RSF trustee Mario Luis Small (Harvard University) and RSF author and former visiting scholar Bruce Western (Columbia University) have recently been named as Fellows of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Most of the Academy’s Fellows are university-based scholars who have changed our understanding of human behavior and the world in which we live; others are public servants who have used scholarly research in government to improve the common good. Small and Western, along with three other 2020 electees, will be inducted as Fellows of the Academy at a ceremony to be held in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2020.
Mario Small is the Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. His research looks at the fundamental questions of who we connect with, why, and how we use those connections. Small investigates urban poverty and personal networks, and in so doing analyzes the relationship between qualitative and quantitative research methods. He joined the RSF Board of Trustees in 2017. He was a contributing author to the RSF book The Colors of Poverty: Why Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist.
Bruce Western is the Bryce Professor of Sociology and Social Justice and codirector of the Justice Lab at Columbia University. His research focuses on the connections between political institutions and social and economic inequality, with a focus on criminal justice policy and incarceration. He was an RSF visiting scholar in 1999-2000, and is the recipient of numerous RSF research grants. He is the author of the RSF books Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison and Punishment and Inequality in America.