Andrew Carnegie Fellows: The Jury


The selection committee includes the heads of some of the nation’s preeminent institutions dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, including current and former presidents of universities, foundations, and scholarly societies. 


Susan Hockfield is Chair of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Jury

Susan Hockfield served from 2004 to 2012 as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the first life scientist and first woman in that role. She is now President Emerita, Professor of Neuroscience, and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. As president, Hockfield strengthened the foundations of MIT’s finances and campus planning, while advancing institute-wide programs in sustainable energy and the convergence of the life, physical, and engineering sciences. She helped shape national policy for energy and next-generation manufacturing, appointed by President Obama in 2011 to co-chair the steering committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. She recently served on a Congressional Commission evaluating the Department of Energy laboratories.

In 2012, under Hockfield’s leadership, MIT launched its online learning platform, MITx, and was quickly joined by Harvard University in creating edX, increasing educational opportunities for learners and teachers across the planet. Hockfield’s research pioneered the use of monoclonal antibody technology in brain research, identifying proteins involved in activity-dependent brain development. She discovered a gene implicated in the spread of cancer in the brain, providing a link between her research and human health. Prior to MIT, she was the William Edward Gilbert Professor of Neurobiology, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1998-2002), and Provost (2003-2004) at Yale University. She studied at the University of Rochester and Georgetown University and carried out research at the NIH and UCSF before joining the faculty at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and then Yale. She has published extensively, in scientific and public media.

Hockfield currently serves as a director of General Electric and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a life member of the MIT Corporation, a trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a board member of the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School and of Partners HealthCare System. She has received many academic and civic awards, as well as numerous honorary degrees from national and international universities.

Jared L. Cohon Jared L. Cohon President Emeritus and University Professor of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Jared L. Cohon Jared L. Cohon President Emeritus and University Professor of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Jared L. Cohon is University Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy and President Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University. He served as the President of Carnegie Mellon from 1997 to 2013. He was a Professor of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, from 1973 to 1992, where he also served as Vice Provost for Research from 1986 to 1992, Associate Dean of Engineering from 1983 to 1986, and Assistant Dean of Engineering from 1981 to 1983. Following his tenure at Johns Hopkins, he served as Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis at Yale University from 1992 to 1997.

Dr. Cohon served as Legislative Assistant for Energy and Environment on the staff of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan from 1977 to 1978. In January 1995, Dr. Cohon was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. In 1997, he assumed the role of Chairman of the Board, a position he held until 2002. He was appointed by President George W. Bush and reappointed by President Barack Obama to the Homeland Security Advisory Council on which he served from 2002 to 2013. 

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, he has served on several committees and boards for the National Academies and the federal government. He chaired the committee that produced the 2010 report, “The Hidden Costs of Energy.” From 2012 to 2015, he chaired the Committee on the Fuel Economy of Light Duty Vehicles, Phase II. In 2014 and 2015, he co-chaired the congressionally mandated Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories. Dr. Cohon serves on the boards of Carnegie Corporation of New York, four other non-profit organizations, and two public companies. 

Dr. Cohon holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

John J. DeGioia John J. DeGioia President, Georgetown University
John J. DeGioia John J. DeGioia President, Georgetown University

John J. DeGioia is the 48th President of Georgetown University. For close to four decades, he has helped to define and strengthen Georgetown University as a premier institution for education and research. A Georgetown alumnus, Dr. DeGioia served as a senior administrator and as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy before becoming president in 2001. He continues to teach an Ignatius Seminar each fall, which is part of a program offering first-year students the opportunity to delve into unique courses of study inspired by the Jesuit educational theme of cura personalis (“care for the whole person”).

As President, Dr. DeGioia is dedicated to deepening Georgetown’s tradition of academic excellence, its commitment to its Catholic and Jesuit identity, its engagement with the Washington, D.C., community, and its global mission. Under his leadership, Georgetown has become a leader in shaping the future landscape of higher education and has recently completed a $1.5 billion fund-raising campaign dedicated to enhancing the lifelong value of a Georgetown education.

