Sept. 20, 2001
Vol. 21 No. 1

    Nineteen on faculty receive distinguished, named chairs

    By Jessamine Chan, John Easton, Jeanne Galatzer-Levy, William Harms, Steve Koppes, and Seth Sanders.
    Medical Center Public Affairs, the GSB, and the News Office staff

    Three University faculty members––Arjun Appadurai, the Samuel N. Harper Professor in Anthropology; Robert Nelson, Professor in Art History; and Sam Peltzman, the Sears, Roebuck Professor in the Graduate School of Business;––have recently received distinguished service professorships.

    Sixteen other University professors have been appointed to endowed chairs, including new faculty member, Roger Myerson (see related story, Page 5).

    Current faculty members who received named chairs are Bill Brown, Professor in English Language & Literature; James Chandler, the George M. Pullman Professor in English Language & Literature; John Cochrane, the Sigmund E. Edelstone Professor in the Graduate School of Business; Steven Davis, Professor of Business Economics in the Graduate School of Business; Michael Dawson, Professor and Chairman of Political Science; Robert Gertner, Professor of Economics; Susan Goldin-Meadow, Professor in Psychology; Richard Hellie, Professor in History; Charles Larmore, Professor in Political Science and Philosophy; Robert McCulloch, Professor of Econometrics and  Statistics in the Graduate School of Business; Ann McGill, Professor of Marketing and Behavioral Sciences in the Graduate School of Business; Fabrizio Michelassi, Professor in Surgery; Thomas Rosenbaum, Professor in Physics; Steven Sibener, Professor in Chemistry; and Luigi Zingales, Professor of Finance in the Graduate School of Business.

    [arjun appadurai]Arjun Appadurai, one of the world’s leading scholars on the anthropology of globalization, has been named the Samuel N. Harper Distinguished Service Professor in Anthropology and South Asian Languages & Civilizations.

    Appadurai, Director of the University’s Globalization Project, is an expert on the cultural dimensions of globalization. He is the author of numerous books on the subject, including Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (1996), and he is the editor of The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective (1986).

    He has directed a number of important research projects, including “Public Spheres and the Globalization of Media,” conducted through the Chicago Humanities Institute from 1993 to 1997, and “Ethnic Violence in the Era of Globalization,” through the Open Society Institute from 1997 to 1998.

    The University Press will publish Appadurai’s forthcoming book Space, Uncertainty and Ethic Violence in the Era of Globalization, and two edited collections of his essays, India After Empire and East of Anthropology, will appear in 2002.

    Appadurai was the first director of the University’s Franke Institute for the Humanities, holding that post from 1992, when he joined the University faculty, until 1996. As its director, he held the Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Professorship.

    Appadurai received a B.A. in history from Brandeis University in 1970 and an M.A. in 1973 and a Ph.D. in 1976, both in Social Thought from the University. He was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania prior to his faculty appointment at Chicago.

    [robert nelson]Robert Nelson, who has been named a Distinguished Service Professor in Art History and the History of Culture, has focused his scholarly research on the relation of Byzantine art to culture and society, the reception of Byzantine illuminated manuscripts in the Italian Renaissance and the constitution of Byzantine art and history from 1750 to the present. His current projects include Remembering Holy Wisdom: Hagia Sophia, Medieval Church and Modern Monument.

    Nelson also is Chairman of the Committee on the History of Culture at the University. His research within this area includes the artistic interaction of several cultures that were active in the central and eastern Mediterranean during the Middle Ages. His most recent work has concerned the semiotics of writing and ornament, politically symbolic visual narratives, and culturally constructed notions of vision.

    Nelson has published The Iconography of Preface and Miniature in the Byzantine Gospel Book and Theodore Hagiopetrites: A Late Byzantine Scribe and Illuminator; edited Visuality Before and Beyond the Renaissance: Seeing as Others Saw; and co-edited volumes on Frank Lloyd Wright, the art of the Mediterranean world and Critical Terms for Art History.

