David Nirenberg has been named the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor in History, Social Thought, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College.
Nirenberg is one of the world’s leading scholars of the interreligious community and cultural exchange among Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. He specializes in the history of Christianity, Judaism and Islam in medieval Europe and the Mediterranean and how these cultures constitute themselves by interrelating with or thinking about each other.
Nirenberg is author of many books, most recently Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages, which is a 20th anniversary edition with a new preface. Previously, he published Aesthetic Theology and Its Enemies: Judaism in Christian Painting, Poetry, and Politics, Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today and Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition, which received the 2014 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award.
Nirenberg joined the UChicago faculty in 2006. He has served as dean of the Division of the Social Sciences since 2014.