For immediate release February 18, 2021

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Announced

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce the appointment of 13 Visiting Scholars for 2021-2022.

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has offered 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 visit, either in person or virtually, 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 2021-2022 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


2021-2022 Visiting Scholars:

Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus, University of Richmond 
R. Howard Bloch, Sterling Professor of French and Professor of Humanities, Yale University 
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Professor Emerita of English and Bioethics, Emory University 
Anna Krylov, Professor of Chemistry, University of Southern California 
Donald S. Lopez Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, University of Michigan 
Erik Mueggler, Katherine Verdery Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan
Forest Rohwer, Professor of Biology, San Diego State University 
Laurence C. Smith, John Atwater and Diana Nelson University Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Brown University 
Victoria L. Sork, Distinguished Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Distinguished Professor, Institute of Environment and Sustainability, UCLA 
Collin M. Stultz, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Professor in the Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, MIT, and Cardiologist, Division of Cardiology, Massachusetts General Hospital  
Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University 
Adam Winkler, Connell Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law 
Adriana Zavala, jointly appointed Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, Tufts 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 290 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, 42 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 150 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