William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professorship


william-fairfield-warrenThe William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professorship was established in 2008 to recognize Boston University’s most distinguished faculty. Named in honor of BU’s first president, the award is the highest distinction bestowed upon senior faculty members who remain actively involved in research, scholarship, teaching, and the University’s civic life. Nominations for this award are traditionally due each October, with honorees selected and announced by the University President the following year.

William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professors

George J. Annas (2009)

School of Public Health, Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights

Warren-Professor-Annas1George Annas is Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights in the Boston University School of Public Health, and Professor in the Boston University School of Medicine, and School of Law. A member of the BU faculty since 1972, and an internationally renowned expert on patient rights, he is the cofounder of Global Lawyers and Physicians, a transnational professional association of lawyers and physicians working together to promote human rights and health. He is the author or editor of 16 books on health law and bioethics and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Health Rights and Bioethics, and a member of the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies.

Catherine E. Costello (2013)

School of Medicine, Biochemistry, Physiology and Biophysics

warren-professorship-costello-headshotCatherine Costello came to Boston University in 1994. That year she established the Center for Biomedical Mass Spectrometry, which has become an internationally recognized research center. She holds her primary appointment in the MED Biochemistry Department, with secondary appointments in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics and the Department of Chemistry. Her research, which focuses on determining the structures and functions of biologically important polymers, has revolutionized an important area of biochemistry by providing insights into the structures of molecules responsible for human disease. She is the author or co-author of more than 300 scientific papers, serves on a number of editorial boards of major journals, and has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2010 Field and Franklin Award from the American Chemical Society, one of the highest honors in her field.

Howard Eichenbaum (2015)

College of Arts & Sciences, Psychological & Brain Sciences

Howard Eichenbaum is Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences and serves as Director of both the BU Center for Memory & Brain and the BU Cognitive Neurobiology Laboratory. Professor Eichenbaum’s highly interdisciplinary research focuses on how memories are represented and organized in the brain to support our capacity for conscious recollection. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The editor-in-chief of the journal Hippocampus, Professor Eichenbaum serves on the editorial boards of 10 research journals and encyclopedias and has authored or co-authored nine books and hundreds of internationally-cited research papers, reviews, and book chapters on cognitive neuroscience and the hippocampal system.

Wendy Gordon (2011)

School of Law, Legal Instruction

Warren-Professor-GordonWendy Gordon has taught at the School of Law since 1993. Her work emphasizes that our legal environment must cultivate the exchange of ideas, expression and information for everyone – not only established players in various industries. Renowned for her application of philosophy and economics to copyright and related common-law areas and for her work on fair use, she has published on four continents, received numerous honors and grants and speaks to audiences all over the world. She has been a Fulbright scholar and a visiting senior research fellow at Oxford University and is a recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Fellowship in the Humanities. Three U.S. Supreme Court opinions cite her scholarship, and Japan’s University of Hokkaido has taught a seminar devoted to her work.

Keith N. Hylton (2013)

School of Law, Law and Economics

warren-professorship-keith-hylton-headshotKeith Hylton has been a member of the LAW faculty since 1995, and previously was a tenured professor at Northwestern University School of Law. He is a prolific scholar who is widely recognized for his work across a broad spectrum of topics in law and economics, including labor law, tort law, antitrust, intellectual property, civil procedure, and empirical legal analysis. He has published four books and nearly 100 articles in numerous law journals, and serves as a contributing editor of the Antitrust Law Journal, co-editor of Competition Policy International and editor of the Social Science Research Network’s Torts, Products Liability and Insurance Law Abstracts. He has held a number of leadership positions in various legal organizations, and on campus he is highly respected for his dedication to teaching and advising.

Nancy Kopell (2009)

College of Arts & Sciences, Mathematics

Warren-Professor-KopellNancy Kopell is co-founder and co-director of the Center for BioDynamics at the College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology (CompNet). She joined the BU Mathematics faculty in 1986 and has applied her knowledge of nonlinear dynamics to fundamental problems in biology, chemistry, and neuroscience, helping to develop mathematical biology into a fertile and well-recognized field of research. She organized and today directs the Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative (CRC), a group of more than 25 labs working on brain dynamics and their cognitive implications. An honorary member of the London Mathematical Society, she has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been named a Guggenheim fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and in 1990 received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award.”

Laurence Kotlikoff (2009)

College of Arts & Sciences, Economics

Laurence Kotlikoff joined the Department of Economics at BU in 1984. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Econometric Society. A former senior economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisors from 1981 to 1982, he is one of higher education’s top experts in deficits, generational accounting, tax structure, public health finance and personal finance, among a host of issues. He is the author or coauthor of 16 books and hundreds of journal articles and has been a consultant to numerous corporations and government authorities around the world, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Office of Management and Budget, Merrill Lynch, AT&T and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Thomas Kunz (2011); Professor Emeritus 2013

College of Arts & Sciences, Biology

Warren-Professor-KunzThomas Kunz served as the Director of the Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology and began his career on the BU faculty in 1971. He retired in 2013 and became Professor Emeritus. His research focused on the ecology, behavior, evolution, and conservation biology of bats. Considered one of the world’s premier authorities on bat ecology, he is the author or co-author of more than 240 publications, producing numerous seminal texts on the subject. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of the Gerrit S. Miller Jr. Award for outstanding research on bats and the C. Hart Merriam Award for outstanding contributions to the discipline of mammalogy. He is also past President of the American Society of Mammalogists, where he’s been elected to honorary membership, the highest award given by the society.

Robert Pinsky (2015)

College of Arts & Sciences, English and Creative Writing

Robert Pinsky is Professor of English in the College of Arts & Sciences and teaches creative writing in the CAS’s Creative Writing MFA program. He joined the BU faculty in 1988. The nation’s Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000, Professor Pinsky created the widely recognized Favorite Poem Project to document, promote, and celebrate poetry’s place in American culture. His poetry collections have won a host of national and international prizes, including the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, Theodore Roethke Prize, and the Howard Morton Landon Translation Prize for his best-selling translation of The Inferno of Dante. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Professor Pinsky currently serves as poetry editor for Slate magazine.

H. Eugene Stanley (2011)

College of Arts & Sciences, Physics

Warren-Professor-StanleyGene Stanley joined the BU Physics faculty in 1976. An internationally-renowned statistical physicist, his research attempts to understand puzzles of interdisciplinary science, from the study of water’s structure and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, to common statistical patterns governing disparate phenomena, such as the distribution of stock price fluctuations and the speeds of air molecules. His numerous books and articles have received nearly 40,000 citations, and he is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society, which awarded him the Nicholson Medal for Human Outreach in 2003. A recipient of the “Distinguished Teaching Scholar” Director’s Award from the National Science Foundation and the Massachusetts Professor of the Year award from Council for Advancement and Support of Education, he has been thesis advisor to nearly 100 PhD candidates throughout his career.

James Winn (2009)

College of Arts & Sciences, English


James Winn is director of the BU Center for the Humanities and a past chair of the Department of English. His scholarly work focuses on the literature of England in the Restoration and the early 18th century, and on the relations between literature and the other arts, especially music. A prolific author, he is best known for his biography of Dryden, John Dryden and His World, which won the British Humanities Council Prize and the Yale University Press Board of Governors’ Award. His recent works have included a study of the humanities and performance and an exploration of the intertwined histories of poetry and war. With support from the NEH and the Guggenheim Foundation, he has recently completed a cultural biography of Queen Anne. A serious flutist, Professor Winn also has an appointment in the School of Music.