Presidential Professorships

Presidential Professorships

In 2011, Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence established a new faculty recruitment initiative—Presidential Professorships, awarded to exceptional scholars of any rank who contribute to faculty eminence and diversity across all disciplines of the University. To date, eleven Presidential Professors have been appointed who enrich the academic community and bring new perspectives to our students and faculty. 

Michael Jones-Correa

Presidential Professor of Political Science

Michael Jones-Correa has worked and published extensively on immigration, race, ethnicity and citizenship in the United States. Professor Jones-Correa has been a fellow at Cornell's Institute for Social Sciences, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University.
 José Arturo Bauermeister

José Arturo Bauermeister

Presidential Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Bauermeister is an expert in the prevention and care of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among sexual minority populations. His research focuses on advancing innovative, multilevel HIV/STI prevention and care strategies, especially for high-risk adolescents and young adult men.
Presidential Professor of Neurology

Ramon Diaz-Arrastia

Presidential Professor of Neurology

Dr. Diaz-Arrastia is a world-leading expert in traumatic brain injury whose path-breaking research focuses on understanding the molecular, cellular and tissue level mechanisms of secondary neuronal injury and neuroregeneration, especially through biomarker development.
Daniel Q. Gillion

Daniel Q. Gillion

Presidential Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Gillion’s research focuses on racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, public policy, and the American presidency. Dr. Gillion’s book, The Political Power of Protest, received the 2014 Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Heather Andrea Williams

Presidential Professor and Professor of Africana Studies

Dr. Williams is one of the world’s leading historians of the experience of slavery in the 19th century. Her award-winning first book, Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom, argued that education was inseparable from the fight against slavery.

Donita Brady, Ph.D.

Presidential Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology, Assistant Investigator, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute Member, Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Group Member, Pharmacology Graduate Group

Dr. Brady’s research interests lie at the intersection of cancer biology, signal transduction, and metal homeostasis.  Her groundbreaking research studies the links between cancer and copper, with enormous potential for the development of future cancer treatments.
Wendell Pritchett, Ph.D.

Wendell E. Pritchett

Presidential Professor of Law and Education

Dr. Pritchett is an award-winning urban historian who earned a PhD in history from Penn and a law degree at Yale. In addition to a distinguished career as a scholar, he has held numerous leadership positions in the academy, nonprofit and government service, including Interim Dean of Penn Law, Chancellor of Rutgers-Camden, and a member of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission.

Daniel J. Mindiola, School of Arts & Sciences

Presidential Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Mindiola is a distinguished scholar and leader in the field of inorganic chemistry.  His research work entails the design and assembly of reactive metal complexes of early metals and their role in unusual transformations such as C-H activation and C-N bond cleavage reactions.
Enrique G. Mendoza

Enrique G. Mendoza, School of Arts & Sciences

Presidential Professor of Economics

Dr. Mendoza is an internationally recognized scholar on macroeconomics and finance across such areas as business cycles in emerging market economies, sovereign debt and default in developing countries, and the implications of America’s trade deficit. He has served for many years as an economist for the International Monetary Fund and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Chyke Doubeni

Chyke Doubeni, Perelman School of Medicine

Presidential Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health

Dr. Doubeni is an expert on colorectal cancer focusing on racial and socioeconomic disparities in mortality and on the effectiveness of screening.  His is a clinical epidemiologist/health services researcher who is particularly interested in disease prevention by identifying and mitigating individual risk of chronic illnesses including cancer.