University.
In his career, Long has published more than 100 research papers, served on the editorial boards of journals including Genetics, the Journal of Molecular Evolution, and Molecular and Developmental Evolution. Honors and awards include the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering in 1998, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2003, and election to the Council of the International Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution as secretary in 2009. Long is the author of a 2003 textbook, Origin and Evolution of New Gene Functions, and recently completed work on a second book, Darwin’s Heritage Today.
Cathryn R. Nagler , professor of pathology, medicine and the College, has been named the inaugural Bunning Food Allergy Professor.
The professorship was established to build a basic science and translational program in food allergy research at the University. She came to UChicago in 2009 from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she was an associate professor of pediatrics (immunology).
The prevalence of reported food allergy has risen almost 20 percent in the last 10 years. The causes of this increase are unknown but environmental, particularly microbial, influences are implicated. Nagler has been a leader in examining the mechanisms regulating how the body prevents responses to the many foreign antigens present in food and in exploiting this immunoregulatory pathway for the development of new therapeutic strategies.
Using an animal model, she was first to show that feeding potential autoantigens to a subject prior to immunizing them could protect the animal from developing an autoimmune response. That observation in a variety of animal models led to clinical trials of orally administered candidate autoantigens in a number of human diseases. Subsequent studies demonstrating that parasitic worm infections can suppress the response to both food and bacterial antigens in the gut lumen paved the way for a second series of ongoing clinical trials examining the immunotherapeutic potential of worm eggs in both Crohn’s disease and food allergy.
Current work in the Nagler laboratory focuses on the role of the microbiome‑the vast numbers of microbes that colonize the bodies of all healthy individuals. The gastrointestinal tract alone is populated by an estimated 500-1,000 different bacterial species, some of which have pivotal roles in shaping immune responsiveness. The Nagler lab has found that signals from a particular population of gut bacteria play an important role in regulating both allergic responses to food and uncontrolled inflammatory responses to resident bacteria. Ongoing work examines how environmental stimuli—including diet, antibiotics, pathogenic bacteria and intestinal worms—alter the gut microenvironment to influence susceptibility to food allergy. Insight into the molecular basis for these interactions may suggest new avenues for disease prevention and treatment.
Nagler graduated with honors from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1979. She completed her PhD in immunology from the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Science at the New York University School of Medicine in 1986, followed by post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, prior to her appointment as assistant professor at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Nagler has served on numerous expert review panels for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and the National Institutes of Health, including the Food Allergy Expert Panel. She has been actively involved in the American Association of Immunologists as section editor for the Journal of Immunology, program committee member, instructor in mucosal immunology for the AAI’s Introduction to Immunology course, and co-chair of the clinical immunology committee. She was recently elected by the membership to serve on the publication committee (2011-15).
Andrew A. Chien , the former vice president and director of Intel Research, has been named the William Eckhardt Professor in Computer Science and a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory.
His current research interests include cloud and grid computing applications, system software and architecture, and computer architecture for exascale computers, which would far exceed the capabilities of today’s petascale computers.
Chien began his faculty career in 1990 as a member of the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. In 1998 he left Illinois for the University of California-San Diego, where he held the SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) Chair of Computer Science and Engineering.
An active entrepreneurial leader, he also founded Entropia Inc., an early grid computing company, and served as its chief technology officer and chaired its board of directors. Then he created UCSD’s Center for Networked Systems and served as its founding director before moving to Intel in 2005. As director of Intel Research, Chien led Intel’s global internal and external efforts in disruptive and long-range research, launching notable initiatives in parallel programming, cloud computing and exascale computing technologies.
Chien is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on the National Science Foundation’s CISE Directorate Advisory Committee, the Computing Research Association’s Board of Directors and numerous prestigious editorial boards, including the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery.
He holds three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and a master’s and doctorate in computer science.
Kato is the co-author of three books: Classifying Spaces of Degenerating Polarized Geometry (2009), Fermat’s Dream (originally published in Japanese in 1996, translated into English in 2000) and Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry (1993). He also is the author of a poem, “Prime Numbers,” in which he writes, “We can hear if we keep our ears open / We can hear their joyful song.”
This year Kato was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the 2005 Imperial Prize of the Japan Academy for his research on arithmetic geometry. His honors also include serving as the fall 2010 George Kempf Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University.
An undergraduate alumnus of the University of Tokyo, Kato received his doctorate from that institution in 1981. He became a lecturer at the University of Tokyo in 1982, attaining the rank of professor before joining the Tokyo Institute of Technology faculty in 1992.
