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William Julius Wilson named winner of 2013 Moynihan Prize

  • Mon, Jan 14 2013
    • William Julius Wilson

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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Diane Ravitch: The importance of evidence-based data in education reform

  • Tue, Jun 21 2011
    • Diane Ravitch acceptance

Thank you so much, Dan, and thank you to the members of the Academy.  I want to thank my family, who is here, and also the Moynihan family – wonderful to see you again.  I do want to say at the outset that I have divided my prize money amongst three organizations that I care a lot about.  One is called the Save Our Schools March, it is being organized by national board-certified teachers.  They will be marching on Washington on July 30th, I will be speaking to them—they are getting half my prize.  The other two organizations,…

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Robert Greenstein: Bringing research and analysis to bear in policy debates

  • Fri, Jun 18 2010
    • Robert Greenstein

“Thank you to friends and colleagues here tonight from the scholarly community; from the world of philanthropy; from journalism; from the administration and Congress; from elsewhere in the policy community; and from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities—my home away from home for the last 28 years. And speaking of home, I want to thank my wonderful wife Elissa, who’s also here tonight. Thanks, most of all, to the Academy. I am both honored and surprised to receive this award. When Douglas Massey called to tell me of the award, I first thought that the committee had surely made…

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Mario Small: Defining policy through evidence not preconceptions

  • Fri, Jun 18 2010
    • Mario Small cropped

University of Chicago Sociology Professor Mario Small discusses the changes in attitudes toward poverty in the last thirty years and how important it is to approach the study of culture and poverty through quantitative research as well as getting out into the field. “Once you are on the ground, you realize that your preconceptions are shaping your questions, whereas the reality is telling you something else,” he pointed out in an interview with Stephanie Marudas, discussing the May 210 volume of The Annals, Reconsidering Culture and Poverty. Stephanie Marudas: Why do this volume? Why does culture matter for poverty?   Mario…

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Social Science Research and Policy: "History Matters"

  • Wed, May 30 2007
    • Claudia Goldin

  On April 29th, 2007, the AAPSS inducted the Fellows of 2007. The following are excerpts from recipient Claudia Goldin's remarks.   I do not know the impact my work has had on public discourse. But I do know the impact I would like it to have had. Researchers and policy makers, as well as those who vote and take part in policy discourse, must be made aware that history matters. History is not something that simply happened; the past is not just what occurred long ago. Rather, history is constantly discovered and reinterpreted in light…

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How Can Social Science Research Influence Policy?

  • Wed, May 30 2007

On April 29th, 2007, the American Academy of Political and Social Science inducted new Fellows for 2007, including: Claudia Goldin, Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Robert Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University, Robert J. Sampson, Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, and Shelley Taylor, Professor of Psychology at UCLA. After the induction, the floor was opened for a Q&A session with Fellows. Following are excerpts from that Q&A session. Michael Brintnall, Executive Director, American Political Science Association: What do you think are the effective ways by which we can get social science…

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Three Lessons from Baghdad for U.S. Latin America Policy

  • Tue, Mar 27 2007
    • Michael Centeno

Watching George Bush squirm through an obviously uncomfortable visit to Latin America highlighted once again how little the United States seems to understand the conditions below the border. Since our government pays scant attention to Latin America, while seeming obsessed with the Middle East, it may help to frame some lessons on the former through the lens of the latter. Lesson #1: Don’t try to be cheap. All agree that what hampered U.S. policy in Iraq was the unwillingness to commit sufficient resources at an early enough stage. Whether one agreed with the presumptions behind the 2003 invasion or not, the…

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