Skip to main content

David Nirenberg

NORC Board of Trustees
David has served as a NORC Board of Trustee member since 2014.

David is director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He is a historian and author, recognized for wide-ranging scholarship on the interaction of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. His research provides insight into discussions of racism, Anti-Semitism, and Christian-Muslim relations. 

At the University of Chicago, David served as founding director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, dean of the Social Sciences, executive vice provost, and interim dean of the Divinity School. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Medieval Academy of America. 

David’s most recent book, co-authored with his father, Ricardo Nirenberg, is Uncountable: A Philosophical History of Number and Humanity from Antiquity to the Present. It seeks to understand the powers and limits of the sciences and the humanities. He is currently hard at work on a history of racial thought in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.



Princeton University


Princeton University


Yale University

Appointments & Affiliations

Director & Leon Levy Professor

Institute for Advance Study


American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Medieval Academy of America

Honors & Awards

Gordon J. Laing Prize | 2017

University of Chicago Press

Honorary Doctorate | 2016

University of Haifa

Ralph Waldo Emerson Award | 2014

Phi Beta Kappa Society