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Former Fellows News, Summer 2017

Jul 25 2017

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In early June, 2017, we put out a call via email for news and many of you responded. Did you not receive the email? Do you have news about your activities and accomplishments not included below? Please contact us at so we can share interesting news about you* with the CASBS community in the next newsletter.

*By “you” we mean all of you – former fellows, visiting scholars, consulting scholars, research affiliates, and board members!

And please keep-up with all CASBS-related news, big and small, by following our Twitter feed. You don’t need a Twitter account – we’ve embedded our Twitter feed for viewing on the CASBS web site home page.


2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow: Diana Mutz (1999-2000)

2017 Guggenheim Fellows: Gil Eyal (2007-08) and Adela Pinch (2003-04)

2017 American Economic Association Distinguished Fellows: James Heckman (1978-79) and Charles Manski (1992-93)

2017 Elected Members, American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Roberta Klatzky (1982-83), Pamela Grossman (2006-07), Bjorn Wittrock (1998-99), John Russell Rickford (1990-91), Alan Garber (1992-93)

2017 Elected Members, American Philosophical Society: Orley Ashenfelter (1989-90), Claude Fischer (1986-87), David Hollinger (1984-85), Beth Simmons (2002-03), Lorraine Jenifer Daston (1989-90)

2017 Elected Members, National Academy of Sciences: John Hagan (2017-18), Donald Kinder (1986-87), Robert Seyfarth (1983-84). Press releases, respectively, from Northwestern University, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania.

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Michael Anderson (2012-13) has accepted the Rotman Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science at Western University in London, Ontario.

Alfredo Artiles (2008-09), dean of the Graduate College at Arizona State University, was appointed Honorary Professor by the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, U.K. (2016-19). He is also co-recipient of the 2017 Review of Research Award from the American Educational Research Association, “in recognition of an outstanding review of research article appearing in the Review of Research in Education and the Review of Educational Research.

In 2017, Anthony Bebbington (1998-99), the Higgins Professor of Environment and Society at Clark University, will begin a five-year term as Australian Laureate Fellow, courtesy of the Australian Research Council, at the University of Melbourne. In late 2016 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Oxfam America.

Trinity University’s Carolyn Becker (2011-12) has been named a 2017 Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

Paul Blanc (2013-14), Endowed Chair in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at UCSF, will discuss his book Fake Silk: The Hidden Story of a Workplace Tragedy (highlighted in the winter 2017 CASBS newsletter) at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco in August.

Clayman Institute for Gender Research director Shelley Correll (2015-16) was featured on the cover (and cover story) of the April 2017 issue of The Atlantic (bottom right in image). Correll was co-presenter at a January 2017 CASBS symposium on “Women in Tech: Where Have We Seen Progress? Where are We Stuck?” Correll’s work also is featured in a Harvard Business Review article on how gender bias corrupts performance reviews. Anchored by William Christian and Gábor Klaniczay (both 2003-04), The Vision Thing convened for a ten-year reunion in Budapest from July 2-5, 2017. The group so named first met in 2007 as a summer seminar, ignited at CASBS when then-CASBS director Dough McAdam suggested that the two organize a weekend seminar on visions. Scholars from Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and the U.S. attended the 2017 workshop, supported by the Central European University. View a book produced from a previous The Vision Thing workshop here.

“Education for Sale? School Choice and the Future of American Education,” written by Linda Darling-Hammond (1997-98, 2006-07), appeared in the The Nation in March 2017.

Michael Dawson (1996-97), the John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, is the first recipient of the Hanes Walton, Jr. Award for Career Achievement in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Research from the American Political Science Association.


John Donohue (2000-01), the C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law at Stanford University, has garnered a lot of media attention – including The Atlantic, Newsweek, and others  -- from a study finding that states with right-to-carry concealed handgun laws experience increases in violent crime.

The latest book by Amitai Etzioni (1965-66), University Professor at The George Washington University, is Avoiding War with China: Two Nations, One World (Univ. of Virginia Press, 2017).

Deliberative Polling, first proposed and developed at CASBS by James Fishkin (1987-88, 2001-02) and used in 27 countries, now is required by law for constitutional amendments in Mongolia. Coverage here and here. Fishkin is the Janet M. Peck Professor in International Communication at Stanford.


