Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipients 2019

Since 1984, it has been a tradition at The American University of Paris to award honorary degrees as a way of recognizing a distinguished person’s contributions to a specific field or to society in general. An honorary degree is very often awarded to distinguished individuals whose accomplishments are consistent with the mission and core values of AUP.

It is with great pleasure that we announce this year's honorary degrees recipients:

Margaret MacMillan

Margaret MacMillan is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and the former Warden of St. Antony's College. Her books include Women of the Raj (1988, 2007); Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World (2001) for which she was the first woman to win the Samuel Johnson Prize; Nixon in China: The Week that Changed the World (2006); The Uses and Abuses of History (2008); and Extraordinary Canadians: Stephen Leacock (2009). Her most recent book is The War that Ended Peace. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto, Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, University of Toronto, Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, and of St. Hilda’s College and University of Oxford. Professor MacMillan is a Trustee of the Central European University in Budapest, sits on the editorial board of International History and First World War Studies, and is a Companion of Honor (UK). She is also a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust. In May 2019, Professor MacMillan will deliver the keynote address at The Paris 1919 Peace Conference in New Perspective, a conference hosted by AUP. 

Marian Goodman

Marian Goodman is one of the most respected contemporary gallerists, known for her taste, high standards and loyalty to her artists. The Marian Goodman Gallery, which she founded in New York City in late 1977, has played an important role in introducing European artists to American audiences and helping to establish a vital dialogue among artists and institutions working internationally. In 1995, the Gallery expanded to include an exhibition space in Paris and in 2014 an exhibition space in London. In 2016, Ms. Goodman’s dream of opening a bookstore with additional gallery space was realized in Paris. Prior to the establishment of the gallery, in 1965 Ms. Goodman founded Multiples, Inc. which published prints, multiples, and books by leading American artists such as John Baldessari, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. From 1968 to 1975, Multiples worked with European artists, introducing early editions by Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, and Gerhard Richter to American audiences. Since then, Ms. Goodman, a New Yorker, has used her Gallery to show artists who are leaders of their generation: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Christian Boltanski, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Rineke Dijkstra, Yang Fudong, Cristina Iglesias, William Kentridge, Steve McQueen, Annette Messager, Gabriel Orozco, Giuseppe Penone, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Struth, Lawrence Weiner, Adrian Villar Rojas, Danh Vo and Francesca Woodman, to name but a few. Marian Goodman is renowned for her longstanding, close relationships with her artists. 

Ali Rahnema

Ali Rahnema has been a Professor of Economics at The American University of Paris since 1984. An economist and historian, he holds a BA in Economics from Lewis and Clark College, a Ph.D from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Ph.D in the Economics and Sociology of Development from the Université de Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne. Doctor Rahnema has led the Department of Economics at AUP as Co-Chair (1996-2006) and Chair (since 2015) and is largely credited with elevating the profile and academic rigor of the department and increasing its emphasis on interdisciplinary and international perspectives. He was also Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Master’s program (2007-2015). Doctor Rahnema has served on a number of committees, most recently as Chair of the Faculty Senate 

(2010-2012). A prolific researcher and writer, his publications include Shi’i Reformation in Iran: The Life and Theology of Shari‘at Sangelaji (2018), Behind the 1953 Coup in Iran: Thugs, Turn Coats, Spooks and Soldiers (2015), An Islamic Utopian, A Political Biography of Ali Shari‘ati (1998), and Islamic Economic Systems (1994), which he co-authored with AUP professor Farhad Nomani. Much lauded by the AUP community, he is a three time recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award conferred by the Board of Trustees, and twice received the Faculty Student Service Award from the Student Government Association. 

Previous Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary degrees have been awarded at the AUP Commencement Ceremony since 1984. Honorary degree recipients often give lectures or presentations on the days preceding Commencement. These events are open to the public and provide graduates and their families the opportunity to meet our awardees in informal settings. One or more of the recipients is often invited to give a commencement address before the assembled faculty, graduates, and parents – an event which is often the highlight of the ceremony. The following renowned scholars, artists, writers, political figures, and researchers have received honorary degrees from AUP. 

Honorable Arthur Hartman

Pierre Salinger

Gene Kelly
Sir Stephen Spender

Vicomte Etienne Davignon
Elizabeth McCormack

Daniel Socolow
Simone Veil

Helen Ahrweiler
Georges Duby
Luc Montagnier
Jessye Norman

I. M. Pei
William Styron


Maurice Allais
Francois Perigot

Bernard Kouchner
Simon Weisenthal

Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Olivia de Havilland

Glenn W. Ferguson
Jeannine Manuel
Frederico Mayor
H. E. Sa’eed Salman

Christiane Amanpour
Pamela Harriman
Richard C. Holbrooke
Harry Wu

Van Gordon Sauter
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Russell Porter
The Honorable Felix G. Rohatyn

Chloe Wellingham Aaron

Martin Gray

Peter W. Goldmark
Willem Peppler

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
The Honorable R. Sargent Shriver, Jr.

Sir Crispin Tickell

Yehuda Elkana

Dr. Taslima Nasreen
Dame Muriel Spark
Dr. Tzvetan Todorov

Barry Eichengreen
Mavis Gallant
Michel Rocard

Edmond Alphandery
James Ivory

Daniel Cohen
Paul Muldoon

Naif Abdullah Al-Rukaibi
Leslie Caron
Reza Deghati
Christine Lagarde

J.M. Coetzee
Eugene Lang
Robert Wilson

Jane Goodall
Rory Stewart

Richard Ned Lebow
David McCullough
Archie Shepp

Louise Arbour
Martha Nussbaum

Edward A. Frieman
Lillian Greene-Chamberlain
Judith Hermanson Ogilvie
Nicholas Vreeland

Lisa Anderson
Margee Ensign
Benjamin Millepied

Justice Stephen Breyer
Bertie Lubner
Kenneth Roth

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi ’98
Her Excellency Huda Ebrahim Alkhamis '83
Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns

Rachael Denhollander
Claudia Rankine
Kaija Saariaho