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Emory Distinguished Professorships


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

University Distinguished Professor

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 Stuart A. Rose 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 and the Commencement address in 2015, also receiving an honorary doctorate.

Kevin Young

As former curator of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library's Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, Young maintains his connections to Emory's community of literary scholarship as Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing and English. An award-winning writer of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, Young serves as director of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and as poetry editor for The New Yorker. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Presidential Distinguished Professor

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.