Leslie Cohen Berlowitz

American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Cambridge, MA
Academic administrator; Learned society administrator; Literary scholar
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Scientific, Cultural, and Nonprofit Leadership

Leslie Cohen Berlowitz is the former President and William T. Golden Chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She oversaw the Academy’s five research areas: science and technology policy; global security; social policy and American institutions; the humanities and culture; and education. She established two residential fellowship programs for young scholars: the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy and the Visiting Scholars Program. She was also a member of the committee that prepared the Academy’s 2008 report, ARISE: Advancing Research In Science and Engineering: Investing in Early-Career Scientists and High-Risk, High-Reward Research. Her publications include “Reflecting on the Humanities,” Dædalus (with Patricia Meyer Spacks, 2009); Restoring Trust in American Business (with Jay W. Lorsch and Andy Zelleke, 2005); Greenwich Village: Culture and Counterculture (with Richard Eric Beard, 1990); and America in Theory (with Denis Donoghue and Louis Menand, 1988). Before joining the Academy in 1996, she was Vice President for Academic Advancement at New York University. A Fellow of the American Academy, she was named an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Northeastern University in May 2011. She was a member of the Public Sector Leadership Initiative Advisory Board of The Brookings Institution.

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