The AAPSS Ticker: Publications, Press, and Awards for Academy Fellows

Research & Publications   


- AAPSS President Doug Massey writes about affordable housing in his book Climbing Mount Laurel. Read an interview with Massey about his findings and listen to his insights.

- AAPSS Fellow Ken Prewitt has co-authored (with Thomas Schwandt and Miron Straf) Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy, published by National Academies Press. The report “investigates why scientific evidence is important to policy making and argues that an extensive body of research on knowledge utilization has not led to any widely accepted explanation of what it means to use science in public policy. [The report] identifies the gaps in our understanding and develops a framework for a new field of research to fill those gaps.”

–In “Statistical Security for Social Security,” Gary King (and co-author) argued that outdated forecasting methods lead to an inaccurate measure of social security’s viability. Read the full article.

–The Center for Strategic and International Studies released, “Armitage-Nye Report: U.S.-Japan Alliance: Anchoring Stability in Asia,” written by Joseph Nye (and co-author). Joseph Nye also examined President Obama’s first term and noted the President’s shift from the transformational rhetoric of the 2008 campaign to the pragmatic approach honed during his time in office.

–Mahzarin R. Banaji (and co-author) published “First is Best” in PLoS ONE. According to the Daily Californian, the study found that people prefer the first option in a series of two or more options.

–Stephen Carter is the author of The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, published by Random House, Inc. The book takes place in the years following the Civil War and examines how history would have been different if President Lincoln survived the assassination attempt and faced impeachment. Carter discussed the work in an interview.

–Linda Aiken and colleagues find quality and safety problems in hospitals throughout twelve countries in new study. Results of their study were published in March inBMJ.

–Scott Appleby is the coeditor of a forthcoming book from Cornell University Press, Catholics in the American Century: Recasting Narratives of U.S. History.

–Carol Dweck (with colleagues at Stanford) published findings from their study about how race affects juvenile sentencing in PLoS ONE.

–Elizabeth Loftus (and colleagues) report that many wrongful convictions are based on misidentification. They argue “that eyewitness identification evidence should be based solely on the independent memory of the witness, not on the results of suggestive or coercive procedures.” Findings from their study were published in the May issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science.

–Terri Moffitt and colleagues find that the DNA of 10-year-olds who have experienced violence shows signs typically associated with aging. Their findings are published online in Molecular Psychiatry.

–Joseph Nye writes about “The Decline of America’s Soft Power” in the May/June edition of Foreign Affairs.

–Orlando Patterson (and coauthor) have a forthcoming book, Bringing Culture Back In: New Approaches to the Problems of Black Youth, with Harvard University Press.

–Robert Putnam (and coauthor) found that young people are turning away from churches because they associate Christianity with Republican ideals. They published their findings in the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs in the article, “God and Caesar in America: Why Mixing Religion and Politics Is Bad for Both,” which was adapted from their 2010 book, American Grace.

–Martia Tienda (and coauthor) published “Hispanics in Higher Education and the Texas Top 10% Law” in a 2012 volume of Race and Social Problems. The study found that switching to the “top 10 percent rule” has benefited whites relative to Hispanics.

Opinions and Blogs

 –Diane Ravitch’s blog addresses education-related issues. July posts included “What Do Parents in New York City Want Most?” and “The School of One.”

–Alan Blinder regularly contributes opinion pieces to the Wall Street Journal. His latest, appearing on May 21, is titled, “The Long and Short of Fiscal Policy.”

–Stephen Carter published an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer online titled, “The faculty lounge: An appreciation,” where he “respectfully” appeals to Mitt Romney and his supporters to stop referring to President Obama as “a product of the faculty lounge.”

–Nancy Folbre regularly contributes to the New York Times blog, Economix: Explaining the Science of Everyday Life. Read her most recent blog post, “The Unfunded Liabilities You Love.”

–Douglas Massey (with coauthor) contributed an op-ed to the New York Times on June 1, titled “Do-It-Yourself Immigration Reform.”

–Isabel Sawhill writes about “Why Dan Quayle was right about single moms” in her special contribution to the Washington Post in May. She also contributed on April 16 to the online debate on U.S. News and World Report about the Buffet Rule. Sawhill thinks the rule’s a good start.

Awards & Honors

- AAPSS President Doug Massey's book, Climbing Mount Laurel, is awarded the 2013 Paul Davidoff Award. The award, presented biennially, honors a book publication that promotes positive social change and overcomes poverty and racism.

–Linda Aiken received the Dean’s Award for Exemplary Citizenship from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing.

–Manuel Castells wins 2012 Holberg International Memorial Prize—the “Nobel Prize” for the arts and humanities, social sciences, and law and theology.

–Larry Bartels and Carol Dweck elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

–Amy Gutmann received an honorary degree from Columbia University at its 258th commencement in May.

–Elinor Ostrom named to TIME Magazine’s 2012 list of 100 most influential people in the world. Ostrom was also honored in May when Indiana University renamed its Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis “brings together scholars and researchers from various disciplines to investigate the ways in which human behavior is shaped by institutions and incentives and to analyze public policies that affect people's lives and the world in which they live.”

–Amartya Sen received the Schelling Award, which is given, along with the Neustadt award, in honor of “two people who were instrumental in the creation of the modern Kennedy School,” said Kennedy School Dean David T. Ellwood.

–Susan Silbey received the best publication prize from Regulation & Governance for her coauthored piece, “Governing the Gap: Forging Safe Science Through Relational Regulation.”

Lectures & Addresses

–Diane Ravitch was selected as the first speaker in the 2012-2013 George T. Hunter Lecture Series. Ravitch was also quoted in a Reuters article that discussed the relationship between education, private consultants, and for-profit companies.

–Stephen Carter spoke at a session entitled, “The Law as a Platform for Writing,” during the American Bar Association Annual Meeting.

–Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank spoke at the Innovation Luncheon of the Global Women’s Innovation Network. Blank offered a number of solutions to counter the decrease in R&D spending and initiatives.

–Diane Ravitch spoke at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) convention. Ravitch criticized high stakes testing and value-added assessment. Read the full speech.

–James Jackson delivered an address, “The Masquerade of Racial Group Differences,” at the 2012 Association for Psychological Science Convention.

–Richard Freeman gave a keynote address at the STEM Enterprise event at AAAS on June 6, where he likened “a new way of measuring innovation to GDP.”

–Howard Gardner gave a lecture in May at Framingham State, where he spoke about his new book, Five Minds for the Future. Gardner also spoke to Harvard Law students in March about “What is ‘Good Work’ in the Law?” where he challenged future lawyers to think about the ethical component of their profession.

–Alan Krueger gave keynote address in May at Columbia University’s Global Economic Governance Center, where he discussed jobs and higher education, saying that the U.S. has “about the best educated 60-year-olds in the world” but falls to the middle when looking at our 30-year-olds.

–Orlando Patterson spoke at the University of Pittsburgh in March, where he discussed ways that the government could get fathers more involved with their children, specifically paying unmarried fathers to do so or encouraging fatherhood as an “alternative” to going to prison for drug violations.

–Alice Rivlin spoke as part of a Brookings Institution panel in May about how the next president “could curb spiraling health care costs.” Rivlin was also the keynote at the University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs in April; her address was titled, “Can the Center Hold: Democracy and Governance in a Polarized America.”

–Kathleen Hall Jamieson gave the 20th annual Kenneth Burke Lecture in Rhetoric on April 24 at the Center for Democratic Deliberation at Penn State, where she spoke about “Patterns of Deception in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Campaigns: How Language Does Our Thinking For Us.”

–Douglas Massey discussed findings from his and colleagues’ two-year study of the costs and benefits of affordable housing in high-opportunity neighborhoods—the first study of its kind—at a forum titled, “Forty Years After Mount Laurel: New Findings on the Effects of Affordable Housing,” on April 26.

–Diane Ravitch spoke in Philadelphia at the conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, where she said that Philadelphia schools were looking in the wrong place if they are looking to New York City schools as a model of best practices.

–Amartya Sen delivered the 18th annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy at Notre Dame on April 17.

–William Julius Wilson presented the 2012 Chancellor’s Fellows Lecture, “Race and Affirmative Opportunity in the Barack Obama Era” in late March at Washington University in St. Louis.

In the Press

–Alan Krueger discussed the July 2012 jobs report. Read the interview or listen to the podcast.

–Amartya Sen spoke to CNN-IBN‘s Deputy Editor, Sagarika Ghose, about Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement. He argued that any discussion on corruption should focus on “what causes corruption, what are the systematic errors, what requires changing, and in particular, why we have so much incentives given for corruption.”

–Stephen Carter addressed income inequality and its relationship to education and school choice in a recent Bloomberg article.

–Linda Aiken is quoted in an article addressing the potential connection between increased infection rates and nurse burnout.

–Joseph Nye discussed culture and “soft power” with BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz. Listen to the interview.

–Kathleen Hall Jamieson spoke about the negative rhetoric of the presidential campaign. Listen to the interview.

–Andrew Cherlin offered, “The Top Three Myths About Myths,” in a recent New York Times article. He notes the particular importance of the topic during the current presidential campaign.

–Amy Gutmann discussed her new book, The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It, with ABC News Correspondent Jim Gardner. Watch the interview. Gutmann noted the importance and effects of Title IX with the Council of Ivy League Presidents. Gutmann was interviewed by Dan Schawbel of Forbes magazine where she discussed student loans and transitioning from student to professional.

–Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank visited Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, Kansas. Blank toured the Industrial Technical Center built through a partnership between JCCC and BNSF Railway. Blank also traveled to St. Louis County and praised Wilco Die-Tool-Machine Co. for successfully bringing work back to the United States from China. Blank announced U.S. participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system and noted the increase in spending by international visitors in the U.S. and its importance in growing the economy.

