For immediate release February 21, 2019

2019-2020 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Announced


The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce the appointment of 15 Visiting Scholars for 2019-2020.

Since 1956, the Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students.
Each year, members of the Committee on the Visiting Scholar Program select top scholars in the liberal arts and sciences to travel to universities and colleges where Phi Beta Kappa chapters are located. Visiting Scholars spend two days on each campus meeting informally with undergraduates, participating in classroom lectures and seminars, and giving one major lecture open to the academic community and general public.
The 2019-2020 Visiting Scholars will make over 100 visits during the academic year, with the majority of them participating in our podcast Key Conversations with Phi Beta Kappa


2019-2020 Visiting Scholars:

Richard Alley, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University 
Cynthia J. Burrows, Thatcher Presidential Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of Utah
Linda Gregerson, Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Michigan
Valerie M. Hudson, Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair, Texas A&M University
Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
Jock Reynolds, Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery (ret.)
Paul Robbins, Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Stacey Sinclair, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University 
Hazel Sive, Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Columba Stewart, Professor of Theology, Saint John’s University, 2019-2020 ɸßК-Frank M. Updike Memorial Scholar
Z. S. Strother, Riggio Professor of African Art, Columbia University 
Francis Su, Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College
James X. Sullivan, Professor of Economics and Gilbert F. Schaefer College Chair, University of Notre Dame
R. Jay Wallace, Professor of Philosophy and Judy Chandler Webb Distinguished Chair, University of California, Berkeley
Julian E. Zelizer, Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton University

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About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 40 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 140 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. For more information, visit