A&S honors 23 faculty with endowed professorships

Twenty-three faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences were recently honored with endowed professorships approved by the Cornell Board of Trustees, continuing the college’s priority to recognize and support faculty excellence.

With these new appointments, the number of A&S faculty appointed to endowed professorships since fall 2018 has reached 66.

“These endowed professorships within Arts & Sciences recognize outstanding faculty, who enhance the academic experience for our students and ‘do the greatest good’ for our society,” said Cornell Provost Michael Kotlikoff. “It is my pleasure to applaud the accomplishments of these eminent and emerging scholars.”

The professorships are possible because of generous gifts from alumni, parents and friends. Those gifts allow the College to replace retiring faculty, recruit stellar new faculty and recognize and retain mid-career and senior faculty to provide leadership across the disciplines and in areas of strategic importance.

The 23 faculty members honored are:


 Dr. Gerard Aching


Gerard Aching, W.E.B. Dubois Professor in the Humanities


Rachel Bean




Rachel Bean, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor


Mabel Berezin



Mabel Berezin, Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences in Sociology


Csaba Csaki




Csaba Csaki, John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science


Scott Emr



Scott Emr, Samuel C. and Nancy M. Fleming Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology


Jill Frank



Jill Frank, President White Professor of History and Political Science


 Stephen Hilgartner



Stephen Hilgartner, Frederic J. Whiton Professor of Science & Technology Studies




Natasha Holmes


Natasha Holmes, Anne S. Bowers Associate Professor


 Ray Jayawardhana




Ray Jayawardhana, Hans A. Bethe Professor


Mayer Juni



Mayer Juni, Bruce Slovin Assistant Professor in American Jewish Studies


 Sabrina Karim



Sabrina Karim, Hardis Family Assistant Professor for Teaching Excellence


Ailong Ke




Ailong Ke, Robert J. Appel Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology


Dong Lai



Dong Lai, Benson Jay Simon ’59 MBA ’62 and Mary Ellen Simon MA ’63 Professor


Tristant Lambert


Tristan Lambert, William T. Miller Professor in Chemistry and Chemical Biology


Marilyn Migiel



Marilyn Migiel, Kappa Alpha Professor in Literature


Song Lin
Song Lin, associate professor of chemistry
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Song Lin, Tisch University Professor


Kin Fai Mak




Kin Fai Mak, inaugural Josephson Family Professor


Shaun Nichols
Shaun Nichols



Shaun Nichols, Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences in Philosophy


Shirley Samuels



Shirley Samuels, Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor in American Studies


Philippe Sosoe



Philippe Sosoe, Frank Spitzer and Narahari Umanath Prabhu Associate Professor of Mathematics


 Steven Strogatz


Steve Strogatz, inaugural Susan and Barton Winokur Distinguished Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Mathematics


Peidong Sun




Peidong Sun, Distinguished Associate Professor of Arts & Sciences in China and Asia-Pacific Studies

Yunan Yang




Yunan Yang, Goenka Family Assistant Professor in Mathematics

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