Dr. DeGioia is a leading voice in addressing broader issues in education. He currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education, as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education, and serves on the Board of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the National Association of Independent Schools. He also serves as Chair of the Division I Committee on Academics for the NCAA, and as a commissioner on the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Robbert Dijkgraaf Robbert Dijkgraaf Director and Leon Levy Professor, Institute for Advanced Study
Robbert Dijkgraaf Robbert Dijkgraaf Director and Leon Levy Professor, Institute for Advanced Study

Robbert Dijkgraaf is Director and Leon Levy Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world’s foremost centers for curiosity-driven basic research, located in Princeton, New Jersey. In addition to directing the Institute, Dijkgraaf is a renowned scientist, an effective communicator and teacher, a leader in science policymaking, and a trained artist.

A prominent mathematical physicist, Dijkgraaf is an impassioned and eloquent advocate for pure scientific inquiry and the vital importance of encouraging creativity, imagination, and “out of the box” thinking. He offers a truly international perspective on science and policy having served as President (2014–17) of the InterAcademy Partnership, a consortium of more than 130 of the world’s national science academies, and Co-Chair (2009–17) of the InterAcademy Council, the global alliance of science academies advising the United Nations, the World Bank, and other international organizations.

Considered the voice of science in his native Netherlands, where he served as President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences from 2008–12, Dijkgraaf is a best-selling author of books for a general audience, appears frequently on television—including annual live events that attract more than a million viewers—and writes monthly for the Netherlands’ top newspaper, NRC Handelsblad. A trained visual artist, a skilled moderator, and a dynamic spokesperson, Dijkgraaf is equally comfortable describing the wonders of nature and the connections between humanities and science as he is articulating issues of societal import.

Dijkgraaf is most recently the author of The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge, published in 2017 by Princeton University Press, in which he and IAS founding Director Abraham Flexner articulate how essential basic research and original thinking are to innovation and societal progress, a belief that has informed the mission of the Institute for nearly ninety years.

As a scientist, Dijkgraaf has made significant contributions to string theory. His research focuses on the interface between mathematics and particle physics. In addition to finding surprising and deep connections between matrix models, topological string theory, and supersymmetric quantum field theory, Dijkgraaf has developed precise formulas for the counting of bound states that explain the entropy of certain black holes. For his contributions to science, Dijkgraaf was awarded the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands, in 2003. He was named a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2012.

Appointed as Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in 2012, Dijkgraaf stewards what education reformer Abraham Flexner, the Institute’s founding Director, called a “paradise for scholars.” Founded in 1930, the Institute provides a singular environment where the world’s foremost thinkers have no students or administrative duties and where they are allowed to concentrate fully on the deepest questions, as far removed as possible from practical applications. Albert Einstein was one of its first professors and remained there from 1933 until his death in 1955. Over the course of its distinguished history, the Institute’s Faculty has also included Robert Oppenheimer, Kurt Gödel, Clifford Geertz, Hetty Goldman, George Kennan, Erwin Panofsky, Homer Thompson, John von Neumann, and Hermann Weyl. Among its Faculty and Members are 33 Nobel Laureates, 42 of the 60 Fields Medalists, and 17 of the 19 Abel Prize Laureates, as well as many MacArthur Fellows and Wolf Prize winners.

Jonathan F. Fanton Jonathan F. Fanton President Emeritus, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Jonathan F. Fanton Jonathan F. Fanton President Emeritus, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Jonathan Fanton is president emeritus of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Previously, he served as the president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation from 1999 to 2009 and as the president of The New School for Social Research from 1982 to 1999. In addition to his leadership of these organizations, he has served as board chair for several organizations, including Human Rights Watch, the Security Council Report, and the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. He currently serves on the boards of Scholars At Risk, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Benjamin Franklin House, and he chairs the advisory board of the Newman’s Own Foundation.

Dr. Fanton was elected a fellow of the American Academy in 1999.

Amy Gutmann Amy Gutmann President, University of Pennsylvania
Amy Gutmann Amy Gutmann President, University of Pennsylvania

Amy Gutmann is President of the University of Pennsylvania and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication. Since becoming president of Penn in 2004, Dr. Gutmann has been widely recognized for her transformative leadership, which has increased the university’s diversity, interdisciplinary excellence, and civic engagement both locally and globally.

Dr. Gutmann, the first in her family to graduate from college, has made access to a Penn education a top priority. She has more than doubled the number of students from low-income, middle-income, and first-generation college families at Penn. Under her leadership, Penn has become the nation’s largest university offering an all-grant financial aid policy to meet the full need of undergraduate students.

