Social science group elects three Princeton faculty

May 17, 2005 2:57 p.m.

Three Princeton faculty members have been elected to positions in the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Douglas Massey, professor of sociology and public and international affairs, was elected the academy's president. He will begin serving a three-year term in January 2006.

Paul DiMaggio
, professor of sociology, and Sara McLanahan, professor of sociology and public affairs, were named fellows of the academy.

Massey, who is a past president of the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America, was named a fellow of the academy in 2004.

The academy designates a group of fellows each year "to recognize and honor individual social scientists for their distinguished scholarship in the social sciences, sustained efforts to communicate that scholarship to audiences beyond their own discipline, and professional activities that promise to continue to promote the progress of the social sciences."

Each fellow is designated to a position named after a distinguished scholar and public servant who has written over the past century for the academy's bimonthly journal, The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science. DiMaggio was designated as the David Reisman Fellow and McLanahan as the James S. Coleman Fellow.

The academy, founded in 1889, seeks to promote the progress of the social sciences and the use of social science knowledge in the enrichment of public understanding and in the development of public policy. It has 300 members across the country.