Salman Rushdie and Claire Sterk

University Distinguished Professors

University professorships engage renowned public leaders and artists with Emory's research and teaching missions.

  • U.S. President Jimmy Carter: The former U.S. President and Nobel laureate conducts an annual town hall with first-year Emory College students and speaks to select classes and events. The nonprofit Carter Center partners with Emory to advance human rights and health worldwide and houses Carter's presidential archive.
  • Sir Salman Rushdie: The renowned novelist's archive is housed at the university's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. He served as Distinguished Writer in Residence in the English department from 2006-2011 and as University Distinguished Professor in Emory College from 2011-2015. He delivered the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature in 2004.
  • The XIV Dalai Lama: His Holiness participates in periodic campus programs with faculty and students. He helps advance Emory's study-abroad program in Dharamsala, India, as well as Emory College's Emory-Tibet Partnership, which supports sustained intellectual exchanges between Western science and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.