Global engagement has been a centerpiece of her presidency, with the creation of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, led by Vice President Joseph Biden, the opening of the Perry World House on campus, and the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing, all of which mark major new university-wide initiatives that promote global solutions, bringing the world to Penn and Penn to the world.

She also has led the creation of an innovation ecosystem on a vibrantly expanded campus, which includes the 23-acre Pennovation Works, located close to Penn’s academic core.

The Pennovation Center is a flagship business incubator and laboratory, and the Penn Center for Innovation fast-tracks Penn discoveries and technologies to meet social needs.

Dr. Gutmann leads a preeminent healthcare system, featuring a premier medical school, the Perelman School of Medicine, and six major hospitals. As Philadelphia’s largest private employer and healthcare provider, Penn has an economic impact of $14 billion annually in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gutmann has continued her award-winning scholarship and pathbreaking public service. Her seventeenth book, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of American Healthcare (with Jonathan D. Moreno) will be published next year by Norton. President Barack Obama chose Dr. Gutmann to chair his Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues from 2009-2017, which published major reports on important issues of science and health care.

She was elected and served as Chair of the Association of American Universities in 2014-2015, and has been honored with the Harvard University Centennial Medal (2003), the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Academic Leadership Award (2009), received the Anti-Defamation League’s Americanism Award (2014), the Urban Affairs Coalition’s Doer Award (2015), the Lucretia Mott Award from Women’s Way (2017), and was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune (2018). She is a Commissioner to the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, serves on the board of the National Constitution Center, and is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and is W.E.B. DuBois Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She is also a member of the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy.

She has received numerous honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Humane Letters from Johns Hopkins University, Doctor of Laws from Columbia University, and was named an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics.

Dr. Gutmann graduated from Radcliffe College of Harvard University. She earned her master’s degree in political science from the London School of Economics, and her doctorate in that subject from Harvard.

Before her appointment at Penn, Dr. Gutmann was a faculty member at Princeton University, where she was the founding director of the University Center for Human Values, an eminent multidisciplinary center that supports teaching, scholarship, and public discussion of ethics and human values. She subsequently served as dean of the faculty and provost, the first woman to hold these positions.

Rush D. Holt Rush D. Holt CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Rush D. Holt Rush D. Holt CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., became the chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in February 2015. In this role, Holt leads the world’s largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering membership organization.

Over his career, Dr. Holt has held positions as a teacher, scientist, administrator, and policymaker. From 1989 to 1998, Holt was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a Department of Energy national lab, which is the largest research facility of Princeton University and one of the largest alternative energy research facilities in the country. At PPPL, Holt helped establish the lab’s nationally renowned science education program. From 1980 to 1988, Holt was on the faculty of Swarthmore College, where he taught courses in physics and public policy. In 1982, he took leave from Swarthmore to serve as an AAAS/American Physical Society Science and Technology Policy Fellow on Capitol Hill. The Fellowships program, dating to 1973, places outstanding scientists and engineers in executive, legislative, and Congressional branch assignments for one or two years; as of 2017, the program has served more than 3,600 alumni working worldwide in the policy, academic, industry, and nonprofit realms. Holt has said that his AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship was “career changing.” From 1987 to 1989, Holt served as an arms control expert at the U.S. State Department, where he monitored the nuclear programs of countries such as Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union. In 1981, Holt was issued a patent for an improved solar-pond technology for harnessing energy from sunlight.

Before coming to AAAS, Holt served for 16 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District. In Congress, Holt served as a member of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. On Capitol Hill, Holt established a long track record of advocacy for federal investment in research and development, science education, and innovation. He served on the National Commission on the Teaching of Mathematics and Science (known as the Glenn Commission), founded the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, and served as a co-chair of the Biomedical Research Caucus. Holt served eight years on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and, from 2007 to 2010, chaired the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, which worked to strengthen legislative oversight of the intelligence community.

His legislative work earned him numerous accolades, including being named one of Scientific American magazine’s “50 National Visionaries Contributing to a Brighter Technological Future” and a “Champion of Science” by the Science Coalition. He has also received awards from the American Chemical Society, the American Association of University Professors, the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, the American Geophysical Union, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Holt is a past recipient of two of AAAS’ highest honors: the William D. Carey Lectureship Award (2005) and the Philip Hauge Abelson Award (2010).

