Amy Gutman

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Amy Gutman (2009)

Amy Gutmann (born November 19, 1949 in Brooklyn , New York ) is an American political scientist . She has been President of the University of Pennsylvania since 2004 and also holds a professorship there. She was nominated as United States Ambassador to Germany by President Joe Biden in 2021 and confirmed by the US Senate the following year .

From 1989 to 2004 she was a professor at Princeton University . In her academic career, Gutmann worked e.g. with democracy theory, also in the context of an educational policy debate.


Gutmann was born on November 19, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York City. Her Orthodox Jewish father, Kurt Gutmann, originally from Feuchtwangen in Germany , first fled to Bombay , British India , in 1934 , where he set up a metal goods factory after being refused a visa to the United States . Kurt Gutmann had also persuaded his four siblings and their parents to flee Germany in view of the increasing persecution of Jews . After the Second World War he emigrated to the USA. Gutmann's parents married in New York City in 1948. She grew up in the city of Monroe , upstate New York .

In 1967 she went to Radcliffe College on a scholarship . She graduated magna cum laude in 1971 with a bachelor's degree . The following year she studied political science at the London School of Economics and obtained a master's degree. She received her doctorate in the same subject from Harvard University in 1976 and has since held a Ph.D. -Doctoral degree.

After completing her doctorate, she began working at Princeton University in 1976. She was Associate Professor there from 1981 and Professor from 1989 . In the meantime she was also dean and advisor to the university president. In 2001 she became Provost of Princeton University.

Gutmann became President of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and is also a professor. Her contract with the university was extended until 2022.

Gutmann was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2005. She was appointed Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues by then-US President Barack Obama in 2009 and held the position for seven years. Fortune magazine named her 49th in the 2018 World's 50 Greatest Leaders .

On July 13, 2021, US President Joe Biden nominated her for the post of US Ambassador to Germany . On January 4, 2022, Gutmann was again proposed to the Senate, which was necessary due to the rules of procedure. On February 8, 2022, the United States Senate confirmed the appointment by a vote of 54 in favor and 42 against. Gutmann will be the first woman to head the United States Embassy in Berlin . Since June 2020, since Richard Grenell 's departure, this has been managed without ambassadors and by chargé d'affaires - longer than at any time since the Second World War .

Gutmann is married to Columbia University political scientist Michael W. Doyle . Her daughter is a chemist at Princeton University.

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Commons : Amy Gutmann  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files


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