May/June 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 5

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Sociologists Elected to the
American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Two U.S.-based sociologists were among some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts who were elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In late April, the Academy announced its selection of 212 member, including sociologists Claude S. Fischer and Nancy Foner, as part of its 2011 Class of Fellows. They are in a class with cancer researcher Clara Bloomfield; Anthony Bryk, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Roberta Ramo, the first woman to serve as president of the American Bar Association; documentary filmmaker Ken Burns; and singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

Fischer, Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley is the founding editor of ASA’s Contexts magazine. He has conducted research on American social history, including a statistical study, with Michael Hout, of transformations in American society over the 20th century, Century of Difference: How America Changed in the Last One Hundred Years (2006) and Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character (2010), which analyzes social, cultural, and psychological developments since the colonial era. Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, is an influential scholar of the American immigrant experience. The author or editor of 14 books, she has written widely on immigration to New York City and is particularly interested in the comparative study of immigration—comparing immigration today with earlier periods in the United States, the immigrant experience in various American gateway cities, and immigrant minorities in the United States and Europe. They will be inducted into the Academy on October 1, 2011, in Cambridge, MA.

Established in 1780 by John Adams and other founders of the nation, the Academy undertakes studies of complex and emerging problems. Its membership of scholars and practitioners from many disciplines and professions gives it a unique capacity to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary, long-term policy research. Current projects focus on science and technology; global security; social policy and American institutions; the humanities and culture; and education.

For more information about the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ 2011 Class of Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members, visit

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