Press Releases|

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Feb. 27, 2020) – On October 8, 2020, five distinguished scholars will become Fellows of The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), one of the nation’s oldest learned societies. The AAPSS welcomes a small number of new Fellows into its ranks each year, recognizing their contributions to society with their path-breaking research and public service.

The 2020 Fellows of the AAPSS are:

Katherine Cramer, a political scientist whose work focuses on the way people in the United States make sense of politics. Cramer’s innovative approach to the study of public opinion has added depth to the analysis of voter attitudes. She is a professor of political science and Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Eric Foner, a historian who specializes in nineteenth-century America, particularly the Civil War and Reconstruction. Foner’s groundbreaking examinations of race relations, politics, and economic change follow the effects of Civil War–era policies through today’s America. He is DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University.

Helen Milner, a political scientist who has written extensively on international and comparative political economy, the connections between domestic politics and foreign policy, and the impact of globalization on domestic politics. She is B.C. Forbes Professor of Public Affairs and a professor of politics and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Mario Small, a sociologist whose research looks at the fundamental questions of who we connect with, why, and how we use those connections. Small investigates urban poverty and personal networks, and in so doing analyzes the relationship between qualitative and quantitative research methods. He is Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.

Bruce Western, a sociologist who studies the connections between political institutions and social and economic inequality, with a focus on criminal justice policy and incarceration. Western’s research has detailed the causes, scope, and consequences of the historic growth in U.S. prison populations. He is the Bryce Professor of Sociology and Social Justice and codirector of the Justice Lab at Columbia University.

Counting the five Fellowships to be conferred in October, the AAPSS has awarded 140 Fellowships in the 20 years that its Fellows program has existed. Most of the Academy’s Fellows are university-based scholars who have changed our understanding of human behavior and the world in which we live; others are public servants who have used scholarly research in government to improve the common good.

“The annual election of a small number of exceptionally distinguished Fellows celebrates those whose writings are influential well beyond the normal boundaries of their respective disciplines,” said Kenneth Prewitt, President of the AAPSS and Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University.  “This year is a ‘shoulders of giants’ moment, and a win-win in the life of our Academy.”

Cramer, Foner, Milner, Small, and Western will officially join the Academy at a ceremony to be held in Washington, DC.

For a complete list of AAPSS Fellows, visit


Tom Kecskemethy, Executive Director

American Academy of Political and Social Science

Tel: (215) 746-7321, Email:


The American Academy of Political and Social Science promotes the use of social science in the public domain and in policy-making. Its flagship journal, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, brings together public officials and scholars from across social science disciplines to address issues ranging from the transition to adulthood in developing countries to the current and future impact of the Great Recession, from enhanced government regulation to the influence of the criminal justice system on American civic life.

# # #

Comments are closed.

Close Search Window