Academics Win MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowships

September 29, 2015

Faculty members are among the fortunate winners of this year's “genius” fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The no-strings fellowships are awarded to “individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future.” The winners receive $625,000 over five years, and people cannot apply for the fellowship -- the foundation simply makes its selections.

This year's winners from academe are:

  • Patrick Awuah, founder and president of Ashesi University College, in Ghana.
  • Kartik Chandran, associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University.
  • Matthew Desmond, associate professor of sociology and social studies at Harvard University.
  • William Dichtel, associate professor of chemistry at Cornell University.
  • LaToya Ruby Frazier, assistant professor of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Ben Lerner, professor of English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
  • Dimitri Nakassis, associate professor of classics at the University of Toronto.
  • John Novembre, associate professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago.
  • Christopher Ré, assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University.
  • Marina Rustow, professor of Near Eastern studies and history at Princeton University.
  • Beth Stevens, assistant professor of neurology at Harvard University Medical School.
  • Heidi Williams, assistant professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Peidong Yang, S. K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California at Berkeley.
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