Provost Pritchett, Presidential Professor in the Law School and the Graduate School of Education, began his tenure on July 1, 2017. An award-winning scholar, author, lawyer, professor, and civic and academic leader, he served from 2009-14 as Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden. He first joined the Penn Law faculty in 2002, serving as Interim Dean from 2014-15 and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006-07.
His first book, Brownsville, Brooklyn: Black, Jews and the Changing Face of the Ghetto (University of Chicago Press 2002), traces the evolution of a working-class community as its population shifted from largely Jewish and working-class to largely African-American and poor, becoming in the process a microcosm of twentieth-century urban history and class aspiration. His second book, Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and Times of an Urban Reformer(University of Chicago Press 2008), explores the life of the first US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who was also the first African-American to be a US cabinet secretary, as a reflection of the changes in racial and urban policy that defined the twentieth century.
Provost Pritchett earned a PhD in History from Penn (1997), a JD from Yale Law School (1991), and a BA in Political Science from Brown University (1986).