Recent alumna named a visiting scholar by American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences named Joy Lisi Rankin ’15 Ph.D. as one of eight visiting scholars for its 2015-2016 term.

Joy Lisi Rankin

The Visiting Scholars Program provides residential fellowships for junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The program offers scholars a year for research and writing free from teaching and administrative duties, a collaborative work environment, and the opportunity to interact with academy members. It also creates a national network for these scholars, assisting them in their research and professional development.

An historian of computing, community, and gender, Rankin received her Ph.D. last May. Her area of study is “the textures of digitization in daily life since World War II.” While at the American Academy, her research focus will be on a project titled “Becoming Digital: How 1960s Users Created the Computing Age.” Starting in summer of 2016, Rankin will be an assistant professor (tenure-track) at Michigan State University, in the Lyman Briggs and James Madison Colleges.

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. In its work, the academy focuses on higher education, the humanities, and the arts; science and technology policy; global security and energy; and American institutions and the public good.