May-June 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 5

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Sociologists Receive
2009 Guggenheim Fellowships

This past April, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation announced the winners for the 85th annual United States and Canadian Guggenheim Fellowship Awards. Among the almost 3,000 applications, 180 fellowships were awarded to artists, scientists, and scholars totaling $8 million. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of outstanding achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment. 

Seventy-five disciplines and 81 academic institutions are represented by this year’s Fellows. Three of these recipients are members of the American Sociological Association: Robert Courtney Smith, John D. Stephens, and Susan Cotts Watkins.

Robert Courtney Smith is an Associate Professor of Sociology, Immigration Studies, and Public Affairs at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of Mexican New York: Transnational Worlds of New Immigrants, which received book awards from ASA’s International Migration Section and the Urban and Community Sociology Section. He is the author of more than 30 articles and chapters on migration, education and immigration, and state-Diaspora relations. His current project on the school, work and social lives of children of immigrants as they enter early adulthood is funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation.

John D. Stephens is the Gerhard E. Lenski, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology; Director, Center for European Studies at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His main interests are comparative politics and political economy, with area foci on Europe and the Caribbean. He is the author of The Transition from Capitalism to Socialism, and coauthor of Democratic Socialism in Jamaica and Capitalist Development and Democracy, and Development and Crisis of the Welfare State. He is currently working on a study of social policy in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Iberia.

Susan Cotts Watkins is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Research Scientist at the California Center for Population Research. Her work has focused on large-scale demographic and social change, specifically fertility transitions in historical Europe, the United States, and contemporary Africa; the AIDS epidemic in Africa; and the role of social networks in these changes. With colleagues, she has organized two longitudinal survey projects, one in Kenya and a larger project in Malawi. In addition to a large number of journal articles, she is the author of Social Interactions and HIV/AIDS in Rural Malawi.

The Guggenheim Foundation offers fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions. To apply for the Guggenheim Fellowship or for more information, see
Applications must be submitted by the candidates themselves by
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