Martha Nussbaum


Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago


University of Chicago


Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, which is a Chair that includes appointments to the Philosophy Department, the Law School, and the Divinity School. Additionally, she holds Associate appointments in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, is a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and Co-Chairs the Human Rights Program.

She is also the founder and Coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism and Co-director of the Center for Laws, Philosophy, and Human Values. In addition to her current position at the University of Chicago, Nussbaum has held teaching positions at Harvard, Brown, and Oxford Universities. Her work has encompassed a broad range of issues, with a particular focus on ancient philosophy, justice studies, gender theory, political philosophy, and ethics.

Over the course of her career, Nussbaum has received numerous awards, including: the Brandeis Creative Arts Award in Non-Fiction, the PEN Spielvogel-Diamondstein Award for the best collection of essays, the Ness Book Award of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Grawemeyer Award in Education, the book award of the North American Society for Social Philosophy, the Association of American University Publishers' Professional and Scholarly Book Award for Law, and the American Political Science Association's Elaine and David Spitz Award for the best book in liberal/democratic theory.