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Spring 2003

Spring 2003

Rethinking culture

In a conversation with soundings, Professor John Dower discusses how his concept of cultural analysis has shifted during his career.


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Honors & awards

Honors & awards

Joshua Angrist, Professor of Economics, and James M. Poterba, Mitsui Professor of Economics, will be delivering named lectures at the Royal Economic Society meetings. Professor Angrist will deliver the J. Denis Sargan Lecture, and Professor Poterba will deliver the Frank Hahn Lecture.

Professor of Political Science Stephen D. Ansolabehere and Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Economics James M. Snyder, Jr., have received an award from the National Science Foundation for their research project titled "Parties, Factions, and Incumbency in State and Federal Elections, 1870–2000."

Professor of Political Science Thomas J. Christensen was chosen to receive the U.S. Department of State, Secretary's Open Forum, Distinguished Public Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to International and National Affairs.

Institute Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Noam Chomsky, was honored with the following this year: Peace Award given by the Turkish Publishers Association in Istanbul; Award given by Kurdish Human Rights Association of Diyarbakir; Peace Award, St. Thomas of Villanova, Villanova University; and Honorary Fellow, Literary and Historical Society, Dublin.

Peter Diamond, Institute Professor, Professor of Economics, was named President of the American Economic Association.

John W. Dower, Elting E. Morison Professor of History, won the Osaragi Jiro Rondan Special Prize for the Japanese translation version of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II.

Castle Krob Career Development Associate Professor of Economics Esther Duflo received the Elaine Bennett Research Prize for outstanding research in economics by a woman at the beginning of her career from the American Economic Association.

Professor of History and Urban Studies Robert Fogelson's book Downtown: Its Rise and Fall, 1880–1950 was honored by the Urban History Association with its annual prize for Best Book in North American Urban History published in 2001.

Class of 1949 Professor of Music Ellen Harris received the Otto Kinkeldey Award by the American Musicological Association for her work Handel as Orpheus: Voice and Desire in the Chamber Cantatas. Professor Harris won the 25th Annual Louis Gottschalk Prize of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Professor Harris has also been accepted as a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton during the spring of 2004.

Mark Harvey, Lecturer in Music, and Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music, have been chosen by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) as award recipients.

Distinguished Visiting Professor of the History of Technology in the Program in STS Thomas P. Hughes was elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Leo Marx, Kenan Professor Emeritus of American Cultural History in the Program in STS, was honored with the Leonardo Da Vinci Medal, the highest recognition from the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT).

Shigeru Miyagawa, Kochi Prefecture—John Manjiro Professor in Japanese Language and Culture, and Professor of Linguistics and Japanese, was selected by Converge magazine as one of the twenty "Shapers of the Future."

Sendhil Mullainathan, Mark Hyman, Jr. Career Development Associate Professor of Economics, was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Boyce Rensberger, Director, Knight Science Journalism Fellowships, was honored by the American Chemical Society where he received the James T. Grady—James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry to the Public.

Assistant Professor of Music Brian Robison was awarded a research grant from the Paul Sacher Foundation.

Edward Baron Turk, Professor of French Studies and Film, was awarded the French Film Critics Association Prize for Best Book by a Foreign Author, honoring the new French edition of his book Child of Paradise: Marcel Carné and the Golden Age of French Cinema.

Rosalind H. Williams, Robert M. Metcalfe Professor of Writing and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, was elected vice-president of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) and will become SHOT's president in two years.

Professor of Philosophy Stephen Yablo was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.



Faculty Promotions
(effective July 1, 2003)

Dora Costa
Professor: Economics

Deborah Fitzgerald
Professor: Program in Science, Technology, and Society

Guido Kuersteiner
Associate Professor: Economics

Daniel Fox
Associate Professor: Linguistics and Philosophy

Norvin Richards
Associate Professor: Linguistics and Philosophy

Jonathan Rodden
Associate Professor: Political Science

Christine Walley
Associate Professor: Anthropology

James Cain
Associate Professor: Literature

Promotions to Tenure
(effective February 1, 2003)

Sendhil Mullainathan
Associate Professor: Economics



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