President Hugo F. Sonnenschein is the University's 11th chief executive.
Before assuming Chicago's presidency, Sonnenschein was provost from 1991 to 1993 at Princeton, where he also served as professor of economics from 1976 to 1988. He was dean of the school of arts and sciences at the University of Pennsylvania from 1988 to 1991.
A microeconomic theorist, Sonnenschein has focused his scholarly work on theories of consumer and firm behavior, general economic equilibrium, game theory and social choice. He has served on the editorial boards of a variety of economic journals, and he was editor of Econometrica from 1977 to 1984 and president of the Econometric Society in 1988-89.
Sonnenschein has served as professor and visiting professor of economics at numerous universities in the United States and abroad, including the University of Minnesota, Northwestern, Stanford, the University of the Andes (Bogota), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Paris and Tel-Aviv University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A native of New York City, Sonnenschein was born on Nov. 14, 1940. He received an A.B. in mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1961 and a Ph.D. in economics from Purdue in 1964.
He is married to Elizabeth Gunn Sonnenschein, an epidemiologist. They have three daughters.