Five Yale Scholars Elected Fellows Of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

President Richard C. Levin and Yale trustee Jose Cabranes were among the 146 individuals elected recently as fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, along with faculty members David Bromwich, the Bird White Housum Professor of English and Peter W. Jones, professor of mathematics; and J.D. McClatchy, editor of The Yale Review. All were chosen in recognition of their distinguished contributions to science, scholarship, public affairs and the arts.

The Yale scholars join a membership of approximately 4,000 fellows nationwide, including 160 Nobel laureates and 65 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Richard C. Levin devoted nearly two decades to teaching and scholarship at Yale before becoming the University’s 22nd president in 1993. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1974, the same year he earned his Ph.D. in economics from Yale. He served as chair of the economics department from 1987 to 1992, when he became dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and was appointed the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics. Levin is nationally known for his studies of technological change and its impact on industry, and has written widely on such topics as the patent system, industrial research and development, and the effects of antitrust and public regulation on private industry. A series of papers he wrote in the 1970s and 1980s have been credited with influencing the course of railroad deregulation.

As Yale president, Levin has established initiatives in partnership with the City of New Haven in the areas of neighborhood revitalization, education, human services and economic development. In addition, he established the President’s Public Service Fellowships to give undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to perform public service work in the city during the summer months, and instituted the Yale Homebuyer Program, which provides a financial incentive for faculty and staff to purchase homes in New Haven.

Jose Cabranes, who earned his J.D. from the Law School in 1965, has been a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit since 1994. Prior to that appointment by President Bill Clinton, he served for 15 years as a U.S. district judge for the District of Connecticut, including two years as a chief judge of that court. Before becoming a federal judge, he was general counsel and director of government relations at Yale for four years.

A native of Puerto Rico, Cabranes has also served as special counsel to the governor of Puerto Rico and head of the commonwealth’s Washington, D.C. office. He was a founding member and served as chair of the board of directors of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, a public interest law firm in New York City. A Yale trustee since 1987, Cabranes’ honors include being cited by the National Puerto Rican Coalition and affiliated organizations as a model of professional achievement for the Puerto Rican community.

David Bromwich is a scholar of Romantic and modern poetry, the history of literary criticism and 18th- and 19th-century moral philosophy. He graduated from Yale College in 1973 and earned his Ph.D. at the University in 1977. He taught for a decade at Princeton University, joined the Yale faculty in 1988 and was appointed the Bird White Housum Professor of English in 1995. He was director of the Whitney Humanities Center 1991-94.

Bromwich is the author of “Politics by Other Means,” as well as “Hazlett: the Mind of a Critic” and “A Choice of Inheritance: Self and Community from Edmund Burke to Robert Frost,” both of which were nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. He has served as poetry editor of “Tikkun” and has been a consultant for a poetry series on National Public Radio. His honors include a Prize Teaching Fellowship from Yale, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rosenthal Prize from Poetry magazine.

Peter W. Jones is a specialist in the field of complex and harmonic analysis, probability theory, dynamical systems and the theory of complexity in theoretical political science. He came to Yale in 1985 after teaching for six years at the University of Chicago. For several years he lived in Sweden, where he served as assistant director of the Institut Mittag-Leffler. He was the Goran Gustafsson Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology – KTH – in Sweden in 1990. At Yale, he was director of graduate studies in mathematics 1993-95.

In 1994, Jones became the youngest person to receive an honorary degree from KTH for his “pathbreaking scientific contributions to modern mathematic analysis” and for promoting the study of mathematics at the institute. He continues to maintain strong ties with the Swedish mathematical community. Jones’ other honors include a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Salem Prize and a Presidential Young Investigator Award.

J.D. McClatchy, who earned his Ph.D. from Yale in 1974, is a prize-winning poet, literary critic and opera librettist. He has been editor of The Yale Review since 1991. Previously, he served for 10 years as the poetry editor for the literary journal. He was an assistant professor of English at Yale 1974-81.

McClatchy has written four volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is “10 Commandments,” published this year. He has also authored numerous works of criticism of contemporary poetry and literary essays, and has edited several volumes, including “The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry.” He recently wrote “20 Questions,” a meditation on the mysteries of poetry and its relationship to life. He has written four opera librettos, including the one for “Emmeline,” which was presented recently by the New York City Opera. In addition to fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, McClatchy’s honors include an O. Henry Award for fiction and a Michener Award, among others.

Founded in 1780 by John Adams and other leaders of the young republic, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences was created as a learned society “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent and virtuous people,” according to its charter. Fellows address issues facing American society through interdisciplinary and collaborative projects and publications. Among the current projects, for example, are a long-term study of current global security issues and an exploration of the critical problems confronting children in American society, with a particular emphasis on health and education. The academy also publishes a journal, Daedalus, which examines topics of concern in American intellectual life.

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