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Faculty Recognition

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The rank of University Professor is the highest academic honor within Columbia University. Distinguished senior faculty are appointed as a University Professor in recognition of their exceptional scholarly merit and extraordinary service to the University.

University ProfessorsArts and Sciences Department(s)
Jagdish N. Bhagwati    Economics
Martin ChalfieBiological Sciences
Ruth DeFriesEcology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Saidiya HartmanEnglish and Comparative Literature
Rosalind E. KraussArt History and Archaeology
Robert A. Mundell (Emeritus)Economics
Jeffrey SachsEconomics, International and Public Affairs, Healthy Policy and Management
Simon M. Schama       History; Art History and Archaeology
Gayatri C. Spivak        English and Comparative Literature
Joseph E. Stiglitz          Business, International and Public Affairs, Economics

The Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching

Mark Van Doren (Ph.D. 1920, Faculty 1920–59, Emeritus 1959–72) was a legendary classroom presence who inspired generations of Columbia students.  He was a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, novelist, playwright, critic, editor, and biographer, as well as a scholar and teacher.  The Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching is awarded annually to a faculty member for his or her humanity, devotion to truth and inspiring leadership.

YearHonoreesArts and Sciences Department(s)
2022David LurieEast Asian Languages 
2021Denise CruzEnglish and Comparative Literature
2019Frank GuridyHistory and African American & African Diaspora Studies
2018Gauri ViswanathanEnglish and Comparative Literature
2017Caterina Luigia PizzigoniHistory
2016Liza KnappSlavic Languages
2015Austin E. QuigleyEnglish and Comparative Literature
2014Robert FriedmanMathematics
2013Nicholas DamesEnglish and Comparative Literature
2012Christia MercerPhilosophy
2011Holger KleinArt History and Archaeology
2010Jenny DavidsonEnglish and Comparative Literature
2009James LeightonChemistry
2008Andrew J. NathanPolitical Science
2007Samuel A. MoynHistory
2006Elizabeth S. BlackmarHistory
2005Andreas A. HuyssenGermanic Languages
2004Gareth David WilliamsClassics
2003Robert G. O'MeallyEnglish and Comparative Literature
2002Caroline W. BynumHistory
2001Kathy Hannah EdenEnglish and Comparative Literature; Classics
2000Michael StanislawskiHistory
1999Henry Charles PinkhamMathematics
1998Sidney MorgenbesserPhilosophy
1997Steven MarcusEnglish and Comparative Literature
1996Fritz R. SternHistory
1995James MirolloEnglish and Comparative Literature
1994Michael RosenthalEnglish and Comparative Literature
1993Donald HoodPsychology
1992Richard F. KuhnsPhilosophy
1991Joseph A. RothschildPolitical Science
1990Walter P. MetzgerHistory
1989Kenneth T. JacksonHistory
1988William Theodore de BaryEast Asian Languages and Cultures
1987Carl F. HovdeEnglish and Comparative Literature
1986Edward W. TaylerEnglish and Comparative Literature
1985Ainslie T. EmbreeHistory
1984J. W. SmitGermanic Languages
1983Carol GluckHistory; East Asian Languages and Cultures
1982Charles HamiltonPolitical Science
1981Henry F. GraffHistory
1980Robert L. BelknapSlavic Languages
1979C. Lowell HarrissEconomics
1978Charles R. DawsonChemistry
1977Robert F. MurphyAnthropology
1976Joseph P. BaukeGerman
1975Wallace A. GrayEnglish
1974Karl-Ludwig SeligSpanish
1973George W. FlynnChemistry
1972Alan F. WestinPublic Law
1971James P. ShentonHistory
1970Charles FrankelPhilosophy and Public Affairs
1969Ronald C. BreslowChemistry; Biological Sciences
1968Howard M. DavisArt History
1967Frederick W. DupeeEnglish
1966Lionel TrillingEnglish
1965Dwight C. MinerHistory
1964Moses HadasGreek
1963George NobbeEnglish
1962Frank Tannenbaum(Director of University Seminars)

The Lionel Trilling Book Award

Lionel Trilling (Columbia College 1925, Ph.D. 1938, Faculty 1927–74) was one of the most public of the twentieth century's public intellectuals. He became nationally known for both his scholarship and his literary criticism, which appealed to a wide audience. At Columbia, Trilling was also recognized as a gifted and dedicated teacher with a special commitment to undergraduate education.

