Katz selected for Annual Fellows Award of Phi Beta Kappa
The Woodrow Wilson School's Stanley Katz was selected by Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) to receive the 2010 Annual Fellows Award. The award was presented to Katz on June 21, during the annual meeting of the Fellows of Phi Beta Kappa at the Harvard Club in Manhattan .
Affiliated with Princeton University for more than three decades, Katz is currently Lecturer with the rank of Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Director of the School's Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.
According to the PBK website, the award is given annually to an individual with demonstrated scholarly achievement and excellence in his or her chosen field who has exemplified the goals and ideals of PBK in work and life. Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, PBK is the oldest academic honor society in the U.S. Past recipients of the Fellows Award have included Pulitzer Prize winning author Eudora Welty, physician and researcher Jonas Salk, historian John Hope Franklin, author and activist Elie Wiesel, coloratura soprano and New York City Opera director Beverly Sills, composer Stephen Sondheim, Librarian of Congress James Billington, and Senator George Mitchell.
In response to receiving the Annual Fellows Award, Katz noted “ I felt honored and flattered to be given an award previously given to genuinely distinguished people. My mother was astonished when I was elected to PBK in college. She would have been really surprised by this award! ”
A native of Chicago, Katz received both his undergraduate and graduate education at Harvard University, earning a Ph.D. in American History in 1961.
Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, Katz is a scholar of American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and non-profit institutions. His most recent research focuses on the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy and the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime. He is the author or editor of fifteen books or book series, including the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States and the six-volume Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History; in addition Katz is the author or co-author of nearly one hundred articles, book chapters, and essays. Having served on a dozen editorial boards, he writes frequent commentaries in the Chronicle of Higher Education about current issues in the academy.
Katz is President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies. He has also served as President of the Organization of American Historians and the American Society for Legal History and as Vice President of the Research Division of the American Historical Association. Among his current positions, he is a commissioner of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Newberry Library and the Copyright Clearance Center; and Chair of the American Council of Learned Societies/Social Science Research Council Working Group on Cuba. He is also a member of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, the American Philosophical Society; a fellow of the American Society for Legal History, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Society of American Historians; a corresponding member of the Massachusetts Historical Society and an academico correspondiente of the Cuban Academy of Sciences.
Katz is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of American Historians, and the American Philosophical Society.