Kato taught again at the University of Tokyo from 1997 to 2001, then moved to Kyoto University. He joined the UChicago faculty in 2009.
John Lafferty , who specializes in machine learning, which combines the power of statistics and computation, has joined the UChicago faculty as the Louis Block Professor in Computer Science and Statistics.
He comes to UChicago from Carnegie Mellon University, where he co-directed the doctoral program in computational and statistical learning and had been a faculty member since 1994.
Lafferty’s research focuses on nonparametric methods, sparsity, analysis of high-dimensional data, graphical models, information theory, and applications in language processing, computer vision and information retrieval.
Lafferty received his doctoral degree in mathematics from Princeton University, where he had been a member of the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. He served on the mathematics faculty at Harvard University, then became a research staff member of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where he worked on statistical natural language processing.
An associate editor of the Journal of Machine Learning Research, Lafferty also served as a general co-chair of the 2010 Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation conference. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Advanced Research and Development Activity of the U.S. intelligence community, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Google.
Adrian Johns , a leading specialist on the history of science, has been named as the Allan Grant Maclear Professor in History and the College.
The chair of the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, Johns studies British history, the history of intellectual property, and the history of the book and other media .
A recipient of numerous awards, he is the author of three books: Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age (W.W. Norton, 2010); Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (University of Chicago Press, 1998).
He joined the UChicago faculty in 2001 after serving on the faculties of the University of Kent, University of California-San Diego, and the California Institute of Technology.
Johns received a BA in 1987 from Corpus Christi College in Cambridge and a PhD from Cambridge in 1992.
Robert Richards , an acclaimed authority on the history of science, was named the Morris Fishbein Distinguished Service Professor in History.
Richards, who is also director of the Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine, has received many awards for his work, including the 2010 Gordon J. Laing Prize for his book, The Tragic Sense of Life: Ernst Haeckel and the Struggle Over Evolutionary Thought, published in 2008.
Richards is the author of numerous books, including The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe, published in 2002 by the University Press. That book also received a Laing Prize.
His other books include The Meaning of Evolution: the Morphological Construction and Ideological Reconstruction of Darwin’s Theory, published in 1992 by the University Press and translated into Spanish in 1998. He also is the author of Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior, published in 1987.
Richards came to Chicago as a graduate student in 1974, and he joined the faculty after receiving a PhD in the history of science from UChicago in 1978.
Adam Zagajewski, one of Poland’s most distinguished contemporary poets, has been named the Ferdinand Schevill Distinguished Service Professor in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, where he had been a visiting professor.
His many publications include poetry, fiction and nonfiction in both Polish and English. Zagajewski is perhaps best known for his poem, “Try to Praise the Mutilated World,” which was published by the New Yorker magazine shortly after 9/11. His most recent collection of poems, Unseen Hand, just has been published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux. He also has finished a new volume of prose, tentatively titled Slight Exaggeration.
He has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2004, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Tomas Tranströmer Poetry Prize. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000.
Prior to joining the UChicago faculty in 2007, Zagajewski taught creative writing at the University of Houston. At UChicago, he has taught courses on contemporary poetry and the work of Polish poet Czesław Milosz.
Carlton focuses his research on microeconomics, industrial organization and antitrust. He has published more than 100 articles and two books, including one of the leading textbooks in industrial organization, Modern Industrial Organization, (with Jeffrey Perloff). The book has been translated into Chinese, French, Hungarian and Italian.
He is co-editor of the Journal of Law and Economics and is on the editorial boards of Competition Policy International and the Journal of Competition Law and Economics. From 2006 to 2008, he served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Carlton’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Lincoln Foundation. In 2008, he and his co-authors received the Robert F. Lanzilotti Prize for the best paper in Industrial Organization. In 2009 he gave the keynote address to the Japanese Symposium on Competition, sponsored by the Japan Fair Trade Commission. In 2010, he gave the keynote address in New Zealand at the Annual Competition Forum.
He has served as an advisor on antitrust matters to the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and to private clients. He has also served as a commissioner on the Antitrust Modernization Commission, a congressional committee investigating antitrust laws.
Carlton earned a master’s degree in operations research and a PhD in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974 and 1975, respectively, and a bachelors’ degree in 1972 from Harvard College. He joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1976 and joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1984. He teaches courses in microeconomics, antitrust and industrial organization.
