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50 years: SHASS timeline

Seven notables contemplate the state of humanities, arts, and social sciences at MIT and beyond.

Donald Blackmer

David Epstein

Morris Halle

Bruce Mazlish

Travis Rhodes Merritt

Paul A. Samuelson

Judith Jarvis Thomson



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Recent faculty honors and awards
New faculty chairs
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Recent faculty honors and awards

Susan Athey, Castle Krob Career Development Associate Professor of Economics, was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship and a National Hoover Fellowship.

Professor of Economics Abhijit Banerjee was awarded a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Professor of Music Peter Child was commissioned by the New England Conservatory of Music to write a new work for the 2000 Spring Festival and by the Harvard Musical Association to write a new work for violist and MIT Professor of Music Marcus Aurelius Thompson and his frequent collaborator, pianist Judith Gordon.

Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor of Linguistics, was awarded the Dorothy Eldridge Peacemaker Award from New Jersey Peace Action and honorary doctorates from Harvard University, Scuola Normale Superiore, in Italy, the University of Toronto, and the University of Western Ontario.

Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies Emma Teng Chung was awarded the 2001 J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities.

Professor of French Studies Isabelle de Courtivron was honored with the Distinguished Alumnae Award by Brown University at its 2000 Commencement.

Professor of Writing Anita Desai was awarded the Alberto Moravia Prize.

Institute Professor of Music John Harbison was awarded the 2000 Harvard Arts Medal in the Arts.

Evelyn Fox Keller, professor of history and philosophy of science, was awarded a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship and honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from New School University in New York.

Boyce Rensberger, director of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program, was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science, was awarded a Bellagio Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation.

Institute Professor of Economics Emeritus Paul A. Samuelson received the John R. Commons Award from Fordham University.

Professor of Political Science and Economics James Snyder was awarded funding for his research project, "An Informational Rationale for Political Parties," from the Political Science Program of the National Science Foundation.

Robert M. Solow, Institute Professor of Economics Emeritus, received the National Medal of Science, as well as an honorary doctorate from New York University.

Professor of Philosophy Judith Jarvis Thomson was selected to give the Tanner Lectures at Princeton University.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Ralph Wedgwood was awarded the Jean Hampton Prize from the American Philosophical Association for his paper, "Another Answer to the Knave."


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Department of Economics

Professor Ricardo J. Cabellero The Ford International Professorship.

Program in Science, Technology and Society

Professor Sherry Turkle
The Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professorship.

Department of Political Science

Associate Professor David Woodruff
The Ford Career Development Professorship.


Faculty promotions
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Daron Acemoglu
Professor of Economics

Edward J. Hall
Associate Professor of Philosophy

David A. Mindell
Frances and David Dibner Associate Professor of the
History of Engineering and Manufacturing

David Woodruff
Associate Professor of Political Science

Cheryl Zoll
Associate Professor of Linguistics


Promotions to tenure

Dora Costa
Associate Professor of Economics


Appointments to senior lecturer

Ellen Crocker
Senior Lecturer in German


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