    The author of more than 40 scholarly articles and reviews, Nelson has received fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Research Institute for Art History and the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

    Nelson came to the University as an Instructor in Art History in 1977. He also has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    At Chicago he has served as Chairman of the Department of Art and the Committee on Art and Design.

    He also has been associated with several organizations, including serving as director of the International Center of Medieval Art, vice president of the International Association of Byzantine Studies and president of the Byzantine Studies Conference. He also is a member on the Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World.

    He received his B.A. from Rice University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.

    [sam peltzman]Sam Peltzman, a renowned economist, has been named the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Economics in the Graduate School of Business. A member of the University faculty since 1973, Peltzman previously served as the Sears, Roebuck Professor of Economics.

    His research focuses on issues related to the interface between the public sector and the private economy. His published work includes numerous articles for academic journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Law & Economics and the American Economic Review.

    These articles encompass issues in the general areas of the economics of government regulation and industrial organization, including the regulation of banking, automobile safety and pharmaceutical innovation, the political economy of public education and the public provision of higher education, and the behavior of voters and legislators. He is the author of Political Participation and Government Regulation, The Regulation of Pharmaceutical Innovation and The Regulation of Automobile Safety.

    Peltzman served as Senior Staff Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1970 to 1971. He also has been a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the Research Advisory Board for the Committee for Economic Development. Currently, he is Director of the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State. He edits the Journal of Law and Economics, and serves on the advisory boards of several other academic journals as well as the Council of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute.

    Prior to joining the faculty, he taught at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received a B.B.A., magna cum laude, from the City College of New York in 1960, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University in 1965.

    [bill brown]Bill Brown, who has been named the George M. Pullman Professor in English Language & Literature, has focused on the relationship between literature and everyday life in America, exploring issues of collective memory, race, gender and entertainment in his research.

    Brown has published The Material Unconscious: American Amusement, Stephen Crane, and the Economies of Play. He also has edited Reading the West: An Anthology of Dime Novels, a groundbreaking collection that makes available some of the first “Westerns” written in the 19th century.

    Brown also has produced articles that analyze popular sports and entertainment forms, including “Waging Baseball, Playing War: Games of American Imperialism” and “The Meaning of Baseball in 1992 (With Notes on the Post-American).”

    He also has written on the topics of science fiction, toys and posters as well as Virginia Woolf and Charles Johnson. His articles have appeared in Public Culture, Cultural Critique, Representations, Modern Philology, Modernism and Modernity, American Literary History and Critical Inquiry.

    His current projects include A Sense of Things: Literary Objects in America, Transcultural Transaction: US Cultural Studies and a special issue of Critical Inquiry titled “Things.”

    He has received fellowships from the Chicago Humanities Institute, the Stanford Humanities Institute and the University of Utah. He is co-editor of Critical Inquiry, has served on the editorial board of American Literature and has directed or co-directed 26 dissertations.

    Brown is a member of the Modern Language Association, the American Studies Association, the Stephen Crane Society and the Society for Cinema Studies. He received his B.A. from Duke University and earned an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature, both from Stanford University.

    [james chandler]James Chandler, who was named Director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities in January, also has been named the Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Professor. The Franke professorship is coterminous with that of the directorship of the institute.

    Chandler recently was awarded the 2000 Gordon J. Laing Award from the University Press for his book England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism. The book examines the ties between romantic and contemporary views of history, setting them in the context of the changes taking place in Britain after Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo.

    The focus of Chandler’s scholarly work has been on English Romanticism. He is currently working on The New Cambridge History of English Romantic Literature, and he is co-editing a collection titled Romantic Metropolis: Cultural Productions of the City, 1780-1850. In addition, he is engaged in a broader project titled A Sympathetic Eye: Capra, Commerce, and the History of Sentiment, which “aims to set the work of film director Frank Capra––and of ‘golden age’ Hollywood more generally––in much longer perspectives of cultural and intellectual history.”

    Chandler has published a book on the poetry and politics of Wordsworth and co-edited a volume titled Questions of Evidence: Proof, Practice, and Persuasion Across the Disciplines.

