Recent Announcements and Headlines

Kenneth Pomeranz earns Dan David Prize for scholarship on East Asia

Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of Modern Chinese History and in the College, has been awarded the prestigious Dan David Prize for his studies of macro history, focusing on East Asia. Each year, the Dan David Foundation awards three $1 million prizes for innovative achievements in interdisciplinary research exploring the past, present, and future. Pomeranz  shares one of this year’s prizes with Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam of UCLA, who specializes in the early-modern period in India and whose work Pomeranz has long admired.

The Dan David Prize is endowed by the Dan David Foundation, which is headquartered at Tel Aviv University. Past UChicago winners have included Nobel laureate James Heckman (2016) and Visiting Professor Lorraine Daston (2018).

Professor Susan Goldin-Meadow delivered AAAS' 2019 McGovern Lecture

On Friday, February 15, Professor Susan Goldin-Meadow, the Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, will deliver the annual John McGovern Lecture at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Goldin-Meadow, who joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1976, is a member of the Department of Psychology, the Department of Comparative Human Development, and the Committee on Education in the Division of the Social Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. Her address was titled The Gestural Origins of Language and Thought

Four Social Sciences Faculty Receive Named/Distinguished Service Professorships

Of 15 faculty members university-wide, four were in the Division of the Social Sciences:

  • Fernando Alvarez was named the inaugural Saieh Family Professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and the College.
  • Elisabeth Clemens was named the William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology and the College.
  • Michael Greenstone was named the Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and the College.
  • Derek Neal has been named the William C. Norby Professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and the College.
Professor Azeem M. Shaikh named fellow of the Econometric Society

The Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics congratulates Azeem Shaikh on being named one of the Econometric Society's 22 new Fellows. Shaikh's recent research studies econometric theory; partial identification; multiple testing; resampling methods; and empirical likelihood.

2019 SSRC Faculty Seed Grant Program and Graduate Student Fellowship Recipients Announced

On DATE, the Division of the Social Sciences announced the 2019 recipients of the Faculty Seed Grant program and the Graduate Student Fellowships. Three projects were selected for funding through the seed grant initiative, which is in its second year. Eight PhD students were selected for fellowships through a competitive process; this newly launched program aims to provide a dedicated workspace in the Social Sciences Research Center and small research funds to students who are nearing completion of their dissertations.

Rebecca Sandefur, PhD’01, named MacArthur Fellow
Division to support Student Affinity Organizations

A new initiative in the SSD Dean of Students Office will support graduate student-created and -led SSD Student Affinity Organizations (SAOs). The Division will allocate resources to support groups formed around students’ academic and non-academic interests. These are modeled on similar programs in other units at the University and at peer institutions. They are designed to foster community-building and information-sharing among students with shared interests, experiences and challenges. Funding for SAOs can be used for academic, social, and cultural programming as well as activities that advance professional and personal development.

Division Celebrated 2018 Staff Milestones

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018 the Division of the Social Sciences celebrated the 2018 staff service milestones. These awards recognize staff who have worked for the division for 5 years, and every 5 multiple of five years.