NEWS 2012

White House, AAAS, and Other Honor IPR Faculty

Ten faculty recognized for their scholarship and leadership

Ten IPR faculty have received distinguished awards and honors recently, including three who were elected to one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished societies of “thinkers and doers,” and two who were recognized by President Barack Obama.

“These IPR faculty are all extraordinary researchers, mentors, and teachers,” said IPR Director Fay Lomax Cook, professor of human development and social policy. “They have all made superb contributions to their particular fields within the social sciences and are richly deserving of these honors.”

New AAAS Fellows | Guggenheim Fellows | Russell Sage Foundation Fellow | Hastings Center Fellow | Ascend Fellow | Radcliffe Institute Fellow

New AAAS Fellows

The three IPR faculty most recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) were political scientist James Druckman and social psychologists Alice Eagly and Shari Seidman Diamond, who is also a legal scholar. They join an incoming class of 220 fellows, who include Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, rock legend Paul McCartney, actor/director Clint Eastwood, and founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

Designated for their groundbreaking research, these three social scientists will contribute to the Academy, a national, independent center for policy research, in the areas of social policy, American institutions, the humanities, and education. They will be inducted on October 6 in Washington, D.C., bringing the number of IPR faculty who are academy fellows to 12.

James Druckman


James Druckman

James Druckman is a specialist in public opinion, political communi-cation, and experimental methodology. His recent work examines how citizens make political, economic, and social decisions, in particular through the use of framing, and he has been a leading voice for the use of experiments and better methodology in the field of political science.

In prior work, this IPR political scientist explored the relationship between citizens' preferences and public policy, and how political elites make decisions under varying institutional conditions. He currently edits Public Opinion Quarterly, one of the field’s leading journals, and the Chicago Studies in American Politics book series published by the University of Chicago Press.

Druckman, who is Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science, was also awarded a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship to expand his research exploring how public opinion shapes energy policy and technology. He has published more than 70 articles and book chapters in leading political science, communication, economic, and psychology journals. Numerous awards have recognized his scholarship, including 12 best paper awards. A Northwestern alumnus himself, he has also been honored for his efforts as a teacher and adviser to Northwestern undergraduates.

Alice Eagly

Alice Eagly
IPR social psychologist Alice Eagly’s research examines the psychology of gender. She has also contributed to theories of sex differences, similarities, the origins of sex differences in social behavior—and investigated the psychology of attitudes.

A recent stream of her research has examined women leaders and leadership roles, and was the subject of her seventh book, Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders (Harvard Business School Press, 2007) with Linda Carli. Eagly also authored the seminal The Psychology of Attitudes (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993) with Shelly Chaiken, in addition to co-editing two widely cited books, The Social Psychology of Group Identity and Social Conflict (APA Books, 2004) and The Psychology of Gender (Guilford Press, 2nd ed., 2004).

Eagly, who is James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of many awards, including the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Social Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation in 2009, and most recently, the 2011 Raymond A. Katzell Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Shari Seidman Diamond
Shari Seidman Diamond, an IPR associate and Howard J. Trienens Professor of Law, is one of the foremost empirical researchers on jury process and legal decision-making, including the use of science by the courts.

The author and co-author of more than 100 articles and essays in law reviews and behavioral science journals, her publications on juries and surveys have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as other federal and state courts.

Diamond has lectured widely to scholarly and judicial audiences and has served as an expert witness in American and Canadian courts. Among her other honors are the 2010 Harry Kalven Jr. Award from the Law and Society Association for her contributions to research in law and society and the 1991 American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy. As a research professor and member of the American Bar Association’s American Jury Project, she helped draft the Principles for Juries and Jury Trials adopted in 2005. She currently serves on the 7th Circuit Committee on Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions.

Guggenheim Fellows

Steven Epstein

 Sociologist and IPR associate Steven Epstein, the John C. Shaffer Professor in the Humanities, was named a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, a mid-career fellowship that recognizes scholars for their prolific scholarship, as was James Druckman (see his bio above). Epstein studies the “politics of knowledge”—more specifically, the contested production of expert knowledge, especially biomedical knowledge, with an emphasis on the interplay of social movements, experts, and health institutions. He leads Northwestern’s Science in Human Culture Program and co-convenes the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN). The fellowship will allow him to continue work on his book project,  “Sexual Health As Buzzword,” which will detail the origins of the term “sexual health” and the effects of its various uses.

Russell Sage Foundation Fellow


Lincoln Quillan

IPR social demographer Lincoln Quillian has been awarded a Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship. He will join 20 other fellows at the foundation’s headquarters in New York as a visiting scholar in the fall. Most of Quillian’s research focuses on how social structure and group demography influence inequality and intergroup attitudes, with special emphasis on race and ethnicity. While in New York, he will work on a research project that examines the causes of racial and economic segregation in American cities. The project aims to develop models to better understand the forces that guide individual residential decisions related to neighborhoods and how these decisions aggregate to produce neighborhoods with specific economic and racial compositions.  

Hastings Center Fellow

Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy Roberts, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, is one of 40 scholars in the humanities elected as a Hastings Center Fellow. This IPR fellow studies the influence of gender, race, and class in legal issues related to bioethics, reproduction, and child welfare. Her most recent book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2011), examines how race is a political, not biological, category with significant biological consequences because of the impact of social inequality on people’s health.

Ascend Fellow


P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale.

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, an IPR developmental psychologist, has been recognized as one of the 20 inaugural Ascend Fellows by the Aspen Institute. An expert on the interface between research and social policy for children and families, she joins a select group of leaders and researchers from around the nation who are pioneering dual-generation approaches to move families out of poverty. She and her colleagues are rolling out a $2 million longitudinal study of CareerAdvance®, a healthcare work force development program designed to aid low-income parents of young children who are enrolled in early childhood education centers.

Radcliffe Institute Fellow

Hector Carrillo

Sociology and gender studies professor and IPR associate Héctor Carrillo has been named a 2012-13 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Carrillo's research focuses on the ethnographic study of sexuality and HIV prevention in Latino populations in the United States and Mexico. He co-convenes the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) and is the author of The Night is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS (University of Chicago Press, 2002), which received the Ruth Benedict Prize from the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association. While at the institute, he will work on a book project examining social context, sexual migration, and the Mexican gay diaspora.

White House Honors


Larry Hedges

IPR statistician and education researcher Larry Hedges has been nominated to the National Board for Education Sciences. This board is part of the Institute of Education Sciences and consists of 15 voting members selected by the president. Hedges is a leading researcher in educational statistics and evaluation who is best known for his work developing statistical methods for meta-analysis in the social, medical, and biological sciences. He is Board of Trustees Professor in Statistics and Social Policy. 
NCLB speakers
Teresa Woodruff

Oncofertility specialist Teresa Woodruff, an IPR associate, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in a White House ceremony on December 12. This award recognizes Woodruff for her efforts to encourage and mentor Chicago high school girls, particularly disadvantaged African Americans and Latinas, to pursue careers in science and health. The young women can study at four different Northwestern-sponsored academies: cardiology, physical science, infectious disease, and oncofertility. She is Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Fertility Preservation.