Senior Fellows

Matthew Rose

Matthew Rose

Director

Director and Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute. A scholar of religion, he was previously Ennis Fellow in Humanities at Villanova University, where he taught courses in philosophy, politics, and literature. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago after attending the University of Notre Dame. His publications include Ethics with Barth (Ashgate, 2010).

Steven Justice

Steven Justice

President

Chancellor’s Professor of English at UC Berkeley, where he teaches topics in medieval literary history and literary criticism. Justice has been a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, Council of the Humanities Fellow at Princeton University, and Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, and the University of California. He is the author of Writing and Rebellion: England in 1381 (University of California Press, 1994), Adam Usk’s Secret, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), and numerous essays.


Lara Buchak

Lara Buchak

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Associate Professor of Philosophy at UC Berkeley. Her areas of research include decision theory, epistemology and philosophy of religion; she has written on topics including the rationality of faith and when one should stop one’s search for additional evidence. Buchak received her PhD from Princeton University in 2009. At UC Berkeley, she teaches undergraduate courses in the philosophy of religion and in game theory, and she has taught graduate seminars on decision theory, the relationship between science and religion, and how social welfare depends on individual preference satisfaction. She is the author of Risk and Rationality (Oxford University Press, 2013), which addresses the question of how we should take risk into account in decision making.

Chiyuma Elliott

Chiyuma Elliott

Assistant Professor of African Diaspora and African-American Studies

Assistant Professor of African Diaspora and African-American Studies at UC Berkeley, Elliott has been a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and Assistant Professor of English and African-American Studies at the University of Mississippi. She has also received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, Cave Canem, the Mellon Foundation, as well as a 2012 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author California Winter League (Unicorn Press, 2015), and her poems have also appeared in the African American Review, Callaloo, The Collagist, the Langston Hughes Review, MARGIE, the Notre Dame Review, and Torch.

Karl van Bibber

Karl van Bibber

Professor of Nuclear Engineering

Professor of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is also Executive Director of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium, comprised of seven universities and four national laboratories. He received his MS and PhD in Physics from MIT; he has been a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Assistant Professor of Physics at Stanford, scientist and senior manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Vice President and Dean of Research at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a recipient of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award.