July-August 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 6

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Skocpol Elected to the NAS

In April, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced at its 145th annual meeting the election of sociologist Theda Skocpol among this year’s 72 new members. These newly elected NAS members were recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The total number of sociologist active members is more than 20. Membership in the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in American science. Members help write reports on key scientific issues to inform policymakers’ decisions.

Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology and Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She received her BA from Michigan State University and her PhD from Harvard University. Skocpol has served as the Director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard and President of the Social Science History Association and the American Political Science Association. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her interest areas include comparative politics, American politics, comparative and historical sociology, U.S. history, and the study of public policy.

The total number of active NAS members is now 2,041. NAS is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to furthering science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by Congress to act as an adviser to the federal government, upon request. For more information, visit www.nas.edu. small_green


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