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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Dec. 18, 2018) – The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished learned societies, will welcome five eminent scholars as Fellows of the Academy in 2019.

Raj Chetty, an economist whose innovative uses of “big data” has transformed our understanding of disadvantage and economic mobility among American youth. Chetty’s work on topics ranging from tax policy and unemployment insurance to education and affordable housing has been widely cited in academia, among policymakers and in the press. He is the William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics at Harvard University.

Kimberlé Crenshaw, a leading scholar of civil rights, renowned for her work as a theorist of race and gender in America.  Crenshaw introduced and developed the idea of intersectionality and is the founder of the African American Policy Forum.  She is a professor of law at Columbia Law School and at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Paul Krugman, an economist with expertise in trade and finance, and a columnist at the New York Times. Krugman received the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade theory.  He is a distinguished professor at the City University of New York and a Luxembourg Income Study Senior Scholar.

Nicholas Lemann, a prolific journalist and author whose whose work deepens understanding of American society. He has written for The Washington Post, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic Monthly, and was dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism from 2003 to 2013. He is currently dean emeritus of the Columbia University School of Journalism and director of Columbia World Projects.

Alondra Nelson, a social scientist who focuses on how biological science and its applications might reshape social understanding.  Nelson served as the inaugural dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she is a professor of sociology.  She is president of the Social Science Research Council.

Beginning in 2000, the AAPSS has inducted a new cohort of Fellows each year for their contributions to society through research and public service. Chetty, Crenshaw, Krugman, Lemann, and Nelson will officially join the Academy on the evening of October 3, 2019, in a ceremony in Washington, DC.

“The annual election of a small number of exceptionally distinguished scholars as Academy Fellows never fails to remind us that social science, at its best, is constantly expanding its knowledge base and, on that foundation, honoring its social responsibility as an agent of improvement,” said Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University and President of the AAPSS. “It is a pleasure to again celebrate this win-win moment in the life of the Academy.”

With the addition of the 2019 cohort, there will be 134 Fellows of the Academy. Most are university-based scholars responsible for research that has changed our understanding of human behavior and the world in which we live; others are public servants who have used research and evidence in institutions of government to improve the common good. For a complete list of AAPSS Fellows, visit

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The American Academy of Political and Social Science promotes the use of social science in the public domain and in policymaking. 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.


Tom Kecskemethy, Executive Director

The American Academy of Political and Social Science

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