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Professor Andrew Walder elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

It is a great pleasure to announce that Andrew Walder, Denise O'Leary & Kent Thiry Professor has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the nation's most prestigious honorary socities, and an independent policy research center that conducts multi-disciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy's elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs, and contribute to academy publications and studies of science and tehcnology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institution, the humanities and culture, and education.

While serving as Chair and Professor of Sociology, Andy is also the Sakurako & William Fisher Family Director of the Division of ICA (International Comparative and Area Studies). He is also a Senior Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. A political sociologist, Andy has long specialized on the sources of conflict, stability and change in communist regimes and their successor states. He has remained a very active scholar even while leading ICA, and has authored several publications during his tenure with us, including the award-winning Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement (Harvard University PRess, 2009), "Revolution, Reform, and Status Inheritance: Urban China 1949-1996," in American Journal of Sociology (2009), and "Political Sociology and Social Movements," in Annual Review of Sociology (2009).

Andy and other members of the 2012 American Academy of Arts and Sciences will be inducted at a ceremony on October 6.


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