David Nirenberg is Executive Vice Provost, Dean of the Divinity School, and the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He holds academic appointments across the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions and in the Divinity School.
He has focused his research on the ways in which Jewish, Christian, and Islamic societies have interacted with and thought about each other. He is the author of a number of books, including Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages (1996), Judaism and Christian Art: Aesthetic Anxieties from the Catacombs to Colonialism (2011), Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (2013), Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today (2014), and Aesthetic Theology and Its Enemies: Judaism in Christian Painting, Poetry, and Politics (2015). Nirenberg is currently collaborating on a book exploring the relative claims of different forms of knowledge, in the hope of discovering new ways of understanding both the powers and the limits of the sciences and the humanities. Nirenberg earned his doctorate in history from Princeton University in 1992. He joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2006. He previously served on the faculties of Rice University and Johns Hopkins University and has held visiting professorships at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas in Madrid, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.