From December 2014 to February 2015, Holt was appointed a Director’s Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Holt is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and he holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from New York University. He is an elected fellow of AAAS, the American Physical Society, and Sigma Xi, and he holds honorary degrees from Monmouth University, Rider University, University of Toledo, and Thomas Edison State College. He is married to Margaret Lancefield, a physician, and they have three children and seven grandchildren.

Alberto Ibargüen Alberto Ibargüen President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Alberto Ibargüen Alberto Ibargüen President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Alberto Ibargüen is president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which promotes informed and engaged communities.

He is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. During his tenure, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prizes and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in Spanish language journalism.

He graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Between college and law school, he served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela’s Amazon Territory and later was the Peace Corps Programming and Training Officer in Colombia. After law school, he practiced law in Hartford, Conn., until he joined The Hartford Courant, then Newsday in New York, before moving to Miami.

He has chaired the boards of PBS, the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and the Web Foundation. Over time, he served on the boards of arts, education, and journalism organizations, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Wesleyan University, and ProPublica. He is currently a member of the board of American Airlines and previously served on the boards of PepsiCo and AOL.

He is a member of MIT’s Visiting Committee for the Media Lab and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. For his work to protect journalists in Latin America, Ibargüen received a Maria Moors Cabot citation from Columbia University. He has received honorary degrees from several institutions, including Wesleyan University, The George Washington University and the University of Miami.

Ira Katznelson Ira Katznelson Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University
Ira Katznelson Ira Katznelson Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University

Ira Katznelson has been Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University since 1994 and, from 2012 to 2017 was president of the Social Science Research Council. In 2017–18, he served as Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at the University of Cambridge. He was president of the American Political Science Association in 2005–06, chair of the Russell Sage Foundation Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2002, and president of the Social Science History Association in 1997–98.

His Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time (Liveright, 2013) has been awarded the Bancroft Prize in history, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award in political science, the Sidney Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, and the J. David Greenstone Book Prize in history and politics. Professor Katznelson’s other books include Liberal Beginnings: Making a Republic for the Moderns (Cambridge University Press, 2008), written with Andreas Kalyvas; When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America (Norton, 2006); and Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge after Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust (Columbia University Press, 2003).

Professor Katznelson has been a Guggenheim Fellow, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and participates as a research associate at the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge.  

Arthur Levine Arthur Levine President, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Arthur Levine Arthur Levine President, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Arthur Levine is the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Before his appointment at Woodrow Wilson, he was president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also previously served as chair of the higher education program, chair of the Institute for Educational Management, and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Mr. Levine is the author of dozens of articles and reviews, including a series of reports for the Education Schools Project on the preparation of school leaders, teachers, and education researchers. Mr. Levine’s numerous commentaries appear in such publications as the New York Times; the Los Angeles Times; the Wall Street Journal; the Washington Post; Education Week; and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

His most recent book is Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student (with Diane Dean, 2012). Among his other volumes are Unequal Fortunes: Snapshots from the South Bronx; When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today’s College Student (with Jeanette S. Cureton); Beating the Odds: How the Poor Get to College (with Jana Nidiffer); Higher Learning in America; Shaping Higher Education’s Future; When Dreams and Heroes Died: A Portrait of Today’s College Students; Handbook on Undergraduate Curriculum; Quest for Common Learning (with Ernest Boyer); Opportunity in Adversity (with Janice Green); and Why Innovation Fails.

Mr. Levine has received numerous honors, including Carnegie, Guggenheim, and Rockefeller Fellowships, as well as the American Council on Education’s Book of the Year award (for Reform of Undergraduate Education), the Educational Press Association’s Annual Award for writing (three times), and 25 honorary degrees. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and sits on the board of Say Yes to Education.

Mr. Levine was also previously president of Bradford College (1982-1989) and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation and Carnegie Council for Policy Studies in Higher Education (1975-1982). He received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Earl Lewis Earl Lewis Founding Director, Center for Social Solutions, University of Michigan
Earl Lewis Earl Lewis Founding Director, Center for Social Solutions, University of Michigan

Earl Lewis recently returned to the University of Michigan as a professor of history and African American and African Studies, and the inaugural director of the soon-to-be created Center for Social Solutions.

