On May 7, The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) inducted sociologist Claude S. Fischer as a 2015 Fellow. AAPSS Fellows are recognized for their contributions to the improvement of society through research and influence over public policy. Since the founding of its Fellows program in 2000, AAPSS has inducted almost 100 distinguished scholars and public servants as Fellows.
Fischer is the Natalie Cohen Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Berkley. While his early research focused on urban studies, social networks, and economic inequality, his most recent works have focused on social history. With funding from the National Institute of Aging, he is currently working on a five-year panel study of how personal ties and networks change. Fischer has authored several award-winning books, including Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth (with Hout, Lucas, Sánchez-Jankowski, Swidler, and Voss), and received the 1996 Robert and Helen Lynd Award in recognition of his lifetime contributions in urban studies.
After inducting the 2015 Academy Fellows, the AAPSS awarded University of Wisonsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize. According to the Academy, the prize “was created to recognize social scientists, public officials, and civic leaders who champion the use of informed judgement to advance the public good.”
Kenneth Prewitt, the Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs and director of The Future of Scholarly Knowledge project at Columbia University, succeeded Douglas Massey, as AAPSS President; Massey served as President for nine years. A former director of the U.S. Census Bureau and former president of the Social Science Research Council, Prewitt has been a long-time champion of the ways in which sound data and good social science can advance the public good and inform public policy. Like Massey, Prewitt has demonstrated commitment to the Academy and its work; he is a Fellow, a former AAPSS Board member, and an ANNALS editor and contributor. Founded in 1889, the AAPSS strives to promote the progress of the social sciences and their use for public policy and the advancement of social good. The Academy also produces ANNALS, a bimonthly journal.