Penn faculty nab book awards, society presidencies

The winner of the 2001-2002 Louis Gottschalk Prize of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies is Daniel K. Richter. Richter, professor of history and Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, is being recognized for his book, “Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America” (Harvard, 2001; see “Research”).


Julia Paley

Kenneth R. Laker

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Julia Paley has been awarded the Sharon Stephens Prize by the American Ethnological Society. Presented once every two years, this honor recognizes Paley’s book, “Marketing Democracy: Power and Social Movements in Post-Dictatorship Chile” (University of California, 2001) as the best ethnography or critical work in contemporary theory by a junior scholar in the field of anthropology.

Kenneth R. Laker, professor of electrical engineering, has been awarded the 2001 Educational Activities Board Meritorious Service Citation by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. Laker served as IEEE president in 1999 and is now chair of both the Trustees for the IEEE History Center and the IEEE Virtual Museum Oversight Committee.

Society presidents

David Ludden, professor of history, will begin his one-year term this April as the elected president of the Association of Asian Studies, the preeminent international organization representing scholars of East, Southeast, and South Asia.

The American Philological Association has elected as its president James J. O’Donnell, professor of classical studies and vice provost for Information Systems and Computing. O’Donnell will lead the society, which is dedicated to the study of ancient Greece and Rome, in 2003.

MLK Campus Awards

Glenn Bryan (W’74, SW’76), assistant to the vice president and director of City and Community Relations, was awarded one of two Campus Awards as part of the seventh annual Interfaith Commemoration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through numerous community initiatives, which range from housing to education, Bryan has helped the local community make better use of Penn’s resources.

Heather Lochridge, cofounder of ALLIES and a senior in Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences, was recognized for her work in raising awareness of LGBT issues, homophobia and heterosexism at Penn.

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Originally published on March 7, 2002