May/June 2012 Issue • Volume 40 • Issue 5

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Sociologists Receive Major Awards and Honors

Kluge Prize for Study of Humanity

The Library of Congress announced on May 15 that it will award the 2012 John W. Kluge Prize for lifetime achievement in the study of humanity to sociologist Fernando Henrique Cardoso, a leading scholars and political economist of recent Latin American history. Cardoso will receive a $1 million prize at the July 10 ceremony at the Library.

Trained as a sociologist, Cardoso is the first Kluge recipient whose work spans the fields of sociology, political science, and economics. Former President of Brazil, Cardoso’s scholarly analysis of the social structures of government, the economy, and race relations in Brazil laid the intellectual groundwork for his leadership as president in the transformation of Brazil from a military dictatorship with high inflation into a vibrant, more inclusive democracy with strong economic growth.

Throughout his life, Cardoso has asked difficult questions and often defied conventional wisdom, whether with respect to race relations, the relationship among key structures within the economy, or integration into the world economic system. His deeply original analysis of the interplay among political, economic, and social processes substantively informed his later governmental policies. Perhaps the strongest evidence of his intellectual accomplishment is that his successors have continued so many of his policies and ensured his legacy as one of Brazil’s greatest leaders.

Cardoso is the eighth recipient of the $1 million Kluge Prize, which recognizes and celebrates work of the highest quality and greatest impact in areas that advance understanding of the human experience. A scholar of enormous intellectual energy, he has written or co-authored more than 23 scholarly books and 116 scholarly articles, with versions of each produced for a wider public. For more information about Cardoso and the Kluge Prize, visit www.loc.gov/today/pr/2012/12-098.html.

American Academy of Arts & Sciences Fellows

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences announced one sociologist among the 220 new members in its 2012 Class of Fellows. Membership in the Academy honors scholars, scientists, and artists along with civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders from across the United States and abroad. ASA is pleased that Andrew Walder, the Denise O’Leary and Kent Thiry Professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University, is among those honored with the fellowship. Also, he is a Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Director of the Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies in Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences. Walder has long specialized on the sources of conflict, stability and change in communist regimes and their successor states. He is in a class with playwright Neil Simon; Edward F. Diener, who pioneered methods of measuring well-being; American film icons Clint Eastwood and Mel Brooks; and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Academy will welcome this year’s new class at its annual Induction Ceremony on October 6, 2012, at its headquarters in Cambridge, MA. For more information, visit www.amacad.org/news.aspx.

American Academy of Political and Social Science

At the American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) Induction Ceremony of 2012 Academy Fellows in Washington, DC, on May 10 seven new fellows were announced. Among them were sociologists Roberto M. Fernandez, William F. Pounds Professor in Management and a Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Alejandro Portes, Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. Each fellowship is named after a distinguished scholar and public servant who has written for the Academy’s journal, The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science.

Douglas S. Massey, President of the AAPSS and past President of the ASA, said that “the wide influence of [the Fellows’] work stands as an example for all social scientists, both active and nascent.”

Fernandez was awarded the title of Samuel A. Stouffer Fellow for his research focused on organizations, social networks, and race and gender stratification. His current research focuses on the organizational processes surrounding the hiring of new talent using data collected in 14 organizations. He is the author of more than 50 articles and research papers published in top academic journals in his field.

The James S. Coleman Fellow went to Portes, who was honored for his research and publications on national development, international migration, Latin American and Caribbean urbanization, and economic sociology. His books include City on the Edge – the Transformation of Miami (California 1993), co-authored with Alex Stepick and Immigrant America: A Portrait, 3rd edition, (California 2006).

The AAPSS seeks to promote the progress of the social sciences and the use of social science knowledge in the enrichment of public understanding and in the development of public policy. For more information on the awards or the AAPSS, see www.aapss.org.

American Association for the Advancement of Science

In the January 2012 issue of Footnotes, we reported that the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) elected two sociologists in November as Fellows of AAAS. We should have reported that there were three sociologists. Beverly Lindsay, Pennsylvania State University, was missed. She was elected a fellow from within the Section on Education. Lindsay is Professor of Education, Higher Education, and a Comparative & International Education Senior Scientist, Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State. She is the author of numerous books and articles on education, including (with Wanda Blanchett) Universities and Global Diversity: Preparing Educators for Tomorrow and (with Adam Lowther) Terrorism’s Unanswered. The AAAS Fellows were recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum on February 18, 2012, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

National Academy of Sciences

In May, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced the election of sociologist Stephen W. Raudenbush, University of Chicago, among this year’s 784 new members. Newly elected NAS members are recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Members in the Academy, considered one of the highest honors in American science, help write reports on key scientific issues to help inform policymakers’ decisions. The NAS is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. Additional information about the institution and a full directory of NAS members can be found at national-academies.org.

Raudenbush is the Lewis-Sebring Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Chairman of the Committee on Education. He was a professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan from 1998-2005. He is a leading scholar on quantitative methods for studying child and youth development within social settings such as classrooms, schools, and neighborhoods. He is best known for his work on developing hierarchical linear modes, with broad applications in the design and analysis of longitudinal and multilevel research. Raudenbush has been the Scientific Director of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, an ambitious study of how family, neighborhood and school settings shape the academic learning, social development, mental health and exposure to violence of children growing up in Chicago.  

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