Congratulations to FAS Faculty prize and award winners

May 11, 2020

""Dear FAS Faculty,

Even at this time of unprecedented disruption, our community remains a source of inspiration and motivation. The FAS is filled with brilliant and pathbreaking scholars and teachers, and during the last weeks, numerous colleagues have received national and international recognition for their contributions. Please join me in congratulating them.

We began our lockdown with the spectacular news that Gregory Margulis, Erastus L. DeForest Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, was awarded the Abel Prize in Mathematics – the field’s equivalent to the Nobel prize. In subsequent weeks, colleagues across our community were lauded for their excellence.

David Blight, Sterling Professor of American History, has been awarded the Gold Medal for History by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the organization’s highest honor, in recognition of the eminence of his body of work, which has been decorated with honors including the Pulitzer Prize in 2019.

Yale’s History department now includes three Pulitzer prize-winners, as Greg Grandin, Professor of History, was last week awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction for The End of Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America. (In addition to David Blight and Greg Grandin, our colleague John Gaddis, Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military & Naval History, was awarded the Pulitzer in 2012.)

A number of our colleagues have been named to important academic bodies:

  • Scott Miller, Irénée du Pont Professor of Chemistry, has been elected to the National Academy of Science
  • Five members of the FAS Faculty have been elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: congratulations to Shun-Ichiro Karato, Adolph Knopf Professor of Geology and Geophysics and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science; Isabela Mares, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science; James Mayer, Charlotte Fitch Roberts Professor of Chemistry; Claudia Rankine, Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry; and Jennifer Richeson, Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology.
  • Nicholas Read, Henry Ford II Professor of Physics and Professor of Applied Physics and Mathematics, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Charles Ahn, John C. Malone Professor of Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and Physics, has been named a Fellow of the Materials Research Society
  • Peter Schiffer, Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Applied Physics, has been named a Senior Fellow of the American Association of Universities

FAS faculty have received national fellowships this Spring, including:

Other faculty prizes and awards celebrate the breadth of excellence in the FAS:

And warm congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Yale College teaching prizes, including Shelly Kagan, Clark Professor of Philosophy, winner of the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for teaching excellence in the humanities; Brian Scassellati, A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of Computer Science and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, winner of the Dylan Hixon ’88 Prize for teaching excellence in the natural sciences; Claudia Valeggia, Professor of Anthropology, winner of the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for teaching excellence in the social sciences; Camille Thomasson, Lecturer in Film and Media Studies, winner of the Richard H. Brodhead ’68 Prize for teaching excellence by a non-ladder faculty member; and Dana Angluin, Professor of Computer Science, winner of the Harwood F. Byrnes/Richard B. Sewall Teaching Prize, given to a faculty member who over a long period of service has inspired a great number of students and consistently fostered learning both inside and outside the classroom.

This list represents only represents awards and recognition brought to our attention since early March. I’m sure that there are others that we do not know of, and that there will be more to come. We encourage you to tell the FAS Dean’s Office of such honors, so that we can celebrate them with you.

It is a privilege to work with you all.


Tamar Szabó Gendler

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy

Professor of Psychology and Cognitive