AP Style Professor

Do I Capitalize Professor?

AP Style holds that you should never abbreviate the title “professor.”

Lowercase when before a name, but capitalize “Professor Emeritus” as a conferred title before a name. For example,

  • The award was given to professor John Rubadeau.


  • The award was given to Professor Emeritus John Rubadeau.

Do not include the title in second reference unless it is part of a quotation.

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