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Senator Elizabeth Warren is One of Seven Distinguished Scholars Named Fellows of the AAPSS

  • Wed, Jan 29 2014
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The American Academy of Political and Social Science has elected seven eminent scholars as 2014 Fellows of the Academy. Among them are U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and the founder and president of the well-regarded Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The AAPSS inducts a handful of Fellows each year in recognition of 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 93 distinguished scholars and public servants as Fellows.  The seven 2014 Fellows of the Academy are: Janet Currie, an economist whose…

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AAPSS Awards 2014 Moynihan Prize to Joseph Stiglitz

  • Fri, Dec 13 2013
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Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor at Columbia University and 2001 Nobel Prize winner, has been named the 2014 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize Winner, by AAPSS. The Moynihan Prize honors individuals who use sound analysis and social science research to inform public policy, while also contributing to the public discourse on society’s most pressing issues, much like the prize’s namesake, the late Senator Moynihan, did. Stiglitz has contributed greatly to our understanding of the sources and dire ramifications of economic inequality in America, in works such as his most recent book, The Price of Inequality (W.W. Norton and Company 2012). Stiglitz’s illustrious…

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The Effects of the Great Recession

  • Fri, Oct 18 2013
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AAPSS Fellow Sheldon Danziger is the special editor of the most recent ANNALS volume, "The Effects of the Great Recession." In this ANNALS volume, Danziger and other leading experts from economics, political science, sociology, and psychology focus on how federal and state government policy responses affected the course of the Great Recession and on the many ways in which the recession has affected (or likely will affect) the lives of American workers, families, and children. The Great Recession, which officially lasted from December 2007 through June 2009 (as dated by the National Bureau of Economic Research), was the most severe recession since…

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Inaugural Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture on Social Science and Public Policy

  • Tue, Jun 11 2013
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In the inaugural Daniel Patrick Moynihan lecture, William Julius Wilson,the 2013 Moynihan Prize winner points to access to meaningful economic opportunities and education as key factors shaping the challenges that minority populations face when seeking employment. In his own work, Wilson has used employment as a barometer of equality, a theory that late Senator Moynihan advanced in 1965. Citing the historical phenomena of suburban sprawl and economic stagnation, Wilson makes the case that minority populations have been disproportionately affected by the change in the employment landscape. Segregated neighborhoods, declining opportunities for employment, and failing school systems, he says, have a concomitant effect, limiting…

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Sixth Annual Moynihan Prize Ceremony held in Washington DC

  • Tue, Jun 11 2013
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William Julius Wilson Receives 2013 Moynihan Prize The Academy’s sixth annual Moynihan Prize Ceremony was held in Washington, DC, on the evening of May 9, 2013. William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, received the 2013 prize. Wilson was introduced by Douglas Massey, president of AAPSS and Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Earlier in the day on May 9, Wilson gave the inaugural Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture on Social Science and Public Policy. This year’s gala dinner was held at the Newseum, with more than 100 guests…

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April 26 Congressional Briefing on Social Surveys and Statistics

  • Fri, Apr 19 2013
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Policy Makers & Businesses Need Reliable Information and Data: The Impact of Falling Response Rates to Social Surveys and What Can Be Done.  Sponsored by Senator Jay Rockefeller and Congressmen Chaka Fattah and Charles Dent. Friday, April 26, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Capitol Visitors Center room SVC 209-08 Organized by AAPSS in collaboration with the Annie E Casey Foundation, the Russell Sage foundation, Sage publications and the NRC’s Committee on National Statistics, the briefing reviewed the state of survey research and its role in the federal statistical system, assessed the nonresponse challenge and discussed alternate approaches for providing…

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William Julius Wilson named winner of 2013 Moynihan Prize

  • Mon, Jan 14 2013
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William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, has been named the winner of the 2013 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize.  He will receive the prize on Thursday, May 9, in Washington DC, at the Academy’s annual gala dinner at the Newseum.  The same day, in Washington, Wilson will deliver the inaugural Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture on Social Science and Public Policy. “Bill Wilson is one of the most influential social scientists of the twentieth century and, arguably, one of the great American scholars of our time,” said AAPSS President Douglas S. Massey.…

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Academy Names 2013 Fellows

  • Wed, Dec 12 2012
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The Academy has selected four scholar/public servants to become Fellows in 2013. A small group of Fellows is inducted each year in recognition of their scholarly contributions to the social sciences, their efforts to communicate that scholarship to audiences beyond their own disciplines, and their commitment to improving public policy with research. The four 2013 Fellows are: Dr. Norman Bradburn, a social psychologist whose work has focused on psychological well-being and assessments of quality of life, particularly through the use of large-scale surveys. He is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago and Senior Fellow…

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James S. Jackson Elected President of Consortium of Social Science Associations

  • Tue, Dec 11 2012
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  AAPSS Fellow James S. Jackson has been elected as the next president of the Consortium of Social Science Associations. Jackson, Director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, begins his two-year term on January 1, 2013, succeeding AAPSS Fellow Ken Prewitt.

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Ken Prewitt Publishes (with Thomas Schwandt and Miron Straf) Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy

  • Tue, Dec 11 2012
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AAPSS Board Member and Fellow Ken Prewitt has co-authored (with Thomas Schwandt and Miron Straf) Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy, published by National Academies Press. “This has been the most difficult professional task I've undertaken,” said Prewitt of what it took to bring together the relatively six-inch report. In it, Prewitt “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…

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