American Academy of Social and Political Science

Cherlin and Duncan Join AAPSS Board

cherlin and duncanAndrew Cherlin of Johns Hopkins University and Greg Duncan of the University of California, Irvine have joined the AAPSS Board of Directors. Cherlin is the Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins, and Duncan is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at UC, Irvine. Cherlin and Duncan are also Fellows of the Academy, having been inducted in 2011 and 2014, respectively.

2015 Moynihan Prize Call for Nominations Open

moynihanAAPSS is inviting nominations for the 2015 Moynihan Prize, which honors public servants and scholars who champion the use of social science research and evidence in policymaking.

Individuals considered for the prize should have a career that demonstrates the value of informed judgment and sound analysis in advancing the public good. Past winners include Paul Volcker, William Julius Wilson, Diane Ravitch, and Joseph Stiglitz.

The Moynihan Prize recipient must be willing to accept the award in person at a ceremony to be held in May 2015 and must be willing to deliver a major public policy address on a topic of his/her choosing.

Letters of nomination must be submitted by September 26, 2014, to:

Tom Kecskemethy, Executive Director
American Academy of Political and Social Science
202 S. 36th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104�3806

2015 AAPSS Fellows Nominations Open

The Academy is now accepting nominations for outstanding scholars and public servants to join its cohort of Fellows in 2015. Current Fellows of the Academy are eligible to nominate colleagues, public leaders, and luminaries for this honor.  Fellows are selected in recognition of their individual scholarship and for the role they have had in advancing social science.  At this point, fellows are heavily concentrated in the northeastern U.S., so nominees from other regions and throughout the world are most welcome.

Please note that individual(s) nominated in 2011 (or prior) who have not been selected as a fellow need to be re-nominated. �Those nominated in 2012 and 2013 will still be considered this year.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 19, 2014. Email nominations to

Nominations should include the nominee�s CV or biographical statement and (most importantly) a letter of justification from you that builds on the nominee�s CV by indicating her/his unique contributions to scholarship and public policy and his/her standing among peers. Letters should include enough detail that colleagues in different fields can get a sense of the nominee�s professional and academic contributions.

AAPSS/Brookings Family Complexity Event

vol654The Brookings Institution will be hosting an AAPSS/Brookings seminar focused on the public policy implications of increasing family complexity. The July 2014 volume of The ANNALS, “Family Complexity, Poverty, and Public Policy” will be the centerpiece of the session, which will be held on November 20. As more details become available, they will be posted to Brooking’s website and that of the AAPSS.

Google Street View Used in New Study of Gentrification

sampsonAAPSS Fellow and Board Member Robert Sampson and Harvard doctoral student Jackelyn Hwang have just published a new study in American Sociological Review in which they used Google Street View to determine if gentrification of neighborhoods in Chicago was taking place. Hwang and Sampson then compared their “gentrification scores” to some of Sampson’s earlier work, done 20 years prior, to find out if the same neighborhoods were still gentrifying. Their findings indicated that neighborhood composition matters for gentrification�neighborhoods that had continued to gentrify were at least 35 percent white. For more on the study, visit the Boston Globe.

Coming Up in The ANNALS:

vol655In the September volume of The ANNALS, “The� Role of State Policy in Promoting College Access and Success,” special editors Laura W. Perna and Michael K. McLendon gather a group of scholars to offer theoretically grounded empirical analysis of the impact of public policy on higher education. The collection of articles examines the effects of state policy on student readiness for, participation in, and completion of college, in addition to college affordability. The authors also identify theoretical and methodological approaches for future research to help improve higher education attainment in the states.