2015 Faculty and Student Honors


Seven IPR faculty were named to the 2015–16 Faculty and Administration Honor Roll by Northwestern University’s Associated Student Government (ASG): social psychologist and IPR associate Eli Finkel, economist and IPR associate Lee Lockwood, IPR political scientist Wesley Skogan, IPR statistician Bruce Spencer, journalism scholar and IPR associate Charles Whitaker, and professor of human development and social policy and IPR associate Carol Lee.

Communication studies researcher and IPR associate Eszter Hargittai’s article, “Digital Na(t)ives? Variation in Internet Skills and Uses Among Members of the ‘Net Generation’” was one of The American Sociological Association’s top-cited journal articles between 2010-14, with 543 citations.


IPR anthropologist Thomas McDade has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the nation's leading scientific communities.

IPR economist Burton Weisbrod delivered the keynote address at the opening plenary of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s 2015 Conference on November 19.

IPR economist Charles Manski presented at the Third International Monetary Fund Statistical Forum in Frankfurt, Germany, on November 19.

Communication studies researcher and IPR associate Eszter Hargittai gave the keynote address at the national conference of the American Association of School Librarians in Columbus, Ohio, on November 7. She spoke about the myth of the "digital native" and the importance of librarians in making sure students grow up digitally savvy.

IPR economist Jonathan Guryan was named co-chair of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab’s State and Local Innovation Initiative. The initiative will encourage new research projects across a wide range of social issues including crime, education, employment, health, and housing.


IPR education researcher and statistician Larry Hedges, who received last year’s Sells Award for lifetime achievement from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP), presented on ”Recent Developments in Multivariate Meta-Analysis” at SMEP's annual meeting on October 17.

IPR anthropologist Thomas McDade was named Carlos Montezuma Professor of Anthropology on October 12. 

IPR developmental psychologist P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and IPR research associate professor Terese Eckrich Sommer presented at the 2015 Aspen ThinkXChange National Forum on Two-Generation Solutions on October 8.

On October 15, mechanical engineering professor and IPR associate Elizabeth Gerber received the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award from the Wells Fargo Foundation, an award that honors professors who inspired former students to make a difference in their communities. Gerber was honored for her work teaching collective innovation, an innovation process that harnesses social, human, and economic capital from distributed networks to develop and implement novel and useful ideas.


Education professor and IPR associate James Spillane received the Lyle Spencer Research Award from the Spencer Foundation. The award will fund a three-year comparative study examining how six U.S. school systems improve the quality of English language arts instruction.

Education researcher and IPR associate Cynthia Coburn delivered the keynote address at the British Educational Research Association’s annual conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 17. She addressed an international audience of education scholars and researchers on "Pathways from Research to Policy: Implications for Researchers."

On September 19, Carol Lee, professor of human development and social policy and IPR associate, gave the keynote address at the third annual Symposium on Multiculturalism and Social Justice at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark.

IPR development psychologist P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale delivered the keynote address at the University of Texas, Dallas' sixth annual forum on "Empowering Children and Parents Together: The Promise of Two-Generation Programs on Sept. 25th.


IPR economist Charles F. Manski gave the keynote address at the 2015 Southampton Conference on the Credibility of Empirical Research on July 4 at the University of Southampton (UK).

On July 27, the Institute for Education Sciences awarded IPR postdoctoral fellow Nathan VanHoudnos its Outstanding Predoctoral Fellow Award. The award recognizes his academic accomplishments and contributions to education research.


Communications studies scholar and IPR associate Ellen Wartella won the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award from the International Communication Association. The award honors outstanding scholars, teachers, and advisors who serve as role models and who have had a major impact on the field of communication. Most importantly, recipients of this award have influenced the discipline through their former students, who themselves are important figures in the communication discipline.

Former IPR undergraduate research assistant Alexandria Fredendall was awarded the Fletcher Undergraduate Research Grant (URG) prize for the best Academic Year URG of the year. Fredendall was chosen out of 79 grant recipients. IPR political scientist James Druckman was Fredendall's advisor.

IPR social psychologist Mesmin Destin received the award for outstanding full-time professor at the School of Education and Social Policy commencement ceremony on June 19.

IPR work study student Sarah Carthen Watson won the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Prize for Community Service. The $5,000 cash prize honors her leadership in various groups.

IPR graduate research assistant Zachary Seeskin was awarded a Census Bureau Dissertation Fellowship for the 2015–16 academic year.

On June 24, IPR social policy professor Fay Lomax Cook delivered the keynote address with Robert Kaplan, who is chief science officer at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, at the 20th anniversary celebration of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research. Lomax Cook is currently serving as an National Science Foundation Assistant Director and head of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate. Kaplan delivered a Distinguished Public Policy Lecture at IPR in February 2015.

On June 18, IPR economist Charles F. Manski lectured on “How Does Measurement Contribute to Uncertainty in Public Policy, and What Can Be Done About It?" at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s 2015 Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital, and Inequality in Pittsburgh. Watch a video of his lecture here.


IPR political scientist Daniel Galvin was awarded the Weinberg College E. LeRoy Hall Award in recognition for his excellence as an undergraduate teacher. IPR statistician Bruce Spencer was also honored for his work with students, as he was named to the 2014–15 Faculty and Administration Honor Roll by Northwestern University’s Associated Student Government (ASG). Spencer was also recognized by ASG in 2012–13.

On May 12, IPR social policy professor Fay Lomax Cook moderated a congressional briefing on "Forensics: Follow the Science." Read the opening remarks here. See the program here.

On May 1, IPR education researcher James Rosenbaum served as a panelist for "The New Forgotten Half and Research Directions to Support Them" at the American Youth Policy Forum. Watch a video of the panel here.


IPR social psychologist Jennifer Richeson was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences on April 28. She is among 84 new members recognized this year for “their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.” Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science.

IPR sociologist Monica Prasad and IPR social psychologist Jennifer Richeson were named 2015 Guggenheim Fellows on April 10. With her Guggenheim fellowship, Prasad is writing a book on the Reagan tax cut of 1981, based on access to previously unseen documents from the Reagan presidential library. Richeson will be investigating the "paradox of diversity," or why increases in racial/ethnic diversity can yield both more egalitarian and more exclusionary racial attitudes, as well as engender mixed outcomes in other important life domains.

IPR sociologist Leslie McCall was made a fellow of the Advanced Research Collaborative at the City University of New York. The Collaborative partners with the graduate school at the University to promote interdisciplinary research.

Northwestern Law School Dean and IPR associate Daniel Rodriguez delivered the prestigious Jefferson Memorial Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley on April 1. In his lecture, “Federalism, Localism, and the Shape of Constitutional Conflict,” Rodriguez examined the dynamic relationship between structures of constitutional governance within the United States. Rodriguez joins dozens of prominent scholars who have given a Jefferson Memorial Lecture, including Abner J. Mikva, Eric Foner, and Elizabeth Warren.

Northwestern’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities named sociologist and IPR associate Steven Epstein a 201516 humanities fellow. Selected by an external board of reviewers, the fellows pursue independent research in the humanities in the framework of an interdisciplinary community of scholars. Epstein will investigate “Sexual Health as Buzzword: Histories of Emergence and Politics of Proliferation.”



The Society for Research in Child Development has appointed a team of IPR faculty to edit its quarterly Social Policy Report. The team, led by communications studies researcher and IPR associate Ellen Wartella, also includes IPR developmental psychologist Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, IPR director and education economist David Figlio, IPR clinical and developmental psychologist Lauren Wakschlag, IPR psychologist Sandra Waxman, pediatrician and IPR associate Craig Garfield, and developmental psychologist and IPR associate Terri Sabol. The team will serve a six-year term, from July 2015 to July 2021.


The American Educational Research Association (AERA) named education researcher and IPR associate Cynthia Coburn an AERA Fellow, in recognition for her exceptional scholarly contributions to education research. Coburn joins several other IPR faculty who have been honored with an AERA fellowship, including Larry Hedges, Carol Lee, Penelope Peterson, and James Spillane. Coburn will be inducted on April 17 during AERA’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Morton Schapiro receives the NASPA award.

Northwestern president and IPR economist Morton Schapiro was awarded the 2015 NASPA President’s Award. The award, which is given out by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, honors a university president who has improved the quality of student life on campus by supporting student affairs staff and programs. President Schapiro will be presented the award in March at the 2015 NASPA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Read more about the award here.


IPR political scientist Wesley G. Skogan has submitted testimony on the topic of “building trust and legitimacy” for consideration by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, at the invitation of the task force. His report focused on police training. The task force, established by an executive order signed on December 18, 2014, is charged with identifying ways to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between local law enforcement and the communities that they protect while also promoting effective crime reduction.

IPR postdoctoral fellow Camelia Hostinar was awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Hostinar, who works with IPR health psychologists Edith Chen and Greg Miller at the Foundations of Health Research Center at Northwestern, was honored for her dissertation, “The Impacts of Social Support and Early-Life Stress on Stress Reactivity in Children and Adolescents.” Hostinar will be presented the award at the SRCD meeting in Philadelphia in March 2015.