AROUND THE QUADS
Krauss, Waldron Named University Professors
By Alex Sachare ’71
Art history professor Rosalind Krauss and law professor Jeremy
Waldron have been named University Professors, bringing to 11 the
number of faculty members who hold Columbia’s highest rank.
The appointments recognize exceptional scholarly merit and distinguished
service to Columbia. University Professors have the opportunity
to teach in any Columbia department that they choose.
“Rosalind Krauss and Jeremy Waldron exemplify the outstanding
scholarship and instructional leadership that characterizes Columbia
University faculty,” said President Lee C. Bollinger. “Rosalind’s
scholarship has transformed the field of modern art criticism and
further distinguishes Columbia’s art history programs. Jeremy
is one of the world’s leading legal philosophers and is an
exceptionally dedicated teacher. It is appropriate that they are
recognized for their efforts to cultivate a new generation of scholars
and to make Columbia a leading university for the study of art history
Krauss is the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory,
director of the master’s program in modern art and a leading
critical voice among modern art historians. She has taught at Columbia
since 1992 and is the founder of the master’s program in critical
and curatorial studies. She is the only woman among the 11 current
University Professors and only the second woman to hold that rank,
following Carolyn Bynum, who went to Princeton in 2002.
An esteemed art historian, Krauss specializes in 20th-century
art. She has published several books, including Bachelors
(2000); Formless: A User’s Guide (2000), The
Picasso Papers (1999), A Voyage on the North Sea: Art in
the Age of the Post-medium Condition (1999), October: The
Second Decade, 1986–1996 (1998), The Optical Unconscious
(1994) and The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist
Myths (1986). The last is one of the most widely-read books
on modern art and cultural theory. Krauss is co-founder and editor
of the journal October, which examines relationships between the
arts and their critical and social contexts, and also publishes
regularly in Artforum, Art International and Art in America.
Krauss has served as visiting curator at such leading museums
as the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) the Corcoran Museum of Art
(Washington, D.C.) and several New York museums, including the Guggenheim
Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. She has
received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National
Endowment for the Arts and was elected to the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences in 1994. Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty,
Krauss taught at CUNY’s Graduate Center (as distinguished
professor), Princeton, MIT and Wellesley. She has an A.B. from Wellesley
(1962) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard (1964, 1969).
Waldron, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, is the
director of Columbia’s Center for Law and Philosophy. He began
teaching at Columbia in 1997 and works in the area that connects
jurisprudence, theories of politics, and moral and political philosophy.
Waldron is a globally respected and influential political philosopher.
He has written about a wide range of issues in social, legal and
political philosophy. His books include God, Locke and Equality
(2002), Law and Disagreement (1999), The Dignity of
Legislation (1999), Liberal Rights: Collected Papers 1981–91
(1993), Nonsense Upon Stilts: Bentham, Burke and Marx on the
Rights of Man (ed. 1988) and The Right to Private Property
(1988). He is associate editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy
and a member of the editorial boards of Australasian Journal
of Philosophy and Ethics.
A New Zealand native, Waldron regularly returns there to teach
at Victoria University of Wellington. He was elected to the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998. Prior to joining Columbia’s
faculty, Waldron taught at Princeton, UC Berkeley, University of
Edinburgh, Oxford University and University of Otago. He has a B.A.
and LL.B. from the University of Otago (1974, 1978) and an M.A.
and D. Phil. from Oxford (1980, 1986).