Congratulations to Faculty Colleagues

April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017

Provost Office Email Header

April 12, 2017


I'm delighted and proud to tell you that three faculty colleagues have won major honors this past week:

Distinguished Professor Nancy Foner (GC/Hunter, Sociology) has been named a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of Sociology. The Guggenheim Fellowship is awarded on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, this year honoring 173 individuals from an applicant pool of nearly 3,000 scholars, artists, and scientists in the United States and Canada.

A sought-after expert on comparative migration, Professor Foner has written extensively on immigration to New York City past and present, as well as Jamaican migration to New York and London. Among her 18 books are One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press, 2013).

Two members of our faculty have received the signal honor of election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Distinguished Professor Richard D. Alba (Sociology) [pictured right] and Distinguished Professor Charles W. Mills (Philosophy). Founded in 1780, the Academy gathers some of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, and artists for independent policy research on pressing challenges.

An esteemed scholar of race and urban sociology, Professor Alba also serves on the staff of the GC's Center for Urban Research. Increasingly, his teaching and research have taken on a comparative focus, encompassing the immigration societies of North America and Western Europe.

Professor Mills, a celebrated and prolific author, focuses on social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race. His first book, The Racial Contract (Cornell University Press, 1997), is now read in hundreds of courses nationwide, from philosophy to anthropology.

On behalf of the Graduate Center community, I offer my congratulations for these outstanding achievements.

Joy Connolly
Provost and Professor of Classics
The Graduate Center, CUNY