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American Academy Appoints 2005 Class of Visiting Scholars


Press Release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Eight scholars, representing institutions in five states and the District of Columbia, have been awarded fellowships for the 2005-2006 academic year at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy’s Visiting Scholars Program supports promising scholars and practitioners in the early stages of their careers – both post-doctoral fellows and untenured junior faculty – who show potential of becoming leaders in the humanities and social sciences.

This year’s scholars are studying topics including social policy, history, literature, visual arts, science and global security. They include Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, a preservation archaeologist at the Center for Desert Archaeology in Tucson, Arizona; Jenny Davidson, assistant professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University; Elizabeth Lyman, Harvard University assistant professor of English & American literature and language; Jennifer Marshall, postdoctoral scholar in art history at the University of California, Los Angeles; Jason Puskar, post-doctoral scholar in English at Harvard University; Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, assistant professor of history at the University of Miami; Sarah Song, assistant professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Sharon Weiner, assistant professor of U.S. foreign policy at American University’s School of International Service.

“Fellowships in the humanities and social sciences are limited,” said Academy Chief Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz. “The Visiting Scholars Program offers an opportunity for newer scholars to engage in interdisciplinary studies of complex social and intellectual issues. The ability to interact with Academy Fellows, who bring an unparalleled wealth of knowledge from diverse scholarly and professional backgrounds, also provides a unique intergenerational opportunity for Visiting Scholars.”

Launched in 2002, the Visiting Scholars Program is chaired by James Carroll, author, historian, Boston Globe columnist and Academy Fellow. The fellowships combine the scholars’ individual research with participation in the many ongoing programs and activities at the Academy. In addition, a major archival initiative, launched in conjunction with the Academy’s 225th anniversary, will make available historical records that capture firsthand perspectives of the nation’s academic, political and business leaders since its founding.

Members of the first three classes of Visiting Scholars have secured teaching and research positions at Boston, Case Western Reserve, Columbia, Harvard, Northwestern and Yale universities. They have also published a number of books and articles.

Guidelines and application forms for the Visiting Scholars Program are available on the Academy’s website:

The Academy’s University Affiliates, a group of nearly 50 colleges and universities from throughout the country, provide support and guidance for the VSP. Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Annenberg Foundation, the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation and the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation also provide funding for the program. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Current Academy research focuses on: science and global security; social policy; the humanities and culture; and education. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Academy’s work is advanced by its 4,600 elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business and public affairs from around the world. (


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