Professor Jane Waldfogel Elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy

July 26, 2015 @ 8:27 pm

Jane Waldfogel, the Compton Foundation Centennial Professor of Social Work for the Prevention of Children’s and Youth Problems, has been elected as a Corresponding Fellow to the British Academy. Dr. Waldfogel, a member of Columbia School of Social Work’s faculty since 1995, is a leading authority on poverty, inequality, and social mobility, with a particular expertise in the impact of public policies on child and family well-being.

The British Academy is the United Kingdom’s national body recognizing and supporting excellence in the humanities and social sciences. Each year, in addition to electing several dozen U.K.-based Fellows who have achieved distinction in the humanities and social sciences, the Academy elects a number of Corresponding Fellows from overseas universities. Election is a mark of distinction that only a few American faculty have achieved.

Professor Waldfogel was one of 20 Corresponding Fellows elected from all fields at the Academy’s annual meeting on July 16. Forty-two Fellows and three Honorary Fellows were also elected, bringing the total number of living members of the British Academy to over one thousand for the first time in its 113-year history. Go to the full list. Notably, Dr. Waldfogel shares this honor with another prominent member of Columbia University’s faculty: University Professor of Art and Art History Simon Schama.

Dr. Waldfogel has achieved recognition in the United Kingdom for her ground-breaking work Britain’s War on Poverty (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010), a comprehensive analysis of Britain’s anti-poverty initiative under New Labour. She is a long-time affiliate of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics and in 2009 was appointed as a visiting professor there.

Her most recent book is Too Many Children Left Behind: The U.S. Achievement Gap in Comparative Perspective (Russell Sage Foundation, 2015).

Professor Waldfogel currently serves as president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that encourages excellence in research, teaching, and practice in the field of public policy analysis and management. She has been a leading member of the Columbia Population Research Center since its inception and will become its co-director in September. Currently, her research focuses on work-family policies, improvements to the way we measure poverty, and a comparison of social mobility across countries.

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