    He is an editor of two series, Cambridge Studies in Romanticism and Literature in History and Literature in History (Princeton University Press).

    Chandler is the author of more than 30 articles and reviews that have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Modern Philology, English Literary History and the Johns Hopkins Guide to Criticism and Theory.

    He is the recipient of awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Danforth Foundation, as well as the ler degré francais from the University of Grenoble.

    Chandler received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. and Ph.D., both with honors, from Chicago.

    [john cochrane]John Cochrane, a recognized finance expert, has been named the Theodore O. Yntema Professor of Finance in the Graduate School of Business. Since 1997, he has served as the Sigmund E. Edelstone Professor of Finance and Economics in the GSB.

    Cochrane’s research focuses on finance, macroeconomics and monetary economics. He is the author of Asset Pricing and numerous articles for academic journals. Those articles include “Long Term Debt and Optimal Policy in the Fiscal Theory of the Price Level,” published in Econometrica, and “Beyond Arbitrage: Good Deal Asset Price Bounds in Incomplete Markets” and “By Force of Habit: A Consumption-Based Explanation of Aggregate Stock Market Behavior,” (with John Campbell), both published in the Journal of Political Economy.

    Currently, he is an editor of the Journal of Political Economy. He previously has been associate editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Money Credit and Banking and the Journal of Business and foreign editor of the Review of Economic Studies.

    He also is a Research Associate and Asset Pricing Program Director at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a consultant to the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and he serves on the American Economic Association Finance Committee. Cochrane is the recipient of multiple National Science Foundation grants.

    Prior to joining the GSB in 1994, Cochrane taught in the Economics Department for 10 years. He recently was a Visiting Professor of Finance at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received an S.B. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1986.

    [steven davis]Steven Davis, a faculty member of the Graduate School of Business since 1985, has been named the William H. Abbott Professor of International Business and Economics in the GSB.

    He has collaborated on two books, Job Creation and Destruction and Entrepreneurial and Business Conditions: Rules of the Game for Employment and Growth.

    Davis’ research interests include job creation and destruc-tion, business cycles, the distribution of consumption and earnings, risk sharing with financial assets, and software pricing and design. Currently, he is working on a third book, Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance: Sweden and the United States in Comparative Perspective. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Monetary Economics, American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy.

    Davis is currently a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth and a Principal at the consulting firm Chicago Partners. He serves on the editorial board for Small Business Economics: An International Journal and serves as an expert reviewer for many research foundations, grant-making organizations and professional journals.

    A recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Davis is a member of the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society and the Society of Labor Economists.

    He has been a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a Visiting Scholar at the Milken Institute for Job and Capital Formation, and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland.

    Davis received a B.A. in economics from Portland State University in 1980, and an M.A. in 1981 and a Ph.D. in 1986 from Brown University, also in economics.

    [michael dawson]Michael Dawson, a leading national expert on race and politics, has been named the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor in Political Science.

    Dawson, who is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, was co-principal investigator of the 1988 National Black Election Study and is principal investigator with Ronald Brown of the 1993-1994 National Black Politics Study.  He also is principal investigator for the Black Civil Society Study.

    His research interests have included the development of quantitative models of African-American political behavior and public opinion, the political effects of urban poverty and African-American political ideology.

    His book Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics was published in 1994. Dawson also is the author of numerous articles on African-American political behavior and race and American politics.

    He has written the forthcoming book Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African American Mass Political Ideologies, which examines several historical trends in African-American political thought, the connections between black political thought and American political thought, and then uses a survey generated by the 1993-1994 National Black Politics Study to determine the presence and influence of these ideological tendencies among grassroots African Americans.

    Dawson received a B.A. in 1982 from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in 1986 from Harvard University.

    [robert gertner]Robert Gertner, a specialist in business strategy, has been named the Wallace W. Booth Professor of Economics and Strategy in the Graduate School of Business. He has been a member of the University faculty since 1986.

