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There are currently 15 active Professors-at-Large, representing the following disciplines:

Physical Sciences (3): Nima Arkani-Hamed, Margaret Martonosi, David J. Stevenson

Life Sciences (5): Andrew Dobson, David Hillis, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, Margaret McFall Ngai, Laurie Marker,

Social Sciences (4): Albie Sachs,  Duncan Watts, Andrew Revkin, Theda Skocpol

Humanities (1): Bruno Latour

Arts (2): Wynton Marsalis, Xu Bing

Below is a roster of the current Professors-at-Large, their term of appointment, and a brief summary of their accomplishments.

Laurie Marker

Laurie Marker (2013-2019)—is one of the world’s pre-eminent wildlife conservationists, internationally famous for her innovative, holistic thinking in designing multidisciplinary approaches that conserve biodiversity through the promotion of sustainable human development.  Her career began as a wildlife biologist working on the care of captive animals in zoos.  She developed an affinity for cheetahs and began … Read More

Margaret McFall Ngai

Margaret McFall Ngai (2011-2017) is a Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004-present) and affiliate professor at the University of Hawaii (2004-present). She is one of the foremost life scientists encompassing the fields of immunology, symbiosis, and marine biology, and is considered an international leader and undisputed expert in the … Read More

Margaret Martonosi

Margaret Martonosi ’86 (2016-2022)-is Hugh Trumbull Adams ’35 Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science at Princeton University, and also an affiliated faculty in Electrical Engineering, and an affiliate with Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI). From 2005 to 2007, she served as Associate Dean for Academic … Read More

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy (2011-2017) is currently Professor Emerita in anthropology at the University of California at Davis. She is a distinguished anthropologist, primatologist and human behaviorist who has made major contributions to the fields of evolutionary and behavioral biology, primatology, human ecology and development, and the evolution of the family. Her contributions have advanced the … Read More

David Hillis

David Hillis (2013-2019)—is an evolutionary biologist from the University of Texas at Austin. Intellectually, he ranks among the top Life Science researchers and educators of his generation with expertise in the field of phylogenetic systematics, computational biology, evolution, and biodiversity. Prof. Hillis is best known for using molecular genetic techniques to study relationships among populations, … Read More

Nima Arkani-Hamed

Nima Arkani-Hamed (2013-2019) is one of today’s most influential leaders in high-energy theoretical physics phenomenology, revolutionizing the field of particle theory over the last decade.  His research focuses on the relationship between theory and experiment.  He is a Professor of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.  His new groundbreaking … Read More

Xu Bing

XU BING (2015-2021)—is a Chinese-born artist whose artistic and cultural interventions touch on the fields of public and ecological art, printmaking, new media installations, drawing and sculpture.  Professor Xu Bing resides both in the US (since 1990) and Beijing, where he served as Vice President of China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing, China, … Read More

Wynton Marsalis

WYNTON MARSALIS (2015-2021)—is an internationally celebrated American musician, composer, bandleader, and educator, and artistic director and principal co-founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC), which has evolved as the preeminent site for jazz in the United States. Under Marsalis’s leadership, Jazz at Lincoln Center has become one of the world’s most acclaimed jazz performance spaces … Read More

David J. Stevenson

David J. Stevenson (2015-2021)—The Marvin L. Goldberger Professor of Planetary Science at the California Institute of Technology, is a world-class scientist, renowned for his creative ideas and contributions of original research in a broad span of areas centering on planetary science but extending as well to geophysics and astrophysics.  Professor Stevenson has conducted pioneering work … Read More

Andrew Dobson

Andrew Peter (Andy) Dobson (2016-2022) is Professor of Ecology, Wildlife Disease and Conservation, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. His research focuses on the ecology of infectious diseases and the conservation of endangered and threatened species. His main areas of interests are the application of theoretical ecology to problems in … Read More