–Joseph Nye was asked about soft power, smart power, and Syria in an interview with The Diplomat. Nye also discussed energy independence in a recent article that appeared in The Korea Times.

–Howard Gardner discussed his work, Truth, Beauty and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Age of Truthiness and Twitter, in an interview with C.M. Rubin.

–Alice Rivlin spoke at Conversations for a Healthy Tomorrow, a forum sponsored by the Independent Health Association. Rivlin discussed the need for health care reform and emphasized that “what really happens is determined by the coming together of leaders in the community. Whether you're talking about improving health care or education, it's determined in rooms like this, because we care about what happens going forward.”

–Alan Blinder discussed the importance of offshore jobs in the 2012 presidential election.

–Elizabeth Loftus was interviewed about how jurors in criminal cases can better evaluate the credibility of eyewitness testimony.  

–Ernst Fehr (and co-authors) published a study in Neuron that shows a connection between altruism and brain structure.

–Stephen Carter examined the presidential campaign and the First Amendment in “Is Regulating Lies the Next Campaign Reform?”

–Robert Putnam’s research on inequality of opportunity among children is referenced in David Brooks’ NYT article “America Needs to Close the Opportunity Gap.” Luis Ubiñas, President of the Ford Foundation, responded to the article in a Letter to the Editor. Putnam’s findings were also featured in an article entitled “Class Now Trumps Race as the Great Divide in America.”

–Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot was interviewed about her new book, Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free. Lawrence-Lightfoot said, “We should develop the habit of marking the small goodbyes to help us master the larger farewells.”

–Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank traveled to San Jose, CA to discuss the opening of a U.S. Patent and Trademark satellite office. Blank also announced three other locations for satellite offices, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, and Detroit.

–Kathleen Hall Jamieson argued in a Washington Post opinion piece that the media can play an important role in holding presidential candidates accountable for the accuracy of their statements. Jamieson also discussed the topic in an NPR interview.

–Alan Blinder discussed the European Central Bank in a recent NPR story.

–Felton Earls is quoted in an article on the arrest of Turkish academic, Kemal Gürüz. Earls condemned the treatment of Gürüz and called for his release.

–Mahzarin Banaji’s lab recently asked study participants how they would choose a quiz show partner. They found that people were willing to trade off IQ for a physically thinner partner. Banaji’s study was cited in “Unconscious Biases May Make You Choose the Wrong People.”

–Rebecca Blank traveled to Flint, MI to tour manufacturing plant and “highlight manufacturing, innovation, and trade promotion and enforcement investments in the President’s FY13 Budget request.”

–Stephen Carter spoke to Religion and Ethics Newsweekly about drone ethics. See his interview here.

–Andrew Cherlin appeared on CBS News to discuss a recent government report that finds that marriage in the United States is in a fragile state. As Cherlin points out in his interview, this does not mean marriage is becoming obsolete.

–Carol Dweck spoke to Harvard Business Review IdeaCast about how “you can think your way to success.” Dweck and colleagues found that with a “growth” mindset rather than a “fixed” mindset, people can achieve success; this research is the topic of her 2006 book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

–Nancy Folbre spoke to The Real News Network about giving a “real value” to the work that those who work at home (stay-at-home mothers, for example) do. Folbre discussed public policies related to the topic. See and read her interview here.

–Claudia Goldin (and coauthor) published a February 2012 working paper that puts forth strong evidence that trade schools raise tuition to whatever level federal aid can support. For-profit educational institutions that qualify for aid charge 75% more than those institutions that do not qualify, the paper reveals. Their working paper was cited in Barron’s online.

–Lawrence Katz talked to NPR’s Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne about the economy and job growth.

–Elizabeth Loftus’s controversial work on false memory and memory engineering was cited in the Vancouver Observer online, where she told the reporter that “memory engineering could be done and could be helpful for people.”  

–Steven Pinker talked to Charlie Rose in April about the surprising decline of violence in the world, which is the topic of his new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Watch the interview.

–Susan Silbey and colleagues find in four-year study of female engineering students that women are no more hesitant to mix family and work than are men. Silbey speaks to R&D magazine about the study.




- James S. Jackson has been elected as the next president of the Consortium of Social Science Associations. He begins his two-year term on January 1, 2013, succeeding AAPSS Fellow Ken Prewitt.


 –Amartya Sen was appointed the first Chancellor of Nalanda University.

–Larry Bartels joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Political Science, where he is the codirector of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions and the May Werthan Shane Chair of Public Policy and Social Science.

–Amy Gutmann will stay on as President of the University of Pennsylvania for another five years, making her the second-longest serving president in Penn’s history. Read more about Gutmann and what she has done for Penn during her current service in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

–Alejandro Portes joined the faculty at University of Miami’s School of Law. Portes will also retain his appointment and title at Princeton University (Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Migration and Development), where he will teach half time when he is not at UM.