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In April, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation announced the winners for the 90th annual Unites States and Canadian Guggenheim Fellowship Awards. Among the almost three thousand applications, 177 fellowships were awarded to a diverse group of artists, scientists, and scholars. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. One of the hallmarks of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is the diversity of its Fellows. Fifty-six disciplines and 83 academic institutions are represented by this year’s Fellows. Sociologists Jack A. Goldstone and Cecilia Menjivar are among the 2014 Guggenheim Fellows.
Jack A. Goldstone is the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Jr. Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow of the Mercatus Center. Goldstone’s research focuses on the conditions for building political stability and economic growth in developing nations. His latest book is Political Demography: How Population Changes are Reshaping International Security and National Politics (2012). He is currently studying the impact of global population changes on social and economic development. Among his many awards is the ASA Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award.
Cecilia Menjívar is Cowden Distinguished Professor in the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. Her research examines how state power manifests itself in the microprocesses of everyday life. Specifically, her work seeks to understand the impact of structural forces, as shaped by the state, on individuals and how they in turn respond from their social positions, attaching meaning to their actions. Her Guggenheim Fellowship project will focus on writing Living with the Law in Arizona: Immigrants’ Everyday Encounters With and Through Law, based on her longitudinal study of Central American immigration to Phoenix, AZ.