David Nirenberg

University of Chicago
Dean, Social Sciences Division
Governing Committee

David Nirenberg is the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought. He was named dean of the University of Chicago Social Sciences Division effective July 1, 2014.

A prolific scholar, he has focused his research on the ways in which Jewish, Christian, and Islamic societies have interacted with and thought about each other.He is currently collaborating on a book exploring the relative claims of different forms of knowledge, in the hope of discovering new ways of understanding both the powers and the limits of the sciences and the humanities. He has written extensively on other subjects including love, set theory, poetry, painting, and politics.

As founding Roman Family Director of the Neubauer Collegium, David has worked to create a new institution on campus, bringing together humanists, humanistic social scientists, and scholars from divisions and professional schools across the University.