IFK Core Faculty members hail from across the University, bringing a wide range of viewpoints and scholarly pursuits to the teaching, research, and conversation of the institute. Core Faculty members are central to supporting IFK’s goals of investigating all aspects of the processes by which cultures lay claim to knowledge, and bringing these conversations about the past, present, and future of human knowledge into the public dialog. As such, Core Faculty members serve as important leaders in the development of this new initiative, and ambassadors for the Institute, across the University, and to the larger community. Core Faculty members are chosen on the basis of their intellectual interest in the formation of knowledge, and membership provides opportunities to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute as we work together to push the boundaries of the future of knowledge itself.

Erin Adams

Joseph Regenstein Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Committees on Immunology, Cancer Biology; Principal Investigator, MyChoice Program

Clifford Ando

David B. and Clara E. Stern Distinguished Service Professor; Professor of Classics, History and Law

Niall Atkinson

Associate Professor of Art History, Romance Languages and Literature, and the College Medieval and Renaissance Architecture and Urban History

Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer

Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies; Director, Institute on the Formation of Knowledge

Claudia Brittenham

Associate Professor of Art History and the College Ancient American Art

Brian Callender MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Karin Knorr Cetina

Otto Borchert Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and Sociology; Chair, the Department of Sociology

Simeon Chavel

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Divinity School, Faculty in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Adam Cifu MD

Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Medical School Academics, Pritzker School of Medicine

Shannon Lee Dawdy

Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Pedro Lopez

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

Ahmed El-Shamsy

Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Literatures

Jaś Elsner

Visiting Professor of Art and Religion; Associate Faculty, Department of Art History

James Evans

Max Palevsky Professor of Sociology; Director, Knowledge Lab; Faculty Director of Masters Program in Computational Social Science

Michael Franklin

Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor Senior Advisor to the Provost for Computing and Data Science Faculty Co-Director, Data Science Institute

Sarah E. Fredericks

Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics; also in the College; Affiliated faculty member of the The Program on the Global Environment and The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Anastasia Giannakidou

Frank J. McLoraine Professor of Linguistics; Director, Center for Hellenic Studies; Co-Director, Center for Gesture, Sign, and Language

Tom Ginsburg

Leo Spitz Professor of International Law; Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar and Professor of Political Science

Austan Goolsbee

Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth School of Business

Michael Greenstone

The Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School; Director of the Becker Friedman Institute; Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC)

Lars Peter Hansen

David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and Statistics

Daniel Holz

Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics; Enrico Fermi Institute

William Howell

Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics, Harris School of Public Policy

Joel Timothy Isaac

Associate Professor of Social Thought and History at the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought

Adrian Johns

Allan Grant Maclear Professor of History, the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the College Department Chair

Demetra Kasimis

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science

Genevieve Lakier

Professor of Law; Law School

Thomas Lamarre

Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College

Marc Maillot

Marc Maillot Associate Director & Chief Curator, Museum

Rochona Majumdar

Associate Professor, Departments of Cinema and Media Studies, and South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Dario Maestripieri

Professor of Comparative Human Development, Evolutionary Biology, and Neurobiology

Benjamin Morgan

Associate Professor, Department of English

Sarah Newman

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences

Eric Oliver

Professor of Political Science; Director of Undergraduate Studies

James Osborne

Assistant Professor of Anatolian Archaeology, the Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Ada Palmer

Associate Professor of Early Modern European History and the College

Thomas Pashby

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Steven Pincus

Thomas E. Donnelly Professor of British History and the College

Eugene Raikhel

Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development and the College

Rama Ranganathan

Joseph Regenstein Professor and Director, The Center for the Physics of Evolving Systems, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Institute for Molecular Engineering

Patrice Rankine

Professor in the Department of Classics and the College

Robert J. Richards

Morris Fishbein Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Science and Medicine

Michael Rossi

Associate Professor of the History of Medicine, the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the College

Benoît Roux

Amgen Professor, Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry, and the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics

Haun Saussy

University Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Committee on Social Thought, and the College

Bozena Shallcross

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Jessica Swanston Baker

Assistant Professor of Music

Gary Tubb

Anupama and Guru Ramakrishnan Professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations; Department Chair

Rebecca Willet

Professor of Statistics and Computer Science, Director of AI at the Data Science Institute

SJ Zhang

Assistant Professor in the Department of English