He became the sixth President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in March 2013 and served in that role until March 2018.  Under his guidance, the foundation reaffirmed its commitment to the humanities, the arts, and higher education by emphasizing the importance of continuity and change.

A noted social historian, and President-elect of the Organization of American Historians, Mr. Lewis has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley (1984–89), and the University of Michigan (1989–2004).  He has championed the importance of diversifying the academy, enhancing graduate education, re-visioning the liberal arts, exploring the role of digital tools for learning, and connecting universities to their communities.

Prior to joining The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mr. Lewis served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies at Emory University. As Provost, Lewis led academic affairs and academic priority setting for the university.

He is the author and co-editor of seven books, including Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society (with Nancy Cantor, Princeton University Press, 2016); The African American Urban Experience: Perspectives from the Colonial Period to the Present (with Joe William Trotter and Tera W. Hunter, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004); Defending Diversity: Affirmative Action at the University of Michigan (with Jeffrey S. Lehman and Patricia Gurin, University of Michigan Press, 2004); Love on Trial: An American Scandal in Black and White (with Heidi Ardizzone, WW Norton, 2001); the award-winning To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans (with Robin D.G. Kelley, Oxford University Press, 2000); In Their Own Interests: Race, Class and Power in 20th Century Norfolk (University of California Press, 1991); as well as the 11-volume The Young Oxford History of African Americans (with Robin D.G. Kelley, Oxford University Press, 1995–1997) and the award-winning book series American Crossroads (University of California Press).

A native of Tidewater, Virginia, Mr. Lewis earned an undergraduate degree in history and psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota.  He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2008.

This March, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra recognized his contribution to the celebration of classical music with the Classical Roots Award. In 2017, Mr. Lewis was named an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by both Clark University and Southwestern University. The previous year, Carnegie Mellon University honored him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He was previously awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Rutgers University-Newark and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College in 2015. He also received an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Concordia College in 2002; an Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota in 2001; and the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the University of Michigan in 1999.


Marcia McNutt Marcia McNutt President, National Academy of Sciences
Marcia McNutt Marcia McNutt President, National Academy of Sciences

Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she served as editor-in-chief of the Science journals. Prior to joining Science, she was director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure, the USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. McNutt led a team of government scientists and engineers at BP headquarters in Houston who helped contain the oil and cap the well. She directed the flow rate technical group that estimated the rate of oil discharge during the spill’s active phase. For her contributions, she was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal.

Before joining the USGS, McNutt served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), in Moss Landing, California. During her time at MBARI, the institution became a leader in developing biological and chemical sensors for remote ocean deployment, installed the first deep-sea cabled observatory in U.S. waters, and advanced the integration of artificial intelligence into autonomous underwater vehicles for complex undersea missions.

From 2000 to 2002, McNutt served as president of the American Geophysical Union. She was chair of the Board of Governors for Joint Oceanographic Institutions, responsible for operating the International Ocean Discovery Program’s vessel JOIDES Resolution and associated research programs.

McNutt began her academic career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she was the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and directed the Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering, jointly offered by MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her research area is the dynamics of the upper mantle and lithosphere on geologic time scales, work that has taken her to distant continents and oceans for field observations. She is a veteran of more than a dozen deep-sea expeditions, on most of which she was chief or co-chief scientist.

McNutt received a B.A. in physics from Colorado College and her Ph.D. in Earth sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She holds honorary doctoral degrees from the Colorado College, the University of Minnesota, Monmouth University, the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Miami, and Uppsala University. McNutt is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, UK and the Russian Academy of Sciences. She is a fellow of AGU, the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy. In 1988, she was awarded AGU’s Macelwane Medal for research accomplishments by a young scientist, and she received the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her contributions to deep-sea exploration.

Alondra Nelson Alondra Nelson President, Social Science Research Council
Alondra Nelson Alondra Nelson President, Social Science Research Council

Alondra Nelson is the fourteenth president of the Social Science Research Council. She is also Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, where she served as the inaugural Dean of Social Science. As dean, she led the first strategic planning process for the social sciences at Columbia, working with faculty members in more than thirty departments and research units to set long-term academic priorities. Nelson began her academic career on the faculty of Yale University, where she received the Poorvu Award for interdisciplinary teaching excellence.

