Notable Phi Beta Kappa Members

Phi Beta Kappa members are dynamic civic and business leaders, noted scientists and researchers, artists and athletes, activists and philanthropists, technology innovators, and trailblazers in all walks of life. Regardless of discipline, all Phi Beta Kappa members represent outstanding academic achievement in the liberal arts and sciences, and a commitment to the spirit of learning for all of life. 

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Sonia Sotomayor

ΦBK, Princeton University


U.S. Supreme Court Justice

W.E.B. Du Bois

ΦBK, Fisk University


Civil Rights Activist
& Author

Amanda Gorman

ΦBK, Harvard University


Poet & Activist

Ellen Ochoa

ΦΒΚ, San Diego
State University


Engineer & Astronaut

Stephen Sondheim

ΦΒΚ, Williams College


Composer & Lyricist

John Roberts

ΦBK, Harvard University


U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Ta-Nehisi Coates

ΦBK, Oregon State University


Author, Journalist &
Comic Book Writer

Mina Kimes

ΦBK, Yale University


Sports Journalist &
NFL Analyst

Kerry Washington

ΦBK, George Washington


Actor & Activist

Pete Buttigieg

ΦΒΚ, Harvard University


U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Dwight D. Eisenhower

ΦBK, Columbia University


U.S. President

Rita Dove

ΦBK, Miami University


U.S. Poet Laureate

Mazie Hirono

ΦBK, University of Hawaii


U.S. Senator

Christiane Amanpour

ΦBK, University of
Rhode Island


News Anchor & Journalist

Condoleeza Rice

ΦBK, University of Denver


U.S. Secretary of State

Franklin D. Roosevelt

ΦBK, Harvard University


U.S. President

Tristan Walker

ΦΒΚ, SUNY Stony Brook


Technology Entrepreneur
& Philanthropist

Roger Tsien

ΦBK, Harvard University


Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Wes Moore

ΦBK, Johns Hopkins University


Author & Philantropist

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

ΦBK, University of Missouri


Author & Humorist

Suzan-Lori Parks

ΦBK, Mount Holyoke College


Playwright & Screenwriter

Helen Keller

ΦBK, Harvard University


Author, Political Activist,
& Lecturer

Viet Thanh Nguyen

ΦBK, UC Berkeley



Elijah Cummings

ΦBK, Howard University


U.S. Representative

Vera Rubin

ΦBK, Vassar College



Siddhartha Mukherjee

ΦBK, Stanford University


Doctor & Author

Luis Walter Alvarez

ΦBK, University of Chicago


Physicist, Inventor, and
Nobel Prize Winner

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