    Gertner’s current research focuses on the optimal scope for firms; the effects of specialization, communication and incentives on economic decision-making in organizations; and capital allocation processes in organizations.

    He has served as a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research since 1994 and has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a co-author of Game Theory and the Law, which he co-wrote with Douglas Baird, the Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School, and Randal Picker, the Paul and Theo Leffmann Professor of Commercial Law in the Law School.

    Gertner has contributed to numerous articles that have been published in such journals and scholarly publications as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics and the Journal of Finance. Those articles include “Settlement Escrows,” published in the Journal of Legal Studies; “Filling Gaps in Incomplete Law Contract: An Economic Theory of Default Rules,” published in the Yale Law Journal; and “Internal vs. External Capital Markets,” published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

    In addition to authoring scholarly articles, Gertner also has written for non-academic audiences as part of the Financial Times Mastering Strategy Series. He currently co-edits the Journal of Business and is associate editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics.

    He received an A.B., summa cum laude, in economics from Princeton University in 1981, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986.

    [susan goldin-meadow]Susan Goldin-Meadow, who has done pioneering scholarship in the field of language-learning and cognitive development, has been named the Irving B. Harris Professor in Psychology.

    She has done extensive research with her students on gesture. She has found, for instance, that children who have never heard a language can nevertheless make up their own gesture language, and that people who are blind and have never seen gesture nevertheless gesture in much the same way sighted people do. Her work also has shown that students perceive information in math lessons that teachers convey unconsciously through their gestures and not in their speech.

    Goldin-Meadow, who joined the Chicago faculty in 1976 as an Assistant Professor, has published extensively on topics related to gesture. She prepared manuscripts for two books during the past academic year, after she received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. One manuscript explores language creation (The Resilience of Language: What Gesture Creation in Deaf Children Tells Us About Language-Learning in General) and the other examines the gestures we all produce when we talk (Hearing Gestures: Our Hands Help us Talk and Think).

    A former associate editor for the journal Developmental Psychology, Goldin-Meadow is currently on the editorial board for Cognitive Development and the new journal Gesture. She also is a member of the board of advisers to the Jean Piaget Society and of the language review panel for the National Institutes of Health.

    A fellow of the American Psychological Society, Goldin-Meadow also is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Speech and Hearing Association and the Linguistic Society of America.

    Goldin-Meadow received a B.A. from Smith College in 1971, and an M.A. in 1972 and a Ph.D. in 1975, both in psychology, from the University of Pennsylvania.

    [richard hellie]Richard Hellie, University faculty member since 1966 and a pre-eminent scholar of Medieval and early modern Russian history, has been named the Thomas E. Donnelly Professor in History. He also is Director of the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies and has been chairman of the College Russian Civilization program and course for three decades.

    Hellie has written extensively on law, the military and social and economic history. The University Press honored him with the Gordon J. Laing Prize in 1984 for his book Slavery in Russia, 1450-1725. The book was published in 1998 in Russian with a new foreword for the post-Soviet era.

    He also wrote Enserfment and Military Change in Muscovy, a book published by the University Press in 1972, which was awarded the American Historical Association’s Herbert Baxter Adams Prize.

    In 1999, Hellie published The Economy and Material Culture of Russia, 1600-1725. Currently, he is working on several projects, including a forthcoming book, The Structure of Modern Russian History.

    Hellie was editor of The Plow, the Hammer, and the Knout; Essays in Eighteenth-Century Russian Economic History, an effort that completed a project began by Arcadius Kahan, Professor in Economics, who died in 1982.

    Hellie received an A.B. in 1958, an A.M. in 1960, and a Ph.D. in 1965, all from the University.

    [charles larmore]Charles Larmore, a leading moral and political philosopher, has been named the Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities.

    Larmore has developed new understandings of the core principles of political liberalism, which will better fit the nature of modern pluralistic societies. He also has written about the foundations of ethics and about the continuing importance of the romantic tradition.

    He is the author of three books related to liberalism: Patterns of Moral Complexity (1987), The Romantic Legacy (1996) and The Morals of Modernity (1996).

