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2020 AAPSS Fellows Induction: Can Democracy Survive Growing Inequality?
January 14, 2021, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Each year, AAPSS invites a small group of outstanding scholars/public servants to join the Academy as Fellows. Fellows are elected in recognition of their contributions to advancement of the social sciences. Each Fellowship is named after a distinguished scholar or civic leader who has contributed to The ANNALS. Reflecting the broad and interdisciplinary nature of the Academy, Fellows include sociologists, political scientists, psychologists and economists, as well as scholars and practitioners in communications, education, government, and public policy.
The AAPSS Board elected five distinguished scholars–Katherine Cramer, Eric Foner, Helen Milner, Mario Small, and Bruce Western–to be inducted as Fellows of the Academy in its 2020 cohort. To mark the induction, these five scholars participated in an online discussion on the topic, Can Democracy Survive Growing Inequality?
The discussion took stock of the current state of racial and socioeconomic inequality in the United States and around the world, and suggested public policy opportunities for the Biden administration. How did we arrive at our current state of racial and socioeconomic inequality, and how can we understand this moment in historical context? How does inequality destabilize American democracy, and has it exacerbated political instability around the world?
Our 2020 Fellow panelists made brief presentations that both touched on these themes and discussed public policy opportunities for the Biden administration. The discussion can be viewed here.