The new book by Ilana Gershon (2013-14) – partially completed at CASBS – is Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (Or Don’t Find) Work Today (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2017).

The latest book by James T. Hamilton (2007-08), the Hearst Professor of Communication at Stanford, is Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism (Harvard Univ. Press, 2016). The book was the subject of a Columbia Journalism Review feature.

The forthcoming book from Victor Davis Hanson (1992-93) is The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict was Fought and Won (Basic Books, 2017).

Trudier Harris (1989-90), University Distinguished Professor at the University of Alabama, was selected to deliver the ceremonial UA Last Lecture. As winner, Harris spoke on “Creative Watchfulness: A Literary Guide to Saving Yourself in an Increasingly Non-Human World.

Robert Mason Hauser (1977-78) was elected as the Executive Officer of the American Philosophical Society. Read the APS press release here.

Michael Heller (2004-05), the Lawrence A. Wien Professor of Real Estate Law at Columbia University, is co-author of the new book The Choice Theory of Contracts (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2017).

In June, Guillermina Jasso (1999-2000), Silver Professor at New York University, delivered a keynote address – “Common Good, Self-Interest, and the Sense of Justice” – at the Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association in Zurich.

The just-released book by Tomás Jiménez (2012-13) – started while at CASBS – is The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life (Univ. of California Press, 2017).


There are two new collections of writings by Herbert Kelman (1954-55, 1966-67) – a member of the first CASBS class. The first is Resolving Deep-Rooted Conflicts: Essays on the Theory and Practice of Interactive Problem-Solving, edited by Werner Wintersteiner and Wilfried Graf (Routledge, 2017). The second is Herbert C. Kelman: A Pioneer in the Social Psychology of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, edited by Kelman and Ronald J. Fisher (Springer, 2016). A third, Transforming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: From Mutual Negation to Reconciliation, edited by Philip Mattar and Neil Caplan (Routledge), is scheduled for release in 2018.

Michael Kirst (1980-81), now President of the California State Board of Education, received the James A. Kelly Award for Advancing Accomplished Teaching from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Read the NBPTS press release here.

The new book from Nancy Kollman (2011-12) is The Russian Empire, 1450-1801 (Oxford Univ. Press, 2017). Profile here. Also, the Russian translation of Kollman’s 2012 book Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Russia was published in 2016 by a leading press in Moscow, Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie.

Melvin Konner (1986-87) is one of four behavioral scientists – including 2003-04 CASBS fellow Alison Gopnik – contributing to the Wall Street Journal’s “Mind and Matter” column. Can’t deal with WSJ’s pay wall? You can read all of Konner’s column’s here.

Gloria Ladson-Billings (2003-04) has been elected President of the National Academy of Education. University of Wisconsin press release here.

Melissa Lane (2012-13), the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton University, became director of Princeton’s University Center for Human Values in 2016.

Chengyang Li (2015-16) won a major grant from Singapore’s Social Science Research Council for “Developing a Contemporary Theory of Harmony.” It’s the council’s first-ever award for a project in the humanities.

The paperback edition of the Michael Maccoby (1968-69) book Strategic Alliance: Conceptual Tools for Leading Change (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015) will be released in August 2017.

The startup founded by NYU neuroscientist Gary Marcus (2002-03), Geometric Intelligence, was acquired by Uber in December 2016.

Have you been reading the Why Social Science? blog series by the Consortium of Social Science Associations? Oh you should. It recently re-posted a piece by Paul Milgrom (1991-92, 1998-99) on how social science research can lead to unexpected discoveries.


“What Kind of Encore Do You Want?” That’s the question Phyllis Moen (2015-16) addresses in her essay published on Oxford University Press’s website as an encore to her 2016 book Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal, and Purpose – completed during her CASBS fellowship.

The latest book by Gary Saul Morson (1996-97), the Lawrence B. Dumas Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University, co-authored with Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, is Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities (Princeton Univ. Press, 2017). Morson’s CASBS year “eventually” led to the book, as he describes in a story near the book’s beginning. Read a profile of the book in the Times Higher Education.

