Carnegie Corporation of New York Awards $1.1 Million to the First Class of Carnegie Scholars


A dozen leading researchers in American universities are among the first class of Carnegie Scholars, awarded for their innovative scholarship and policy-focused research in areas of interest to the Corporation. Each of the scholars, chosen in a highly competitive process, will receive up to $100,000 over the next two years to pursue research education, international development, democracy, and international peace and security.

"For more than 90 years, Carnegie Corporation has identified and promoted ideas that have shaped positive social change," said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. Gregorian inaugurated the Scholars program in 1999 and resumed the Corporation’s historic support for individual scholarship for the first time since 1969. "We believe individual scholarship is an important asset in our democratic process where new policy solutions must be supported by credible research and analysis. At Carnegie we are interested in theory, practice and outcomes." The 12 Carnegie Scholars of 2000 represent some of America’s most well-known research and teaching institutions and both established and young scholars. "Because we understand that successful innovation may come from either reliable sources or yet-untapped talent, we wanted our scholars search process to identify both established and emerging experts in the relevant fields," said Gregorian. The scholars will pursue subjects close to the strategic work of the Corporation and will explore issues critical to education reform, campaign finance, widening global income gaps, conflict resolution among new nations and international organizations, African women and Islam, and the political questions facing the former Soviet Union. The first 12 Carnegie Scholars, their institutions and research titles are:

Stephen Ansolabehere, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "The Rise of Money in American Elections"

Matthew Evangelista, Cornell University "Will Russia Go the Way of the Soviet Union? Lessons from the Chechen Wars"

Jay Heubert, Teachers College, Columbia University "Promotion and Graduation Tests: How Do They Affect Student Learning and Progress and How Can Proper Test Use Be Promoted?"

Caroline Hoxby, Harvard University "Ideal Vouchers, Ideal Charter School Tuition: Price Mechanisms That Solve Problems Potentially Created by School Choice"

Richard Jolly, City University of New York "Widening Global Income Gaps: Causes, Remedies and Policy Proposals"

Richard Langhorne, Rutgers University "New Emissaries and No Emissaries: The Representation of New Voices in Global Politics"

Beverly Mack, University of Kansas "Pre-Eighteenth Century Muslim Women’s Scholarship and Social Activism in West and North Africa"

Steven Rosefielde, University of North Carolina "Forgotten Superpower: The Economic Case for Arms Control in the Russian Federation"

Michael Sandel, Harvard University "What Money Can Buy: Markets, Morals, and Civic Life"

Ian Shapiro, Yale University "Democracy and Distribution in the United States"

Dorothy Shipps, Teachers College, Columbia University "School Reform, Corporate Style: The Nexus of Politics, Business and Education Change in Twentieth Century Chicago"

Kathleen Vogel, Cornell University "A Plague Upon the Nations? Proliferation Concerns from the Former Soviet Bioweapons Complex"

Detailed project descriptions and biographies for each scholar are attached to this release. The Corporation plans to name up to 20 Carnegie Scholars annually, each lasting up to two years and providing a maximum of $100,000 in total funding. At the end, Carnegie Scholars will submit written reports to the Corporation, which may then assist in disseminating those results deemed to have great national or international significance. Nominated scholars and their research projects were evaluated by committees including both Carnegie Corporation program leaders and external advisers. "Criteria for selection were based on stringent academic standards as well as the relevance of the project to Carnegie program priorities," said Neil Grabois, vice president and director for strategic planning and program coordination at Carnegie Corporation of New York, who facilitated the various levels of deliberations. From an initial group of 89 nominees, 40 were invited to provide complete project descriptions. The 12 finalists were approved by Carnegie Corporation’s Board of Trustees. "As the Carnegie Scholars program moves forward we want to continue the tradition of academic excellence as well as widen the net to attract the most innovative and creative scholarship underway in America," said Patricia Rosenfield, chair of Carnegie Corporation’s International Development program and director of the Scholars program. Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote "the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding." As a grantmaking foundation, the Corporation seeks to carry out Carnegie’s vision of philanthropy, which he said should aim "to do real and permanent good in the world." The Corporation’s capital fund, originally donated at a value of about $135 million, had a market value of $1.7 billion on September 30, 1999. The Corporation awards grants totaling approximately $60 million a year in the areas of education, international peace and security, international development, democracy and special projects. Carnegie Scholars' detailed project descriptions and biographies.