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Professors-at-Large

There are currently 18 active Professors-at-Large, representing the following disciplines:

Physical Sciences (5): Jordan Ellenberg, Margaret Martonosi, David J. Stevenson, Stephen Quake, Carl Wieman

Life Sciences (2): Bram Govaerts, Andrew Dobson

Social Sciences (4): Steven Levitsky, Lynn Meskell, John Rickford, Theda Skocpol

Humanities (3):  Martín Caparrós, Tayari Jones, Bruno Latour

Arts (4): Brinda Somaya, Wynton Marsalis, Xu Bing, Keri Putnam

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

Brinda Somaya

BRINDA SOMAYA (2017-2023)—is an internationally recognized Mumbai-based architect, planner, educator, preservationist, and community activist. Her outstanding reputation and influence on architectural education and practice in emerging countries is well established. She is the principal architect and managing director of Somaya and Kalappa Consultants (SNK), which offers innovative design, expertise and practical solutions, while keeping in … Read More

Bram Govaerts

BRAM GOVAERTS (2019-2025) is global Director of the Integrated Development Program and Regional Representative for the Americas in the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Dr. Govaerts specializes in the fields of bioscience engineering and soil sciences. He is a scientist renowned for pioneering, implementing, and inspiring transformational changes for farmers and consumers in … Read More

Jordan Ellenberg

JORDAN ELLENBERG (2019-2025) is both a world-class scholar of mathematics and world-class communicator. His mathematical expertise focuses primarily on arithmetic algebraic geometry and number theory. Prof. Ellenberg has earned numerous awards for his scholarly achievements—these include the Simons Fellowship in Mathematics (2018), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2016), and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2005). He … 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

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

Stephen Quake

STEPHEN QUAKE (2018-2024) is the Lee Otterson Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics at Stanford University and the co-president of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. Dr Quake is a world-leading bioengineer with an extraordinary track record of accomplishments in biomedical engineering and genomic medicine. Dr. Quake’s current research focuses on developing new approaches to biological measurement … 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

Carl Wieman

Carl Wieman (2019-2025) is DRC Chair in Engineering and Professor of Physics and Graduate School of Education, at Stanford University.  He is probably known most for his work in atomic and optical physics, winning the 2001 Nobel Prize for Physics for the first creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate. This realized a prediction of Einstein in … Read More

Margaret Martonosi

Professor Margaret Martonosi ’86 (2016-2022)-is the 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 … 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

Tayari Jones

TAYARI JONES  (2019-2025) is Professor of English and creative writing at Emory University and best-selling author of four novels, Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage, and a long list finalist for the National Book Award and 2018 selection to Oprah’s Book Club. Named one of TIME’s “10 Best Fiction Books of … Read More

Keri Putnam

KERI PUTNAM (2018-2024) is CEO of Sundance Institute, the nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to support, develop and amplify independent artists in film, media, and theater. Putnam oversees the annual Sundance Film Festival as well as the Institute’s extensive array of programs to support and present the work of storytelling artists around the world.  Under … Read More