Margaret Olivia Sage Scholars

Established in 2015, the Foundation's Margaret Olivia Sage Scholars program provides the opportunity for distinguished social scientists to spend brief periods in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation. The program is named in honor of RSF’s founder, Margaret Olivia Sage. Margaret Olivia Sage (MOS) Scholars are nominated and selected by the Foundation's Board of Trustees on the basis of their outstanding career accomplishments. While in residence at RSF, they pursue their own research and participate in the intellectual activities of the Foundation through mentoring the annual class of Visiting Scholars and advising the President and program officers about both new and ongoing research initiatives.

Robert M. Solow continues as the Foundation’s Robert K. Merton Scholar, a position he has held since 2001. The Merton Scholar recognizes the enduring contributions of an eminent scholar to the social sciences. Solow, Institute Professor Emeritus at M.I.T., was Nobel Laureate in Economics in 1987.

In addition, each year the Russell Sage Foundation selects a class of 16-17 Visiting Scholars based on external peer review of submitted applications.

Margaret Olivia Sage Scholars 2019–2020

Greg Duncan

Distinguished Professor of Education, University of California, Irvine

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Christopher Jencks

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, Emeritus, Harvard University

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Jane Mansbridge

Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard University

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Mary Waters

PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences and the John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

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Margaret Olivia Sage Scholars 2020–2021

Ira Katznelson

Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University

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George A. Akerlof

Daniel E. Koshland, Sr. Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley

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