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Frank R. Baumgartner, the Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science has recently been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. Current Academy research focuses on education, the humanities, and the arts; science, engineering, and technology policy; global security and international affairs; and American institutions and the public good. The Academy’s work is advanced by its elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs from around the world.

Frank Baumgartner’s statement about being elected to the Academy:

“With a political science membership that includes my UNC colleague Jim Stimson and many of my greatest mentors in the profession, it’s an unexpected but a signal honor to be elected to the American Academy. And with people like John Legend and Carol Burnett being elected in the same class of fellows, the induction ceremony promises to be unlike any I’ve ever experienced! It’s a pleasure to be recognized, and a joy to continue teaching and research as I always have.”

Members of the 2017 class include winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Wolf Prize; MacArthur Fellows; Fields Medalists; Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medal of Arts recipients; and Academy Award, Grammy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award winners.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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