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Sociologists Among Inductees of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the election this year of two sociologists among its new 178 Fellows and 24 Foreign Honorary Members to Academy membership. The newly elected sociologists are Michael Hechter, University of Washington, and Yu Xie, University of Michigan. Hechter’s and Xie’s fellowships fall under the social relations category. The 202 inductees are world-renowned leaders in scholarship, business, the arts, and public affairs.

Michael Hechter is a professor of sociology at the University of Washington. His areas of focus are Political Sociology, Theory, Sociology of Values, and Comparative-Historical Sociology. He has written Internal Colonialism: The Celtic Fringe in British National Development 1536-1966, Principles of Group Solidarity, and Containing Nationalism. Hechter earned his PhD from Columbia University and has earned various awards for his writings.

Yu Xie is Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. He is also affiliated with the Department of Statistics, the Population Studies Center, the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research, and the Center for Chinese Studies. At the Survey Research Center, he directs the Quantitative Methodology Program (QMP). Xie specializes in social stratification, demography, statistical methods, and sociology of science. He has co-authored two books, Women in Science (with Kimberlee Shauman) and Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis (with Daniel A. Powers).

Election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the highest honors in the United States. Early fellows included George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Einstein, and Winston Churchill. The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.” Its unique structure allows the Academy to conduct interdisciplinary studies on international security, social policy, education, and the humanities on the range of academic and intellectual disciplines of its members. New Fellows will be welcomed at the Academy’s annual induction ceremony in October 2004.