Carol Nadelson (1991-92), professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, received the 2017 Hutchison Medal from Rochester University, in recognition of outstanding achievement and notable service by an alumnus.

Dina Okamoto (2011-12) has been appointed as the Class of 1948 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor at Indiana University. Okamoto also will be a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York in 2017-18, where she will work on completing a book on diversity, trust, and civic engagement.

The latest book from David R. Olson (1983-84), University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, is The Mind on Paper: Reading, Consciousness and Rationality (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2016).

Thomas Pettigrew (1975-76), research professor of social psychology at University of California, Santa Cruz, received the Centennial Medal from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for his work in racial relations and in recognition of a “significant contribution to society as a result of graduate education at Harvard.”

In addition to her 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (see above), Adela Pinch (2003-04) will be a 2017-18 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Alvin Plantinga (1968-69) is winner of the 2017 Templeton Prize, worth $1.4 million. His early works are credited for putting “theistic belief back on the philosophical agenda.” The prize is “one of the world's largest annual awards given to an individual and honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.”


The latest book by Albert Raboteau (1986-87) is American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice (Princeton Univ. Press, 2016).

Barbara Risman (2015-16) received the 2017 Distinguished Professor Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Archaeology and History of Colonial Mexico: Mixing Epistemologies (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2016), the book by Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría (2010-11) that we highlighted in the winter 2017 CASBS newsletter, received an Honorable Mention in scholarly book award category from the Society for American Archaeology. Says Rodríguez-Alegría, “I am thankful to CASBS for the incredible year that I spent there, and especially to Iris Litt, who was director at the time and who was quite inspirational to all the fellows. Thank you, CASBS, for the opportunity!”

A new video, “Learning to Collaborate and Collaborating to Learn,” by Barbara Rogoff (1988-89, 2006-07), the UCSC Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, focuses on the sophisticated collaboration of Mexican-heritage and Indigenous American children. It was voted #2 out of 171 videos in the National Science Foundation’s Video Showcase, receiving more than 9,000 views so far.

The latest book by Walter Scheidel (2007-08) highlighted in the winter 2017 CASBS newsletter, The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (Princeton Univ. Press, 2017), continues to attract a lot of media attention, including from the Washington Post and The Boston Globe. See the winter 2017 CASBS newsletter for more media links.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes (1987-88), Chancellor’s Professor of Medical Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley, is a 2017 Summer Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, where she is completing her book The Ghosts of Montes de Oca: A Buried Subtext of Argentina’s Dirty War (Univ. of North Carolina Press, forthcoming). She also recently published “Anthropologists as Court Jester: Civil Disobedience and the People’s Café” in Boom California.

Daniel Segal (1998-99) has been awarded a Fulbright Program Research Scholarship to conduct research in Brazil’s norther Amazon region. The project, “When the State Came to Town,” examines the increased presence of the federal state in Roraima, following its 1988 transition in status from a territory to a state within Brazil. Press release here.

Ninety-six-year-old Hansjakob Seiler (1965-66) remains active in linguistic inquiry – the proof lies in his website…provided you read German. Says Seiler, “The impetus that I received during that wonderful [CASBS] year is still alive with me.”

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco (1992-93), the Wasserman Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles, delivered a keynote at the Vatican, “The Drivers of Mass Migration and the Refugee Crisis – Political, Economic, Environmental,” at the Vatican as part of the Third Ethics in Action Meeting in May 2017. You can read an abbreviated version of the keynote here.

The next in a series of books from three-timer Robert I Sutton (1986-87, 1994-95, 2002-03) is The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). It follows his best seller – started at CASBS – The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t (Business Plus, 2007). Read all things Bob Sutton here.


We highlighted the new book by Deborah Tannen (1992-93, 2012-13), You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships (Random House, 2017), in the winter 2017 CASBS newsletter. Since then the book has received extensive coverage in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and other media outlets. Tannen also has written accompanying essays in The New York Times, Time, New York Magazine, and The Atlantic.

The new book co-edited by Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez (1993-94), Regents Professor and Motorola Presidential Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization at Arizona State University, is The U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region: Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions (Univ. of Arizona Press, 2017).

Alison Wylie (1995-96) has accepted a Canada Research Chair in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. More about the program here.