Daniel Diermeier served as the thirteenth Provost of the University of Chicago and the David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor at the Harris School and the College. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester and master’s degrees from the University of Munich, University of Southern California, and University of Rochester. Diermeier is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (CIFAR).
Prior to his appointment as Provost, Diermeier was Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy and the Emmett Dedmon Professor at the Harris School and the College. His teaching and research focus on formal political theory, political institutions, behavioral models of politics, the interaction of business and politics, as well as crisis and reputation management. He has published four books and over 100 research articles in academic journals, mostly in the fields of political science, economics, and management, but also in other areas ranging from linguistics, sociology and psychology to computer science, operations research and applied mathematics.
Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Professor Diermeier taught at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, most recently as IBM Professor of Regulation and Practice in the Department of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences (MEDS), and Director of the Ford Motor Company Center of Global Citizenship. He also held appointments in Economics, Political Science, Linguistics, and the School of Law at Northwestern University.
In 2019 Diermeier was recruited to serve as Chancellor of Vanderbilt University, a role which he assumed in July 2020.