About the Program

Former Neubauer Family Assistant Professor Agnes Callard, AB’97, today an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, leads class in Harper Memorial Library.

The University of Chicago’s Neubauer Family Assistant Professorships attract exceptional early-career scholars and inspire bold, ambitious research.

The world’s top faculty have sought to join the University of Chicago’s community of scholars since its inception. A natural extension of the University’s long-held dedication to recruiting and retaining top-notch scholars, the Neubauer Family Assistant Professors Program invests in scholars with exceptional promise.

The Neubauer Family Assistant Professors Program has supported tenure-track appointments for up to 20 of the nation’s most outstanding early-career faculty each year. These five-year professorships are made possible by a $25 million commitment from the Neubauer Family Foundation

Neubauer Family Assistant Professors are chosen by a selection committee comprised of senior UChicago faculty and come from a range of disciplines. They develop bold, ambitious work at the University, an intellectual destination where scholars from around the world come to test ideas. Here, they benefit from our unique environment, where an abiding commitment to free expression allows the best ideas to prevail, regardless of their source.

Neubauer Family Assistant Professors form a multidisciplinary cohort that convenes regularly for lectures, research presentations, and other programming. The resources offered through a Neubauer Family Assistant Professorship encourage passion and spur the ambitious research that advances knowledge. The program supports early-career professors, facilitates relationships across the University, and empowers outstanding faculty to ask bold new questions and undertake the kind of work that shapes fields and pioneers original ways of thinking. 

Timothy Berkelbach

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2016–21
Department of Chemistry


Aaron Brown

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2017–22
Department of Mathematics and the College


René D. Flores

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2018–23
Department of Sociology


Edgar Garcia

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2017–22
Department of English Language and Literature and the College


Adom Getachew

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2017–22
Department of Political Science and the College


Niels Gormsen

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2018–23
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business


Destin Jenkins

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2018–23
Department of History


Sarah King

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2018–23
Department of Chemistry


Chong Liu

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2018–23
Institute for Molecular Engineering


Pascal Noel

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2017–22
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business


Maanasa Raghavan

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2018–23
Department of Human Genetics


Danielle Roper

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2018–23
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures


Blase Ur

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2017–22
Department of Computer Science


Robert Vargas

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, 2017–22
Department of Sociology and the College


Current Neubauer Family
Assistant Professors