Two Northwestern professors named Guggenheim fellows

Tyler Pager, Campus Editor

Two Northwestern professors have been selected as 2015 Guggenheim fellows.

Sociology Prof. Monica Prasad and psychology Prof. Jennifer Richeson are among the 173 fellows chosen from more than 3,000 applicants from the United States and Canada.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation-sponsored scholarship is in its 91st year.

Prasad’s areas of interest include economic sociology, political sociology and comparative historical sociology. She is the author of multiple books. In her most recent book, “The Land of Too Much,” she argues the United States’ strong tradition of government intervention prevented the development of a European-style welfare state. In 2011, she received a Fulbright grant to study at the Institut d‘etudes politiques in Paris— known as Sciences Po.

Richeson’s research focuses on cultural diversity and how identities including race, gender and socioeconomic status impact people’s lives. She was awarded a 2006 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a “genius grant.” Richeson and her husband, NU’s assistant vice president for student engagement Burgwell Howard, are both leaving the University to join Yale University’s faculty.

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