The Lionel Trilling Book Award was created to honor his memory. The award is given annually by the Columbia College Academic Awards Committee to the author of the book, published by a faculty member in the previous calendar year, that is deemed to best exhibit the standards of intellect and scholarship found in Lionel Trilling’s work.

Winners of the Lionel Trilling Book Award include:

YearHonoreesBook TitleArts and Sciences Department(s)
2022Farah Jasmine GriffinRead Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature (2021)English and Comparative Literature
2021Bernard HarcourtCritique & Praxis: A Critical Philosophy of Illusions, Values, and ActionPolitical Science
2020Saidiya HartmanWayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social UpheavalEnglish and Comparative Literature
2019Andrew DelbancoThe War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil WarEnglish and Comparative Literature
2018Gareth Williams

Pietro Bembo on Etna: The Ascent of a Venetian Humanist

2017Elizabeth PovinelliGeontologies: A Requiem to Late LiberalismAnthropology
2016Susan PedersenThe Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of the EmpireHistory
2015Zainab BahraniThe Infinite Image: Art, Time and the Aesthetic Dimension in AntiquityArt History and Archaeology
2014Rashid KhalidiBrokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle EastHistory
2013Boris GasparovBeyond Pure Reason: Ferdinand de Saussure's Philosophy of Language and Its Early Romantic AntecedentsSlavic Languages
2012David B. LurieRealms of Literacy: Early Japan and the History of WritingEast Asian Languages and Cultures                            
2011James ShapiroContested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?English and Comparative Literature
2010Katharina VolkManilius and his Intellectual BackgroundClassics
2009Mark MazowerHitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled EuropeHistory
2008Joseph A. MassadDesiring ArabsMiddle East and Asian Languages and Cultures
2007Sheldon PollockThe Language of the Gods in the World of Men: Sanskrit, Culture and Power in Premodern IndiaMiddle East and Asian Languages and Cultures
2006Andrew DelbancoMelville: His World and WorkEnglish and Comparative Literature
2005Alan D. E. Cameron             Greek Mythography in the Roman WorldClassics
2004Philip KitcherIn Mendel's Mirror: Philosophical Reflections on BiologyPhilosophy
2003William V. HarrisRestraining Rage: The Ideology of Anger Control in Classical AntiquityHistory
2002Nicholas B. DirksCastes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern IndiaAnthropology; History
2001Jonathan K. CrarySuspension of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern CultureArt History and Archaeology
2000Hamid DabashiTruth and Narrative: The Untimely Thoughts of 'Ayn al-Qudat al-HamadhaniMiddle East and Asian Languages and Cultures
2000Brian GreeneThe Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate TheoryMathematics; Physics
1999Robert C. LiebermanShifting the Color Line: Race and the American Welfare StateInternational and Public Affairs; Political Science
1998Robert JervisSystem Effects: Complexity in Political and Social LifePolitical Science
1997Ira I. KatznelsonLiberalism's Crooked Circle: Letters to Adam MichnikPolitical Science; History
1996Ann DouglasTerrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920sEnglish and Comparative Literature
1996Simon M. SchamaLandscape and MemoryHistory; Art History and Archaeology
1995Robert E. PollackSigns of Life: The Language and Meanings of DNABiological Sciences
1994Edward W. SaidCulture and ImperialismEnglish and Comparative Literature
1994Diana TrillingThe Beginning of the Journey: The Marriage of Lionel and Diana Trilling(Special award)
1993Karl KroeberRetelling/Rereading: The Fate of Storytelling in Modern TimesEnglish and Comparative Literature
1992Caroline Walker BynumFragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval ReligionHistory
1991David CannadineThe Decline and Fall of the British AristocracyHistory
1990Andrew DelbancoThe Puritan OrdealEnglish and Comparative Literature
1989Eric FonerReconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877History
1988Robert F. MurphyThe Body Silent: The Different World of the DisabledAnthropology
1987Carol GluckJapan’s Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji PeriodHistory; East Asian Languages and Cultures
1986(No award)  
1985(No award)  
1984W. T. H. Jackson (Posthumous)The Hero and the King: An Epic ThemeHistory
1983William Theodore de BaryNeo-Confucian Orthodoxy and the Learning of the Mind-and-HeartEast Asian Languages and Cultures
1982Arthur C. DantoThe Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of ArtPhilosophy
1981Peter R. PounceyNecessities of War: A Study of Thucydides’ PessimismClassics
1980Istvan DeakThe Lawful Revolution: Louis Kossuth and the Hungarians, 1848-1849History
1979(No award)  
1978Morton SmithJesus the Magician: Charlatan or Son of GodHistory
1977Fritz R. SternGold and Iron: Bismarck, Bleichröder, and the Building of the German EmpireHistory
1976Edward W. SaidBeginnings:  Intention and MethodEnglish and Comparative Literature

Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award

The Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award was created in 2005 when Columbia Trustee Gerry Lenfest '58LAW donated $12 million to the University to establish a new category of awards honoring exceptional teaching in the Arts and Sciences.  The awards are given annually to faculty of unusual merit across a range of professorial activities — including scholarship, University citizenship, and professional involvement — with a primary emphasis on the instruction and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

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Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize, administered by the Nobel Foundation, based in Stockholm, Sweden, recognizes achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, economics, and for peace. The Nobel Prize is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards given for intellectual achievement in the world.

Year   Nobel LaureatesPrizeArts and Sciences Department(s)
2017Joachim Frank Chemistry

Biological Sciences

2008Martin ChalfieChemistryBiological Sciences
2006Edmund S. PhelpsEconomic SciencesEconomics
2006Orhan PamukLiteratureMiddle East and Asian Languages and Cultures; Arts
2001Joseph E. StiglitzEconomic SciencesBusiness, International and Public Affairs, Economics
1999Robert A. Mundell (Emeritus)Economic SciencesEconomics
1998Horst L. StörmerPhysicsPhysics
1996William VickreyEconomic SciencesEconomics
1975James RainwaterPhysicsPhysics
1957Tsung-Dao LeePhysicsPhysics
1955Polykarp KuschPhysicsPhysics
1949Hideki YukawaPhysicsPhysics
1944Isidor Isaac RabiPhysicsPhysics
1934Harold C. UreyChemistryChemistry
1931Nicholas Murray ButlerPeacen/a (University President)

National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare.

NAS Members NAS SectionArts and Sciences Department(s)
Boris L. Altshuler Applied Physical SciencesPhysics
Richard AxelMedical Genetics, Hematology and OncologyBiological Sciences
Peter BearmanSociologySociology
Bruce J. BerneChemistryChemistry
Jagdish N. BhagwatiEconomic SciencesEconomics
Ronald C. BreslowChemistryChemistry; Biological Sciences
Wallace S. BroeckerGeophysicsEarth and Environmental Sciences
Louis E. BrusChemistryChemistry
Mark A. CaneEarth and Climate SciencesEarth and Environmental Sciences
Marian CarlsonGeneticsBiological Sciences
Martin ChalfieGeneticsBiological Sciences
Ruth S. DeFriesHuman Environmental SciencesEcology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Kenneth B. EisenthalChemistryChemistry
George W. FlynnChemistryChemistry
Joachim FrankBiophysics and Computation BiologyBiological Sciences
Norma V. GrahamPsychologyPsychology
Iva S. GreenwaldGeneticsBiological Sciences
Richard S. HamiltonMathematicsMathematics
James E. HansenGeophysicsEarth and Environmental Sciences
Wayne A. HendricksonBiochemistryBiological Sciences
Julian HochbergPsychological and Cognitive SciencesPsychology
Barry H. HonigBiophysics and Computational BiologyBiological Sciences
Eric R. KandelCellular and Molecular NeuroscienceBiological Sciences
Peter B. KelemanGeophysicsEarth and Environmental Sciences
Tsung-Dao LeePhysicsPhysics
James L. ManleyBiochemistryBiological Sciences
Ann E. McDermottBiophysics and Computational BiologyChemistry; Biological Sciences
Walter MischelPsychologyPsychology
John MorganTBAMathematics
Andrei OkounkovMathematicsMathematics
Paul E. OlsenGeologyEarth and Environmental Sciences
Edmund S. PhelpsEconomic SciencesEconomics
Terry A. PlankGeochemistryEarth and Environmental Sciences
Carol L. PrivesMedical Genetics, Hematology, and OncologyBiological Sciences
Walter Clarkson Pitman IIIGeologyEarth and Environmental Sciences
Malvin A. RudermanPhysicsPhysics
Pedro A. SanchezHuman Environmental SciencesEarth and Environmental Sciences
José ScheinkmanEconomic SciencesEconomics
Frank SciulliTBAPhysics
Edward E. SmithPsychologyPsychology
Sean C. SolomonGeophysicsEarth and Environmental Sciences
Joseph E. StiglitzEconomic SciencesBusiness, International and Public Affairs, Economics
Gilbert StorkChemistryChemistry
Horst L. StörmerApplied Physical SciencesPhysics
Lynn R. SykesGeologyEarth and Environmental Sciences
Charles H. TillySocial and Political SciencesSociology
Nicholas J. TurroChemistryChemistry
David WalkerGeologyEarth and Environmental Sciences
Harrison C. WhiteSocial and Political SciencesSociology

