American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is both an honorary society that recognizes and rewards the accomplishments of its members and a research institute that convenes leaders across disciplines, professions, and perspectives to explore major issues and examine new ideas, address concerns of importance to the nation and the world, and work together for the advancement of a free, independent, and virtuous people, as well as their honor, dignity, and happiness.

Guided by the commitment to its values, the Academy’s work is wide-ranging and multidisciplinary. Current areas of focus include: Arts & Humanities, Democracy & Justice, Education, Energy & Environment, Global Affairs and Science & Technology. The Academy addresses critical challenges facing our global society. Learn more about our areas of focus.

They honor the excellence and leadership of exceptional people from all disciplines and practices.

UCLA Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

A list of members by name, year elected and department.

Name Elected Department
Elihu Abrahams 1999 Physics and Astronomy
John Agnew 2022 Geography
Walter Allen 2022 Education, Sociology and African American Studies
Utpal Banerjee 2008 Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Terence Blanchard 2021 Music; Global Jazz Studies
Gene D. Block 2010 Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Integrative Biology and Physiology
Paul Boyer 1968 Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ann Carlson 2024 Law
Albert Carnesale 1996 Public Policy; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Jason (Jingsheng) Cong 2024 Engineering
Kimberlé Crenshaw 2021 Law
Richard Dickerson 1985 Chemistry and Biochemistry
Frank A. D’Accone 1998 Musicology
David Eisenberg 1991 Biological Chemistry; Chemistry and Biochemistry
Joaquin Fuster 2010 Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science
Patricia Gandara 2022 Education
Wilfrid Gangbo 2022 Mathematics
Miguel A. Garcia-Garibay 2020 Chemistry and Biochemistry
Barbara Geddes 2021 Political Science
William Michael Gelbart 2009 Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mark L. Green 2010 Mathematics
Patricia M. Greenfield 2014 Psychology
Elisabeth Le Guin 2021 Musicology
Herbie Hancock 2013 Music
Kelly Lytle Hernández 2021 History; African American Studies
Haruzo Hida 2022 Mathematics
Thomas Hines 1994 History
Keith J. Holyoak 2019 Psychology
Kendall N. Houk 2002 Chemistry and Biochemistry
Tyrone Howard 2024 Education & Information Studies
Margaret Jacob 2013 History
Steven Jacobsen 2016 Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
David C. Jewitt 2005 Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences; Physics and Astronomy
H. Ronald Kaback 1986 Integrative Biology and Physiology
Edward Keenan 1998 Linguistics
Margaret Kivelson 1998 Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences
Leonid Kruglyak 2022 Human Genetics and Biological Chemistry
James Lake 2012 Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Glen MacDonald 2016 Geography
Heather Maynard 2023 Chemistry and Biochemistry
Sabeeha Merchant 2014 Chemistry and Biochemistry
Jeff F. Miller 2011 Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Jennifer Mnookin 2020 Law
Peter Narins 2022 Integrative Biology and Physiology
Gary Nash 1997 History
Elizabeth Neufeld 1977 Biological Chemistry
Mary Nichols 2020 Law
Pedro Noguera 2020 Education
Calvin Normore 2008 Philosophy
C. Kumar N. Patel 1976 Physics and Astronomy
Roberto Peccei 2016 Physics and Astronomy
Ann Philbin 2020 Hammer Museum
Sorin Popa 2013 Mathematics
Daniel Posner 2021 Political Science
Marilyn Raphael 2021 Geography
Charles Ray 2008 Art
J. William Schopf 1990 Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences
Bradley Shaffer 2022 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Thomas Smith 2024 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Victoria L. Sork 2021 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Charles Stanish 2006 Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
Shelley E. Taylor 2003 Psychology
Blaire Van Valkenburgh 2022 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
George Varghese 2022 Computer Science
Lynn Vavreck 2020 Political Science
Anthony Vidler 1996 Art History; Architecture
M. Norton Wise 2001 History
Edward L. Wright 2007 Physics and Astronomy
Min Zhou 2022 Sociology and Asian American Studies
S. Lawrence Zipursky 1998 Biological Chemistry

This listing includes UCLA faculty active in teaching, research or administration, including emeriti and adjunct faculty. We make every effort to keep these listings current and accurate. Last updated May 2024.