Distinguished and Notable Faculty

Meet our most accomplished and esteemed professors, who have achieved the highest ranks at the Graduate Center. They stand apart for their scholarly contributions to their disciplines. 

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Our Faculty

The following faculty hold titles of Distinguished Professor, Einstein Professor, and Presidential Professor. To view more faculty, visit our directory.

André Aciman (photo credit: Sigrid Estrada)

André Aciman

Distinguished Professor

  • French

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir
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Andrea Alù

Director, Photonics Initiative

  • Advanced Science Research Center

Einstein Professor

  • Physics
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Sergei Artemov

Distinguished Professor

  • Philosophy

Distinguished Professor

  • Computer Science

Distinguished Professor

  • Mathematics
Paul Attewell faculty

Paul Attewell

Distinguished Professor

  • Urban Education

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor

  • Social Welfare

Distinguished Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
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Juan Battle

Executive Officer and Presidential Professor

  • Nursing

Presidential Professor

  • Sociology

Presidential Professor

  • Urban Education

Presidential Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Presidential Professor

  • Social Welfare

Presidential Professor

  • Africana Studies
Herman Bennett faculty

Herman Bennett

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Global Early Modern Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Africana Studies

Director

  • Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC)
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Noël Carroll

Distinguished Professor

  • Philosophy

Distinguished Professor

  • Film Studies
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Patrizia Casaccia

Einstein Professor

  • Biology

Einstein Professor

  • Biochemistry

Einstein Professor

  • Neuroscience

Director, Neuroscience Initiative

  • Advanced Science Research Center
VINCENT CRAPANZANO faculty

Vincent Crapanzano

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • Anthropology
Cathy Davidson Faculty

Cathy N. Davidson

Founding Director

  • Futures Initiative

Distinguished Professor

  • English

Distinguished Professor

  • Digital Humanities

Distinguished Professor

  • Data Analysis and Visualization

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies

Director of HASTAC@CUNY

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Michelle Fine

Distinguished Professor

  • Urban Education

Distinguished Professor

  • Psychology

Distinguished Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies
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David Harvey

Distinguished Professor

  • Anthropology

Distinguished Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
Dagmar Herzog

Dagmar Herzog

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • Social Welfare

Distinguished Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies
Philip Kasinitz

Philip Kasinitz

Director

  • Advanced Research Collaborative

Presidential Professor

  • Sociology

Presidential Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Presidential Professor

  • Africana Studies
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Thomas Kessner

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies
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Wayne Koestenbaum

Distinguished Professor

  • English

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • French

Distinguished Professor

  • Film Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies
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Saul Kripke

Former Distinguished Professor

  • Philosophy
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Paul Krugman

Distinguished Professor

  • Economics

Distinguished Scholar

  • Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality
Eric Lott

Eric Lott

Distinguished Professor

  • English

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Africana Studies
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Setha Low

Distinguished Professor

  • Psychology

Distinguished Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

Distinguished Professor

  • Anthropology

Distinguished Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies
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Lev Manovich

Presidential Professor

  • Data Science

Presidential Professor

  • Computer Science

Presidential Professor

  • Digital Humanities

Presidential Professor

  • Data Analysis and Visualization
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Leslie McCall

Associate Director

  • Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality

Presidential Professor

  • Sociology

Presidential Professor

  • Political Science

Presidential Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
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Ruth Milkman

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology
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Nancy K. Miller

Distinguished Professor

  • French

Distinguished Professor

  • English

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Distinguished Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies
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John Mollenkopf

Director

  • Center for Urban Research

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor

  • Political Science

Distinguished Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
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Stephen Neale

Distinguished Professor

  • Philosophy

Distinguished Professor

  • Linguistics
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James Oakes

Humanities Chair

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Africana Studies
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Loraine K. Obler

Distinguished Professor

  • Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Distinguished Professor

  • Linguistics

Distinguished Professor

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

Acting Ombuds Officer

  • Ombuds Office
Joan Richardson

Joan Richardson

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • English

Distinguished Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies
David Rindskopf faculty

David Rindskopf

Distinguished Professor

  • Educational Psychology

Distinguished Professor

  • Psychology

Distinguished Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
Tony Ro

Tony Ro

Presidential Professor

  • Psychology

Presidential Professor

  • Biology

Director and Presidential Professor

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

Presidential Professor

  • Neuroscience
Helena Rosenblatt

Helena Rosenblatt

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • French

Distinguished Professor

  • Political Science

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir
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David Savran

Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre

  • Theatre and Performance

Distinguished Professor

  • English

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies
Paul Julian Smith

Paul Julian Smith

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • Film Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures
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Domna C. Stanton

Distinguished Professor

  • French

Distinguished Professor

  • Biography and Memoir

Distinguished Professor

  • Women's and Gender Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • Global Early Modern Studies
John Torpey

John Torpey

Director

  • Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies

Director

  • European Union Studies Center

Presidential Professor

  • Sociology

Presidential Professor

  • History
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David Waldstreicher

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • American Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Africana Studies
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Thomas G. Weiss

Presidential Professor

  • Political Science

Professor

  • Liberal Studies
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Douglas H. Whalen

Distinguished Professor

  • Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Distinguished Professor

  • Linguistics

Distinguished Professor

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
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Richard Wolin

Distinguished Professor

  • Comparative Literature

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • Political Science