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) is an international learned society whose members are of exceptional achievement, drawn from science, scholarship, business, public affairs, and the arts.

 AAAS MembersAAAS ClassArts and Sciences Department(s)
2018Deborah EisenbergLiteratureSchool of the Arts
 Robert Gooding-WilliamsPhilosophy and Religious StudiesPhilosophy
 Julia HirschbergComputer SciencesComputer Science
 Patricia KitcherPhilosophy and Religious StudiesPhilosophy
 George LewisMusicMusic
 David ReichmanChemistryChemistry
 Lorraine SymingtonCellular & Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and ImmunologyMicrobiology and Immunology
2017Darcy KelleyNeurosciences, Cognitive Sciences, and Behavioral BiologyBiological Sciences
 Lynn NottageLiteratureSchool of the Arts
2016Marianne HirschLiterary Criticism (including Philology)IRWGS and English
 Andrei Okounkov Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and StatisticsMathematics
 Susan PedersenHistoryHistory
 Terry PlankEngineering Sciences and TechnologiesEarth and Environmental Sciences
 Colm ToibinLiteratureEnglish 
 Elke WeberSocial and Developmental Psychology and EducationPsychology and Business
pre-2016Teodolinda BaroliniLiterary Criticism (including Philology)Italian
 Peter S. BearmanArchaeology, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography and DemographySociology
 Bruce J. BerneChemistryChemistry
 Jagdish N. BhagwatiEconomicsEconomics
 Ronald C. BreslowChemistryChemistry; Biological Sciences
 Alan BrinkleyHistoryHistory
 Mark A. CaneAstronomy (including Astrophysics) and Earth SciencesEarth and Environmental Sciences
 Martin ChalfieCellular and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Immunology (including Genetics)Biological Sciences
 Antoine Marcel CompagnonLiterary Criticism (including Philology)French and Romance Philology
 Lynn A. CooperSocial and Developmental Psychology and EducationPsychology
 William Theodore de BaryLiterary Criticism (including Philology)East Asian Languages and Cultures
 Ruth S. DeFriesArchaeology, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography and DemographyEcology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
 Victoria de GraziaHistoryHistory
 Andrew DelbancoLiterary Criticism (including Philology)English and Comparative Literature
 Ann DouglasHistoryEnglish and Comparative Literature
 Duong H. PhongMathematicsMathematics
 Michael W. DoylePolitical Science, International Relations and Public PolicyInternational and Public Affairs, Law, Political Science
 Jon ElsterPolitical Science, International Relations and Public PolicyPolitical Science
 Robert S. EriksonPolitical Science, International Relations and Public PolicyPolitical Science
 George W. FlynnChemistryChemistry
 Eric FonerHistoryHistory
 David A. FreedbergHistoryArt History and Archaeology
 Richard A. FriesnerChemistryChemistry
 Carol GluckHistoryHistory; East Asian Languages and Cultures
 Michael GoldbergSystems NeurosciencePsychology
 Dorian GoldfeldMathematicsMathematics
 Norma V. GrahamNeurosciences, Cognitive Sciences and Behavioral BiologyPsychology
 Richard S. HamiltonMathematicsMathematics
 William V. HarrisHistoryHistory
 Hervé JacquetMathematicsMathematics