Dr. Nelson has published award-winning and widely acclaimed books and articles exploring the junction of science, medicine, and social inequality. She is author most recently of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome. Her book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination was recognized with several awards, including the Mirra Komarovsky Award, the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Award, and a Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association, and was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award. Dr. Nelson’s other works include Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (with Keith Wailoo and Catherine Lee), and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (with Thuy Linh Tu). She serves on the editorial boards of the journals Social Studies of Science and Public Culture.

The recipient of many awards and honors, Dr. Nelson’s research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. She has been a fellow of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the BIOS Centre at the London School of Economics, the Bavarian-American Academy, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Dr. Nelson is a regular contributor to national policy discussions on inequality and on the social implications of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, big data, direct-to-consumer genetics, and human gene-editing. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Network on AI, the Internet of Things, and Trust; she serves on the Board of Directors of the Data and Society Research Institute. She is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association.

Raised in Southern California, Dr. Nelson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at San Diego and earned her Ph.D. from New York University.

Don M. Randel Don M. Randel President Emeritus, The University of Chicago
Don M. Randel Don M. Randel President Emeritus, The University of Chicago

Don M. Randel is a musicologist who attended Princeton University, where he received bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in music. His scholarly specialty is the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in Spain and France. He has written on medieval liturgical chant, as well as on Arabic music theory, Latin American popular music, 15th-century French music and poetry, and the songs of Robert Schumann and Cole Porter.

In 1968, Mr. Randel joined the Cornell University faculty in the department of music. He served for 32 years as a member of Cornell’s faculty, where he was also department chair, vice-provost, associate dean, and then dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He became provost of Cornell University in 1995.

From July 2006 until March 2013, Mr. Randel was president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He was president of the University of Chicago from July 2000 until July 2006. 

Mr. Randel served as the editor of the Journal of the American Musicological Society. He is also editor of The Harvard Dictionary of Music, 4th ed., published in 2003; The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music, published in 1996; and The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians, published in 1999. Randel serves or has served on the boards of Carnegie Corporation of New York, Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Ballet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rockefeller University, Argonne National Laboratory, CNA Financial, and the American Academy of Arts and Science (of which he was chair).

Louise Richardson Louise Richardson Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
Louise Richardson Louise Richardson Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

Professor Louise Richardson became vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford on January 1, 2016, having previously served as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews for seven years.

A native of Ireland, she studied history in Trinity College, Dublin, before gaining her Ph.D. at Harvard University, where she spent 20 years on the faculty of the Harvard Government Department and latterly as Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She served on Scotland’s Council of Economic Advisers and currently sits on the boards of Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Booker Prize Foundation, and numerous other charities.

A political scientist by training, Professor Richardson is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on terrorism and counter-terrorism. Her publications include Democracy and Counterterrorism: Lessons from the Past (2007), What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat (2006), The Roots of Terrorism (2006), and When Allies Differ (1996). She has also written numerous articles on international terrorism, British foreign and defense policy, security institutions, and international relations; lectured to public, professional, media, and education groups; and served on the editorial boards of several journals and presses.

Her awards include the Sumner Prize for work towards the prevention of war and the establishment of universal peace, Harvard’s Centennial Medal, and honorary doctorates from MGIMO University, Moscow, The University of the West Indies, Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Aberdeen, the University of St Andrews, and Trinity College Dublin. She is an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Professor Richardson has been elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Pauline Yu Pauline Yu President, American Council of Learned Societies
Pauline Yu Pauline Yu President, American Council of Learned Societies

Pauline Yu became president of the American Council of Learned Societies in July 2003, having served as dean of humanities in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Los Angeles and professor of East Asian languages and cultures from 1994-2003. Prior to that appointment, she was founding chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Irvine (1989-1994) and on the faculty of Columbia University (1985-89) and the University of Minnesota (1976-85). She received her B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from Stanford University. She is the author or editor of five books and dozens of articles on classical Chinese poetry, literary theory, comparative poetics, and issues in the humanities and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was awarded the William Riley Parker Prize for best PMLA article of 2007.

Yu is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and member of the American Philosophical Society and Committee of 100. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, and The Henry Luce and The Teagle Foundations. In addition, she is a trustee of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy in Berlin, and the National Humanities Center. Yu holds four honorary degrees and is a senior research scholar at Columbia University.