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 has elected five distinguished scholars–Katherine Cramer, Eric Foner, Helen Milner, Mario Small, and Bruce Western–to be inducted as Fellows of the Academy in 2020. To mark the induction, these five scholars will participate in an online discussion.
The AAPSS partnered with the School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University to consider the issues of inequality and digital learning that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing researchers with expertise in those areas together with policy makers and educators in charge of schools and school systems. In a moderated research and practice seminar, the discussants addressed critical questions that should be priorities for the research community as practitioners seek evidence and advice, and considered what guidance extant research offers on mitigation of learning loss and the role of technology in schooling.
The featured discussants for the online seminar were Carl Cohn, Claremont Graduate University; Michael Feuer, George Washington University; Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania; Natalie Milman, George Washington University; and Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University.