David Nirenberg Elected to American Philosophical Society

David Nirenberg, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS), one of the oldest learned societies in the United States, composed of top scholars in a wide variety of disciplines.

A historian and author, Nirenberg is recognized for wide-ranging scholarship on the interaction of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. His books include Communities of Violence: the Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages and Anti-Judaism: the Western Tradition

His most recent book, co-authored with his father, Ricardo Nirenberg, is titled Uncountable: A Philosophical History of Number and Humanity from Antiquity to the Present (University of Chicago Press, 2021). It seeks to understand the powers and limits of the sciences and the humanities. Nirenberg is currently at work on a history of racial thought in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Eve Marder, University Professor and Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience at Brandeis University, who serves as an Academic Trustee on the Institute’s Board of Trustees, was also elected to the APS. With her scholarship, Marder has made important contributions to the understanding of how neuronal circuits work with electrophysiological, computational, anatomical, and molecular methods.

In the School of Social Science, Visitor Michèle Lamont (1997), who is currently the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and a Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, was also named as a new APS member. Lamont is a cultural and comparative sociologist who studies inclusion and inequality.

The APS was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin. With the goal of “promoting useful knowledge,” the APS honors scholars and scientists, offers intellectual fellowships and elected memberships, and engages their work with semi-annual meetings, publications, lectures, exhibitions, and access to their research library. Since 1900, over 270 APS members have received the Nobel Prize.

Read the full list of 2024 APS Members on the American Philosophical Society website.