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Political Scientist Wins Award from Catalan Government

The Catalan government’s Institut d’Estudis Autonomics has awarded Jaime Lluch (JD 1989; PhD 2007, Political Science) the Vilaseca i Marcet book prize for his book, Visions of Sovereignty: Varieties of Minority Nationalism in Multinational Democracies. Visions of Sovereignty will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in the Series on Nationalism and Ethnicity, edited by Brendan O’Leary. Lluch is a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, where he teaches a seminar on constitutionalism and national pluralism. In addition, he has edited Constitutionalism and the Politics of Accommodation in Multinational Democracies, forthcoming from Palgrave MacMillan. Based on a conference he organized at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, in 2011, this book is interdisciplinary, building intellectual bridges between comparative politics and comparative constitutional law. It aims to understand the constitutional and political factors that facilitate the accommodation of national diversity in multinational democracies.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Lluch earned his BA from Brown University. After completing his Juris Doctor at Yale Law School, he worked as an environmental law attorney for several years and then returned to Yale for his PhD. His dissertation, “Shades of Stateless Nationhood: Explaining Internal Variation in the Political Orientation of the National Movements of Quebec and Catalonia (1976-2005),” was advised by James C. Scott in the Political Science Department.

Lluch works on the politics of accommodation in multinational democracies, comparative federalism and comparative constitutionalism, models of multilevel governance and citizenship, European and EU politics, and migration and global  governance. Much of his work has been about the interdisciplinary study of federalism in multinational democracies, bridging the fields of comparative politics and constitutional law. He is also interested in citizenship, and race/ethnicity and multiculturalism.


Schuster Honored for Condensed Matter Physics Research

David I. Schuster (PhD 2007, Physics), assistant professor of Physics at the University of Chicago, has won the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s William L. McMillan Award for his groundbreaking work in circuit quantum electrodynamics. The award recognizes outstanding work by a young researcher in condensed matter physics.

Schuster studies hybrid approaches to quantum information processing. Most current quantum computer research has focused on large-scale systems that use a single type of component, such as atoms, spins, and photons. Recent breakthroughs have made it possible to create small quantum-mechanical systems that employ a variety of these elements. Schuster focuses on trying to connect these different quantum systems using superconducting circuits.

His other honors include a research fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a DARPA Young Faculty Award, and an NSF CAREER Award – the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. He also won the Yale Quantum Information and Mesoscopic Physics Fellowship and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Dissertation Award. Schuster’s adviser at Yale was Robert Schoelkopf.

Schuster has coauthored numerous publications, including “Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics: Coherent Coupling of a Single Photon to a Cooper Pair Box,” “Proposal for Manipulating and Detecting Spin and Orbital States of Trapped Electrons on Helium Using Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics,” “High-Cooperativity Coupling of Electron-Spin Ensembles to Superconducting Cavities,” and “Resolving Photon Number States in a Superconducting Circuit.”


Bruce Museum Names Yale Alumna to Deputy Director Post

Susan Ball (PhD 1978, History of Art) recently became deputy director of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. The museum is a regionally based, world-class institution highlighting art, science, and natural history, with more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. The permanent galleries feature the natural sciences from both regional and global perspectives.

Ball was a professor of Art History at the University of Delaware and director of Government and Foundation Affairs at the Art Institute of Chicago. She served as executive director of the College Art Association for twenty years, from 1986-2006, and continued with the CAA as director of the Centennial Book Project for an additional four years. For the next three years, she served as Interim Director of Programs at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the largest service organization in the United States devoted to supporting individual artists.

As an author and editor, she has contributed significant works of scholarship in her field, including Ozenfant and Purism: The Evolution of a Style (1981), The Eye, the Hand, the Mind: 100 Years of the College Art Association (Rutgers University Press, 2010), The Profitable Artist: A Handbook for All Artists in the Literary, Media, Performing, and Visual Arts (with Peter Cobb and Felicity Hogan, Allworth Press, 2011), and several articles in scholarly journals and exhibition catalogues. During the course of her career, Ball has also served on numerous organizational boards, including thirteen years on the NYFA board of directors; on national advisory committees on the arts, culture, education, and technology; and on juries convened by public and private agencies that make prestigious national awards.

Ball joined Yale’s Graduate School Alumni Association in 2012 and will serve a three-year term on its board. “My years at Yale set very high expectations for intellectual stimulation and engagement that I have subsequently sought to sustain,” she says. “It is always a delight to return to Yale, and I am thrilled to serve on the GSAA executive committee.”

Jaime Lluch

Jaime Lluch

David I. Schuster

David I. Schuster

Susan Ball

Susan Ball