Penn History Prof Michael Katz Elected to American Philosophical Society

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460July 12, 2013

Michael Katz has been elected to the American Philosophical Society.  He is the Walter H. Annenberg professor of history and a research associate at the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania

Election to the APS recognizes accomplishments in math and physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts and various professions and recognizes leaders in public and private affairs.

Katz is the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Education, National Academy of Social Insurance and Society of American Historians and has been a Guggenheim Fellow.

Katz’s work focuses on the history of American education, the history of urban social structure and family organization and the history of social welfare and policy. He is the author of more than a dozen books. The most recent, which he co-authored, is Public Education Under Siege. His forthcoming book, The Underserving Poor: America’s Enduring Confrontation with Poverty, is due out in October.

APS, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, is the nation’s first learned society.

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