As we conclude this challenging but successful academic year, I am pleased to share recent Division news, research findings, publications, and faculty and student accolades in this issue of Dialogo. Faculty, students, and staff have worked tirelessly throughout the last 15 months to continue our work across the social sciences, and I am immensely grateful for the ongoing support and interest of alumni and friends like you who help make our successes possible.

Among the many examples of recent achievements, Karin Knorr Cetina, the Otto Borchert Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology, has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Susan Stokes, the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science, has been awarded a Carnegie Fellowship. Ufuk Akcigit, the Arnold C. Harberger Professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics; Guanglei Hong, Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development; and Tara Zahra, Homer J. Livingston Professor in the Department of History, have been named 2021-22 Guggenheim Fellows.

As we reacclimate to gathering in-person, I invite you to join us via livestream for our diploma ceremony on Friday, June 11, at 3:00 PM CDT. This ceremony marks an exciting and important milestone for our graduate students and their friends and family as well as for the entire SSD community of scholars.

As the University announced in mid-March, faculty, students, and staff will return to in-person activities for Autumn Quarter. Division and University working groups are currently focused on making a full return to campus both possible and safe. I look forward to sharing further news about our return to campus in the coming months. In the meantime, please keep up-to-date on our latest news and accomplishments by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

With best wishes,

Amanda Woodward
Dean, Division of the Social Sciences
William S. Gray Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology