Publication Date

April 30, 2008

Perspectives Section


This past Monday the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced its Class of Fellows for 2008. The Academy, founded by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other forefathers, has been in existence since 1780. Past members have included Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Albert Einstein.

This year’s addition of new fellows (190 in all), include a number of scholars drawn from the field of history. See below for a list of these individuals, and visit the academy’s web site for a complete list of fellows.

  • Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University
  • Nancy F. Cott*, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University
  • Michael E. Geyer*, Samuel N. Harper Professor of German and European History, University of Chicago
  • Earl Lewis*, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies, Emory University
  • Robert Orsi, Grace Craddock Nagle Professor of Catholic Studies, Northwestern University
  • Louis A. Pérez, Jr., Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Theodore M. Porter, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Daniel Rodgers*, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Princeton University
  • Joan Wallach Scott*, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Debora Leah Silverman, Professor of History and Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Yuri Slezkine, Professor of Russian History, University of California, Berkeley

*Indicates status as AHA Member.

Update: Robert Orsi has been added to this list, since he is a joint professor in the history and religion departments at Northwestern. Thanks to Ralph Luker for this tip.

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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