Distinguished Professors

Duke University bears special witness to its intellectual commitment through its program of distinguished professorships. Appointment to a named chair is the highest honor the university can bestow upon a member of its faculty. Distinguished Professorships honor faculty who are well-established members of the Duke academic community, who have also achieved distinction as creative scholars in their field or in their ability to transcend disciplines. Featured below are our newest Distinguished Professors, who were named in 2021 and 2020. Previous years’ honorees will be added soon.

Message from President Price and Provost Kornbluth to 2021 and 2020 new Distinguished Professors

Professor Catherine Bowes Rickman
George and Geneva Boguslavsky Professor of Ophthalmology
J. Alexander McMahon Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management
Dr. Michael Paul Cary, Jr.
Elizabeth C. Clipp Term Chair in Nursing
Mark Chaves
Anne Firor Scott Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Christopher M. Counter
George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology
Professor Stefano Curtarolo
Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. Distinguished Professor
Shelia Dillon
Anne Murnick Cogan Distinguished Professor of Art & Art History
Professor Rasheed A. Gbadegesin
Wilburt C. Davison Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Charles A. Gersbach
John W. Strohbehn Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Thavolia Glymph
Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History
Professor Sheng Yang He
Benjamin E. Powell Distinguished Professor of Biology
Adrian F. Hernandez
Duke Health Cardiology Distinguished Professor
Virginia Byers Kraus
Mary Bernheim Distinguished Professor
Professor Giuseppe Lopomo
Alan D. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Business Administration
Professor William J. Mayew
Martin L. Black Jr. Distinguished Professor of Business Administration
Gilhuly Family Presidential Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Disease
Devon Noonan
Dorothy L. Powell Term Chair in Nursing
Michael K. Reiter
James B. Duke Distinguished Professor
Bruce R. Kuniholm Distinguished Professor of History and Public Policy
Professor Avner Vengosh
Distinguished Professor of Environmental Quality
Gustavo Montana Distinguished Professor of Radiation Oncology
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Physics
Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Robert E. Cushman Distinguished Professor of Moral & Political Theology
Lincoln Financial Group Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology
Rachel Carson Distinguished Professor of Marine Affairs and Policy
Mark Burgess & Lisa Benson-Burgess Distinguished Professor
Kiser-Arena Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Robinson O. Everett Distinguished Professor of Law & Philosophy
James L. Vincent Distinguished Professor of Leadership
A. Kenneth Pye Distinguished Professor of Law
Laszlo Ormandy Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Ann Henshaw Gardiner Distinguished Professor of Nursing
Mary Bernheim Distinguished Professor of Immunology
David C. Steinmetz Distinguished Professor of World Christianity
James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Jean Fox O'Barr Women's Studies Distinguished Professor
Richard Sean Stack Distinguished Professor
Wilburt C. Davison Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Richard and Kit Barkhouser Distinguished Professor
George Washington Ivey Distinguished Professor of New Testament
Aleksandar S. Vesic Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Colin W. Brown Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law
Anne-Marie Bryan Distinguished Professor
Joseph J. Ruvane, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Business Administration in Fuqua School of Business
Rachel Carson Distinguished Professor of Marine Conservation Biology
George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology
Ronie-Richele Garcia-Johnson Distinguished Professor
Ernestine Friedl Distinguished Professor of Political Science