Yale faculty join Springsteen as new AAAS members

April 30, 2013

Seven Yale faculty members, including President-elect Peter Salovey, have been elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies.

Members of the 2013 class include winners of the Nobel Prize; National Medal of Science; the Lasker Award; the Pulitzer and the Shaw prizes; the Fields Medal; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; the Kennedy Center Honors; and Grammy, Emmy, Academy, and Tony awards. The latter include singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, jazz musician Herbie Hancock, and actors Robert De Niro and Sally Fields.

The academy membership encompasses over 4,000 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members. Joining the other other luminaries as 2013 AAAS members are these Yale faculty:

Christine Jolls, the Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law and Organization. Jolls is one of the founders of the field of behavioral law and economics. Already a leading scholar in the field of employment law, Jolls explores the role of behavioral economics in shaping of our laws.

Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and professor of psychology. Kahan is known for his study of how individual assessments of risk are shaped by social norms and how cultural differences can be integrated in decision-making.

Nicholas Read, the Henry Ford II Professor of Physics, and professor of Applied Physics and Mathematics. Read is a world expert in theoretical quantum physics who has predicted the existence of several new states of matter, including one which has been verified experimentally. His work has helped lay the foundations for a possible new type of powerful computer based on quantum principles.

Mark Rosenzweig, the Frank Altschul Professor of International Economics and director of the Economic Growth Center at Yale. He is a development economist who pioneered the use of microeconometric methods for studying the causes and consequences of economic development.  

Peter Salovey, Yale’s president-elect and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology.  Salovey is one of the pioneers in developing the concept of emotional intelligence, which posits that people have a wide range of emotional as well as intellectual skills that can be developed. The principles of emotional intelligence have been applied in classrooms around the world. Salovey, who has served as Yale College dean and provost, among other posts, was honored in the category Educational, Scientific, Cultural, and Philanthropic Administration.

Stuart B. Schwartz, the George Burton Adams Professor of History. Schwartz specializes in the history of colonial Latin America, especially Brazil. His award-winning book “All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World” is a groundbreaking study of religious tolerance in the Hispanic New World, which ran counter to Catholic orthodoxy and the Inquisition it spawned.

Michael D. Warner, the Seymour H. Knox Professor of English and professor of American studies. Warner is an authority on early American literature whose focus has evolved from print culture to the many new media of the digital age,. He is particularly interested in how different social worlds are formed by different ways of reading and hearing. Most recently his work has centered on American secularism in an age before the term was used: from the early 18th century to the Civil War.

A full list of new AAAS members can be found at https://www.amacad.org/members.aspx.