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Honors and awards

Recent faculty honors and awards
New faculty chairs
Promotions to tenure

Recent faculty honors and awards

Institute Professor of Linguistics Noam Chomsky was awarded an honorary degree from McGill University.

David Mayer Epstein, Professor Emeritus and Senior Lecturer in the Music and Theater Arts Section, was appointed Senior Fellow of the Arts and Humanities.

Class of 1949 Professor of Music Ellen T. Harris was awarded membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Bengt R. Holmstrom, Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics, received an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics.

William R. Kenan Professor of History Pauline Maier received the MIT Killian Faculty Achievement Award for outstanding achievements in professional scholarship, teaching, and Institute service. Professor Maier also was awarded membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

David Mindell, Frances and David Dibner Assistant Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing, was awarded the 1998 Usher Prize for his article on the USS Monitor.

Shigeru Miyagawa, Professor of Linguistics and Japanese and Kochi Prefecture-John Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, was honored with the International Cultural Award from the Foundation for Promotion of Traditional Costumes.

Professor of Linguistics Wayne O'Neil was awarded the George Watson Fellowship from the University of Queensland.

Kenneth Oye, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies, received the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award.

Literature Professor Ruth Perry was elected president of the American Society for 18th-Century Studies.

Professor of Linguistics David Pesetsky was appointed to the advisory committee for the Directorate of Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation.

Michael Piore, David W. Skinner Professor of Political Economy, received an honorary doctorate from the Université des Science et Technologies de Lille in France.

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and MacVicar Fellow Margery Resnick of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Section was elected president of the International Institute in Spain.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Ralph N. Wedgwood was awarded the Humanities Center Fellowship sponsored by the National Endowment for Humanities and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Nicolas Wey-Gomez was appointed Senior Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT and an NEH Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island.


New faculty chairs

Department of Linguistics and Philosophy

Assistant Professor Alexander Byrne The Class of 1947 Career Development Professorship

Literature Section

Professor Henry Jenkins III The Ann Fetter Friedlaender Professorship in the Humanities

Music and Theater Arts Section

Assistant Professor James K. Makubuya The Class of 1948 Career Development Professorship

Program in Science, Technology, and Society

Assistant Professor Jessica Riskin The Leo Marx Career Development Professorship in the History and Culture of Science and Technology

Department of Political Science

Assistant Professor Stuart White The Class of 1957 Career Development Professorship


Promotions to tenure

James Buzard
Associate Professor of Literature

Michael Kremer
Professor of Economics

Anne E. C. McCants
Associate Professor of History

Elizabeth A. Wood
Associate Professor of History



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