Amy Gutmann became president of the University of Pennsylvania in July 2004. An eminent political scientist and philosopher, Gutmann continues to teach as the Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn.

Gutmann has authored and edited 15 books and has published more than 100 articles, essays, and book chapters. Gutmann's most recent books include Why Deliberative Democracy? (2004 with Dennis Thompson), Identity in Democracy (2003), Democratic Education (revised edition, 1999), Democracy and Disagreement (1996, with Dennis Thompson and selected by Choice as one of "the outstanding political science books for 1997"), and Color Conscious (1996, with K. Anthony Appiah), which won several honors, including the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights Award for the "outstanding book on the subject of human rights in North America."

Prior to her appointment as Penn's President, Gutmann served as provost at Princeton University, where she was also the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics. She was the founding director of the University Center for Human Values, a multi-disciplinary center that sponsors teaching, scholarship and public discussion of ethics and human values. In 1998, Gutmann received the Bertram Mott Award from the American Association of University Professors "in recognition of outstanding achievement towards advancing the goals of higher education."

Last Updated: June 5, 2017