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Two Woodrow Wilson School Faculty Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Apr 18, 2019
Jamie Saxon
Office of Communications

Two faculty members from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have been elected to the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professors Kathryn Edin and Sara McLanahan are among more than 200 leaders in academia, the arts, business, government and public affairs elected this year in recognition of their respective fields. They will be inducted at a ceremony in October in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Edin, professor of sociology and public affairs and co-director of the Center for Research on Child Well-being, is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. She is the author of eight books including $2 a Day: The Art of Living on Virtually Nothing in America,” co-authored with Luke Shaefer.

McLanahan is the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and director of the Center for Research on Child Well-Being. She is a principal investigator of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study and editor-in-chief of The Future of Children, a journal dedicated to providing research and analysis to promote effective policies and programs for children. She was elected to the American Academy of Political Science in 2005, the National Academy of Sciences in 2011 and the American Philosophical Society in 2016.

See the full list of Princeton faculty and alumni elected to AAS here.

Founded in 1780, the academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists and innovators and engages them in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world. The academy’s projects and publications generate ideas and offer recommendations to advance the public good in the arts, citizenship, education, energy, government, the humanities, international relations, science and more.