Jerry A. Coyne is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. Coyne’s work has been largely concerned with the genetics of species differences, aimed at understanding the evolutionary processes that produce new species. He has written 115 refereed scientific papers and more than 130 popular articles, book reviews, and columns, as well as a scholarly book about his research area—Speciation, co-authored with H. Allen Orr—and a trade book about the evidence for evolution—Why Evolution is True, a New York Times bestseller. His second book, Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible (Viking/Penguin Random House) appeared in May, 2015. Coyne is a contributor The New York Times, The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Nation, USA Today, and other popular periodicals.
He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the 2011 “Emperor Has No Clothes” Award from the Freedom From Religion Foundation as well as the 2015 Richard Dawkins Award from the Atheist Alliance of America.