Pradeep Chintagunta , the Robert Law Professor of Marketing at Chicago Booth, has been named the Joseph T. and Bernice S. Lewis Distinguished Service Professor of Marketing.
Chintagunta analyzes household purchase behavior, pharmaceutical markets and technology products. He teaches courses in marketing strategy and advanced marketing models, and serves as the director of Booth’s PhD program.
Chintagunta is on the advisory editorial boards of Marketing Science and the Journal of Marketing Research. He is a departmental editor at Management Science, and an Associate Editor at Quantitative Marketing & Economics. His research has appeared in the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Management Science, the International Journal of Research Marketing, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Quantitative Marketing & Economics and the Journal of Econometrics.
His recently published academic articles include “An Empirical Test of Warranty Theories in the U.S. Server and Automobile Markets” (Journal of Marketing, March 2011) and “The Effects of Online User Reviews on Movie Box Office Performance: Accounting for Sequential Rollout and Aggregation Across Local Markets” (with Sriam Venkataraman and Shyam Gopinath, Marketing Science, 2010).
Chintagunta received the Hillel J. Einhorn Award, given to a faculty member in Booth’s Executive MBA Program. He joined the Booth faculty in 1995 and holds a PhD in marketing from Northwestern University and a post-graduate diploma in management in the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. He received a bachelor of technology degree from the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University in India.
John Cochrane , the AQR Capital Management Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth, has been named the AQR Capital Management Distinguished Service Professor of Finance.
Cochrane’s recent finance publications include the book Asset Pricing, and articles on dynamics in stock and bond markets, and the volatility of exchange rates. His monetary economics publications include articles on the effects of monetary policy, and on the fiscal theory of the price level.
A frequent op-ed contributor, he published “Why the 2025 Budget Matters Today,” in The Wall Street Journal April 27, 2011, and “Is QE2 a Savior, Inflator or a Dud?” on Bloomberg News June 3, 2011.
Cochrane was president of the American Finance Association in 2010 and is research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an adjunct scholar at the CATO Institute and a fellow of the Econometric Society.
He has been an editor of the Journal of Political Economy, and associate editor of several journals including the Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Business, and Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.
His recent awards include the TIAA-CREF Institute Paul A. Samuelson Award for his book Asset Pricing, the Chookaszian Endowed Risk Management Prize and Chicago Booth’s Faculty Excellence Award for MBA teaching.
During the 2010-11 academic year, Cochrane taught Applied Macroeconomics: Inflation, in the MBA program, and PhD courses in Inflation and Empirical Asset Pricing.
Cochrane spent nine years on the faculty at UChicago’s Department of Economics before becoming a Booth faculty member in 1994. He received a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985, and an SB in physics from MIT in 1979.
Steven Kaplan , the Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at Chicago Booth, has been named Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance.
Kaplan conducts research on issues in private equity and entrepreneurial finance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance.
He has published more than 30 papers in academic journals and testified to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. House Financial Services Committee about his research. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an associate editor of the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Economics.
Kaplan teaches advanced MBA and executive education courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate financial management, corporate governance and wealth management.
He is faculty director of Booth’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and with his students, he helped start Booth’s business annual plan competition, the New Venture Challenge.
Kaplan serves on the board of directors of Accretive Health, Columbia Acorn Funds and Morningstar. He also is a director of the Illinois Venture Capital Association and The Parking Spot.
He earned his PhD in business economics from Harvard University and an AB in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard College.
Chicago Booth Dean  Sunil Kumar , professor of operations management, has been named the George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management.
Kumar’s research includes performance evaluation and control of manufacturing systems, service operations and communications networks. In particular, he studies systems affected by stochastic variability via mathematical models. He also studies application of optimization methods and control theory to managerial problems.
Kumar has published dozens of scholarly research articles and has served as the editor of the Stochastic Models area of the journal Operations Research. He co-developed a widely used factory simulator for teaching operations management called “Littlefield Technologies,” which has been used at more than 50 business and engineering schools. He also served as an operations consultant to several companies.
Kumar joined the Chicago Booth faculty on Jan. 1, 2011, after spending 14 years on the faculty of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Operations, Information and Technology. At Stanford he also served as senior associate dean for academic affairs, overseeing the school’s MBA program and leading faculty groups in marketing and organizational behavior.
Born in India, Kumar received a master of engineering degree in computer science and automation from Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Mangalore University. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Lee Fennell , Professor of Law, has been named the Max Pam Professor.
