Political scientist Ian Shapiro chosen
to join American Philosophical Society
Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science, has been named to the American
Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States.
He joins other notable inductees in the Class of 2008 such as filmmaker Martin
Scorsese, New Yorker editor David Remnick and Nobel laureate and former U.S.
vice president Al Gore.
Shapiro, who is also the Henry R. Luce Director of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan
Center for International and Area Studies, is a noted authority on democratic
justice and the discipline of political science. Among the recent titles in his
extensive bibliography are “Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy against
Global Terror,” “Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight Over Taxing
Inherited Wealth” (with Michael Graetz) and “The Flight from Reality
in the Human Sciences.” His political opinion pieces, articles and reviews
have appeared in such venues as The Nation, The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington
A native of South Africa, Shapiro received a law degree from Yale Law School
and a doctorate in political science also from Yale. He has been teaching at
Yale since 1984, and served as the chair of the Department of Political Science
1999-2004. Shapiro is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and
a past fellow of the Carnegie Corporation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has held visiting appointments
at the University of Cape Town and Nuffield College, Oxford.
The American Philosophical Society was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for
the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” Members elected to the
society include leading scholars, writers, artists, scientists and other professionals
who have made outstanding contributions in their fields. The society offers opportunities
for multidisciplinary, intellectual fellowship in semi-annual meetings and supports
research and the dissemination of knowledge through grants and fellowships, lectures,
publications, prizes and exhibitions.
Early members included George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas
Paine, James Madison and John Marshall. In the 19th century, John James Audubon,
Robert Fulton, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison and Louis Pasteur were among those
elected, and in the 20th century, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost and George Marshall
were among those whose broad range of scientific, humanistic and public accomplishments
were honored with election. The first woman was elected in 1789 — the Russian
Princess Dashkova, president of the Imperial Academy of Sciences of St. Petersburg.
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