Beginning July 1, 2022, David Nirenberg, the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought, will serve as dean of the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has served as interim dean of the Divinity School since 2018. Before leading the Divinity School, Nirenberg served as executive vice provost, dean of the Division of the Social Sciences, and was the founding Roman Family Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.
Nirenberg is a scholar of religion in medieval Europe and the Mediterranean, and much of his work has focused on the ways in which Jewish, Christian, and Islamic cultures constitute themselves by interrelating with or thinking about each other. He his the author of many books and articles, including Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages, Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition, Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism Medieval and Modern, and, most recently, Aesthetic Theology and Its Enemies: Judaism in Christian Painting, Poetry, and Politics.
The Department of History extends our congratulations to David Nirenberg on his appointment. For more information on the appointment, see the announcement in UChicago News.