 Edward Tory HigginsSocial and Developmental Psychology and EducationPsychology
 Donald C. HoodPsychologyPsychology
 John D. HuberPolitical SciencePolitical Science
 Kenneth T. JacksonHistoryHistory
 Robert JervisPolitical Science, International Relations and Public PolicyPolitical Science
 Thomas J. KatzChemistryChemistry
 Ira I. KatznelsonPolitical Science, International Relations and Public PolicyPolitical Science; History
 Alice Kessler-HarrisHistoryHistory
 Rashid KhalidiHistoryHistory
 Philip KitcherPhilosophy and Religious StudiesPhilosophy
 Robert M. KraussSocial and Developmental Psychology and EducationPsychology
 Tsung-Dao LeePhysicsPhysics
 Robert H. LegvoldPolitical Science, International Relations and Public PolicyPolitical Science
 James L. ManleyBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyBiological Sciences
 Walter MischelSocial and Developmental Psychology and EducationPsychology
 Alfred H. MuellerPhysicsPhysics
 Robert A. Mundell (Emeritus)EconomicsEconomics
 Orhan PamukLiterature (Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting)Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures
 Christopher A.B. PeacockePhilosophy and Religious StudiesPhilosophy
 Gustavo F. Pérez-FirmatLiterary Criticism (including Philology)Spanish and Portuguese
 Edmund S. PhelpsEconomicsEconomics
 Sheldon PollackLiterary Criticism (including Philology)Middle East South Asian and African Studies
 Ross PosnockLiterary Criticism (including Philology)English and Comparative Literature
 Kenneth PrewittPolitical Science, International Relations and Public PolicyInternational and Public Affairs
 Carol L. PrivesCellular and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Immunology (including Genetics)Biological Sciences
 Wayne L. ProudfootPhilosophy and Religious StudiesReligion
 Paul G. RichardsAstronomy (including Astrophysics) and Earth SciencesEarth and Environmental Sciences
 David RosandVisual and Performing Arts–Criticism and Practice (including Art, Architecture, Sculpture, Music, Theater, Film, Dance)Art History and Archaeology
 Malvin A. RudermanPhysicsPhysics
 Jeffrey D. SachsEconomics, International and Public Affairs, Healthy Policy and ManagementEconomics, International and Public Affairs, Healthy Policy and Management
 Simon M. SchamaHistoryHistory; Art History and Archaeology
 José ScheinkmanEconomicsEconomics
 Rae SilverNeurosciences, Cognitive Sciences and Behavioral BiologyPsychology
 Elaine SismanPerforming Arts – Criticism and PracticeMusic
 Edward E. SmithSocial and Developmental Psychology and EducationPsychology
 Jack Lewis SnyderPolitical Science, International Relations and Public PolicyPolitical Science
 Robert E. SomervillePhilosophy and Religious StudiesReligion; History
 Alfred C. StepanPolitical Science, International Relations and Public PolicyInternational and Public Affairs
 Horst L. StörmerPhysicsPhysics
 Charles H. TillyAnthropology, Archaeology, Sociology, Demography and GeographySociology
 Nicholas J. TurroChemistryChemistry
 Barbara G. TverskyPsychologyPsychology
 David WalkerAstronomy (including Astrophysics) and Earth SciencesEarth and Environmental Sciences
 Harrison C. WhiteAnthropology, Archaeology, Sociology, Demography and GeographySociology
 William J. WillisPhysicsPhysics
 Michael WoodfordEconomicsEconomics