    Larmore also wrote Modernité et Morale, a book published in France, and has another book in French forthcoming about the self, which is titled Les Pratiques du Moi. He has published scholarly articles in French and German journals and has contributed to such publications as the Journal of Philosophy, The New Republic and Social Philosophy & Policy.

    Larmore has served on the editorial boards of a number of philosophical journals, including the Journal of Philosophy and Ethics, which is published by the University Press.

    Before joining the Chicago faculty in 1997, he was professor of philosophy at Columbia University. He received his A.B. in Greek and philosophy from Harvard University in 1972, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University in 1978.

    [robert mcculloch]Robert McCulloch, a Professor of Econometrics and Statistics, has been named the Sigmund E. Edelstone Professor of Econometrics and Statistics in the Graduate School of Business. He first became an Assistant Professor of Statistics in the GSB in 1985.

    McCulloch’s areas of research interest include Bayesian statistics, graphical methods, model selection, Bayesian data mining and target marketing.

    His research articles have appeared in such journals and scholarly publications as the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Marketing Science, Econometric Theory, Journal of Time Series Analysis, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, Technometrics, the Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, Revue of Financial Studies, Biometrika, and The Statistician.

    He has contributed to such articles as “Bayesian Treed Models,” published in Machine Learning; “Modelling Covariance Matrices in Terms of Standard Deviations and Correlations, with Application to Shrinkage,” published in Statistica Sinica; and “Hierarchical Priors for Bayesian CART Shrinkage,” published in Statistics and Computing. In addition, he has contributed to several books, including Simulation-Based Inference in Econometrics, Practical Markov Chain Monte Carlo, Modelling and Prediction, Bayesian Analysis in Statistics and Econometrics: Essays in Honor of Arnold Zellner, and Case Studies in Bayesian Statistics.

    His working papers focus on topics such as “Nonlinearity in High Frequency Financial Data and Hierarchical Models,” “Managing Multiple Models” and “Extracting Representative Tree Models from a Forest.” He has been an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association since 1997.

    McCulloch received a B.S. with high distinction in mathematics and economics from the University of Toronto in 1981, and an M.S. in 1984 and a Ph.D. in 1985, both in statistics, from the University of Minnesota.

    [ann mcgill]Ann McGill, a marketing specialist, has been named the Sears Roebuck Professor of General Management, Marketing and Behavioral Science in the Graduate School of Business. She also serves as Deputy Dean for the full-time M.B.A. programs.

    McGill’s research focuses on consumer and manager decision-making, with special emphasis on causal explanations, comparative processes and the use of imagery in product choice. She has published numerous articles in academic journals, including “Mutability and Propensity in Causal Selection,” published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and “Counterfactual Reasoning in Causal Judgment: Implications for Marketing,” published in Psychology and Marketing.

    She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Consumer Psychology and has been an editorial board member of the Journal of Marketing. She also contributes to the following publications as an ad hoc reviewer: the Journal of Psychology and Social Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the British Journal of Social Psychology, Social Cognition, and the Journal of Retailing.

    She is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Association for Consumer Research, the Society of Experimental Social Psychologists and the Society for Judgment and Decision Making.

    Prior to joining the GSB faculty in 1997, McGill taught at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where she received the 1996 Outstanding Professor Award for the Executive Masters Program, and at New York University. She has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Marketing at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and INSTEAD, France.

    McGill received a B.B.A. with high distinction in accounting from the University of Michigan in 1979, and an M.B.A. in 1985 and a Ph.D. in 1986 from the University, both in marketing and behavioral science.

    [fabrizio michelassi]Fabrizio Michelassi, an expert on the genetics and surgical treatment of colorectal cancer and on the surgical treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, has been named the Thomas D. Jones Professor in Surgery. He has served as vice chairman of the Surgery Department since 2000, chairman of the Surgery Care Center since 1995, and Section Chief of General Surgery since 1994.