Fennell’s teaching and research interests include property, torts, land use, housing, social welfare law, state and local government law, and public finance. She is the author of The Unbounded Home: Property Values Beyond Property Lines (Yale University Press, 2009), as well as many articles and essays.
Lee Fennell received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990. Since 2007, she has been a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as a Bigelow Fellow from 1999 to 2001. In the intervening years, she taught at the University of Texas School of Law (2001-04) and at the University of Illinois College of Law (2004-07). She also has held visiting positions at Yale Law School, NYU School of Law and the University of Virginia School of Law
Before teaching law, she practiced at Pettit & Martin, the State and Local Legal Center, and the Virginia School Boards Association.
Thomas Ginsburg , Professor of Law, has been named the Leo A. Spitz Professor.
Ginsburg focuses on comparative and international law from an interdisciplinary perspective. He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project , an effort funded by the National Science Foundation to gather and analyze the constitutions of all independent nation-states since 1789.
One of his books, Judicial Review in New Democracies (Cambridge University Press, 2003) won the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association for best book on law and courts. His latest co-authored book, The Endurance of National Constitutions (Cambridge University Press, 2009) won the best book award from the Comparative Democratization Section of APSA.
He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, Kyushu University, Seoul National University, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Trento.
He holds BA, JD, and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Before entering law teaching, he served as a legal adviser at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague and consulted with numerous international development agencies and foreign governments on legal and constitutional reform.
Brian Leiter , currently the John P. Wilson Professor, has been named the Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence.
Much of Leiter’s work has focused on the jurisprudence of American Legal Realism, in which Llewellyn, a member of the Law School faculty from 1951 to 1962, was a leading figure. He also has published extensively on issues in moral and political philosophy, in both Anglophone and Continental traditions.
He is the author of two books, Nietzsche on Morality (Routledge, 2002) and Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Essays on American Legal Realism and Naturalism in Legal Philosophy (Oxford, 2007); the latter book is the subject of a special symposium issue (May 2011) of the journalLaw & Philosophy. He is currently finishing a book on religious toleration and the law of religious liberty, which the Princeton University Press will publish next year.
Leiter was a visiting professor at the Law School in the fall of 2006 and joined the faculty in July 2008, simultaneously founding the Law School's Center for Law, Philosophy & Human Values. He had taught previously for more than a dozen years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the youngest chair holder in the history of the law school.
He holds an AB from Princeton University and a JD and PhD from the University of Michigan.
Anup Malani , Professor of Law and Aaron Director Research Scholar, has been named the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor at the Law School. He is also a professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
Malani’s research interests include law and economics (welfare evaluation of legal rules and the value of accuracy in legal proceedings) and health economics (the value of medical innovation, the value of health insurance, control of infectious disease, the information content of clinical trials, medical malpractice and drug products liability, conflicts of interest in medical research, and placebo effects). His research has been published in leading law, economics and medical journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, Harvard Law Review, and the Archives of Internal Medicine. His work has been widely covered in popular media, including the New York Times, ABC News, CNN, NPR and Nature News. He teaches Law and Economics, Health Law, Food and Drug Law, Insurance Law, Bankruptcy, and Contracts.
Malani is a University Fellow at Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.; a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an editor of the Journal of Law and Economics.
Malani graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 2000. He clerked for the Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2000-01 and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2001-02. Malani received a PhD from UChicago’s Department of Economics in 2003.
From 2002 to 2006, Malani was an associate professor at the University of Virginia Law School and the Health Evaluation Sciences Department of the University of Virginia Medical School. Malani was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in the fall of 2006 and during the 2008-2009 academic year. During the 2008-09 academic year, he was also the interim director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.
Lior Strahilevitz , Professor of Law and Deputy Dean, has been named the Sidley Austin Professor.
Strahilevitz’s primary teaching and research interests include property law, privacy, intellectual property, and motorist behavior. His most prominent research papers have examined the contours of property law’s “bundle of rights,” shown how social network theory can help courts differentiate between private and public information, and explored how user-generated content and government subsidies for information dissemination can combat social ills ranging from racial discrimination to aggressive driving. His newest book is Information and Exclusion (Yale University Press, 2011), which explains how individuals, firms and governments use particular strategies to promote homogeneity and heterogeneity.
Strahilevitz received his BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996 and his JD in 1999 from Yale Law School, where he served as executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law in Seattle before joining the law school faculty in 2002. Strahilevitz became deputy dean of the Law School in 2010, and is a recipient of the graduating students’ awards for both teaching excellence (2010) and contributions to the quality of student life (2005).