    The author of nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 35 book chapters, seven instructional movies for surgeons, and editor of a book on surgical treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, Michelassi has been a pioneer in the development of new techniques for colorectal surgery. He is president of the Illinois Surgical Society, secretary of the Central Surgical Association, recorder of the Western Surgical Association and a member of the executive committee of the Society of Surgical Oncology.

    A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pisa (Italy) School of Medicine, Michelassi completed his surgical residency at New York University and a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    He taught at New York University from 1977 until 1984, the year he joined the University faculty. He has won numerous awards, including the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and the Silver Medal from the University of Bologna.

    [thomas rosenbaum]Thomas Rosenbaum, who has been named the James Franck Professor in Physics, is an authority on the quantum mechanical nature of materials––the physics of materials at the subatomic level––that are best observed at temperatures near absolute zero (minus 460 degrees Fahrenheit).

    He is especially interested in changes of state: how insulators gain the ability to conduct electricity and become metals and how magnets form. The interplay between large-scale correlations and local disorder provides a common theme for Rosenbaum’s investigation of electronic, magnetic and optical materials.

    Rosenbaum conducted research at Bell Laboratories and at IBM Watson Research Center before he joined the Chicago faculty in 1983. He directed the National Science Foundation Materials Research Laboratory from 1991 to 1994, the Materials Center Research Experience for Undergraduates Program from 1994 to 1997 and the James Franck Institute from 1995 to 2001.

    His honors include an Alfred Sloan Research Fellowship, a Presidential Young Investigator Award and the William McMillan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Condensed-Matter Physics. He is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society. He also has delivered the Bertman Memorial Lecture at Wesleyan University and he was a Centennial Lecturer of the American Physical Society.

    Rosenbaum received his bachelor’s degree in physics with honors from Harvard University and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University.

    [steven sibener]Steven Sibener has been named the Carl William Eisendrath Professor in Chemistry. Sibener has made important contributions to chemical physics, materials research and nanoscience.

    He has conducted pioneering molecular beam studies of combustion processes, mechanistic studies of interfacial catalytic reactions and precision measurements on atomic-level dynamics of interfaces. In particular, his innovative use of sophisticated gas-surface scattering instruments has led to advances in these areas of research.

    Sibener accepted appointment to the Chicago faculty in 1979 while still a graduate student. He then spent a year at Bell Laboratories conducting his postdoctoral research. He returned to Chicago in autumn 1980. Sibener also spent one year at the University of Colorado as a visiting fellow at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics.

    He served as director of the University’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center from 1997 to 2001, and last July he was appointed Director of the James Franck Institute. He also is founding director of the new multi-university Center for Materials Chemistry in the Space Environment.

    Sibener’s honors include the Marlow Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research fellowship, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Young Faculty Award in Chemistry and an IBM Faculty Development Award. He is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society.

    Sibener received bachelor’s degrees, with honors, in chemistry and physics from the University of Rochester. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

    [luigi zingales]Luigi Zingales, a finance specialist, has been named the first Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance in the Graduate School of Business. A member of the University faculty since 1992, Zingales currently serves as a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and as a Research Fellow for the Center for Economic Policy Research.

    Zingales’ research focuses on the theory of the firm, the relation between organization and financing and the causes and effects of financial developments. He has published numerous articles in academic journals such as the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial Studies.

    His most recent publications include “The Influence of the Financial Revolution on the Nature of Firms,” in the American Economic Review; “The Firm as a Dedicated Hierarchy: A Theory of Origins and the Growth of Firms,” forthcoming in the Quarterly Journal of Economics; and “In Search of New Foundations,” in the Journal of Finance.

    He also contributed to several books, including The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law, Mergers and Productivity, Concentrated Corporate Ownership and Corporate Governance.

    In 1992, Zingales was selected by the Review of Economic Studies as one of the top seven Ph.D. recipients in Economics that year. He was also awarded the 2000 Brattle Prize: Distinguished Paper Award for outstanding papers on corporate finance that were published in the Journal of Finance.

    In 1987, he received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Bocconi University, Italy, and in 1992, a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in economics.