The American Philosophical Society Welcomes New Members for 2022

The American Philosophical Society is pleased to welcome new Members elected to the Society in 2022. Election to the American Philosophical Society honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields. The APS is unusual among learned societies because its Membership is composed of top scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines.


Tobin Jay Marks
Tobin Jay Marks
Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry, Professor of Applied Physics, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University

Kathleen McKeown
Kathleen McKeown
Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University

Kimberly Prather
Kimberly A. Prather
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

David Spergel
David N. Spergel
President, Simons Foundation; Charles Young Professor of Astronomy Emeritus, Princeton University

Howard Stone
Howard A. Stone
Donald R. Dixon ‘69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor, Chair, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University


Bernard Fanaroff
Bernard Fanaroff
Former Director, Square Kilometre Array South Africa Project; Adviser to the Minister for Trade, Industry and Competition and former adviser to the Director of the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory; Former Deputy Director General in President Mandela’s Office of the President

Stephen Weiner
Stephen Weiner
Professor Emeritus in Biomineralization and Archaeological Science, Weizmann Institute of Science


​​​​​​​Francis Collins
Francis Sellers Collins

Acting Science Advisor to the President, Acting Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; Senior Investigator, Molecular Genetics Section, National Human Genome Research Institute

Karl Deisseroth
Karl Deisseroth

DH Chen Professor, Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

​​​​​​​Christopher Field
Christopher Bower Field

Professor, Department of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy, Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

​​​​​​​Maria Jasin
Maria Jasin

Professor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

​​​​​​​Leslie Vosshall
Leslie B. Vosshall

Robin Chemers Neustein Professor, Head of Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, Director, Kavli Neural Systems Institute, The Rockefeller University; Investigator, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Sandra Diaz
Sandra Díaz

Full Professor of Community and Ecosystems Ecology, Department of Biological Diversity and Ecology, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina; Investigador Superior, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)


Anita LaFrance Allen
Anita LaFrance Allen

Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, Affiliated Faculty, Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, Affiliated Faculty, Department of Africana Studies, Affiliated Faculty, Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences, Affiliated Faculty, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania

​​​​​​​Matthew Desmond
Matthew Desmond

Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

​​​​​​​Elizabeth Hinton
Elizabeth K. Hinton

Professor of Law, Yale Law School, Associate Professor, Department of History and the Department of African American Studies, Yale University

David Laibson
David I. Laibson

Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics, Director, Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative, Faculty Dean, Lowell House, Harvard University; Co-Director, National Bureau of Economic Research Roybal Center on Behavior Change in Health, National Institutes of Health

Jennifer Richeson
Jennifer Richeson

Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology, Yale University


Desmond King
Desmond S. King

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Government, Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford


Mary Carruthers
Mary J. Carruthers

Remarque Professor Emeritus of Literature, New York University; Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford

Didier Fassin
Didier Fassin

Professor, Chair Questions Morales et Enjeux Politiques, Collège de France; James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study; Directeur d’études, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

​​​​​​​Tanya Marie Luhrmann
Tanya Marie Luhrmann

Albert Ray Lang Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University

​​​​​​​Salikoko Mufwene
Salikoko S. Mufwene

The Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor of Linguistics and the College, Professor, Committee of Evolutionary Biology, Professor, Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, Professor, Committee on African Studies, University of Chicago

Robert Peck
Robert McCracken Peck

Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Jahan Ramazani
Jahan Ramazani

University Professor, Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English, University of Virginia


Peter Godfrey-Smith
Peter Godfrey-Smith

Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Sydney

Pierre-Étienne Will
Pierre-Étienne Will

Professor Emeritus of Modern Chinese History, Collège de France


​​​​​​​France Anne-Dominic Córdova
France Anne-Dominic Córdova

President, Science Philanthropy Alliance; Former Director, National Science Foundation; President Emeritus, Purdue University

​​​​​​​Matthew Fletcher
Matthew L. M. Fletcher

Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan

Suzan Shown Harjo
Suzan Shown Harjo
(Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee)
President, The Morning Star Institute

​​​​​​​Alberto Ibargüen
Alberto Ibargüen

President, Knight Foundation

Nicholas Lemann
Nicholas Lemann

Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism, Dean Emeritus, Columbia University

​​​​​​​Leslie Anne Miller
Leslie Anne Miller

Chair, Board of Directors, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tracy Palandjian
Tracy Palandjian

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Social Finance

​​​​​​​Natasha Trethewey
Natasha Trethewey

Poet; Board of Trustees Professor of English, Northwestern University


​​​​​​​Nili Cohen
Nili Cohen

Former President, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities; Professor of Law Emeritus, Former Rector, Tel Aviv University

Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Pianist; Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Orchestre Métropolitain, Montreal; Music Director, Philadelphia Orchestra; Music Director, New York Metropolitan Opera; Honorary Conductor, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

About the American Philosophical Society

The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.”  The Society sustains its mission in four principal ways. It honors and engages distinguished scientists, humanists, social scientists, and leaders in civic and cultural affairs through elected membership and opportunities for interdisciplinary, intellectual fellowship, particularly in the semi-annual Meetings in Philadelphia.  It supports research and discovery through grants and fellowships, lectures, publications, prizes, exhibitions, and public education.  It serves scholars through a research library of some 13 million manuscripts and other collections internationally recognized for their enduring scholarly value. The American Philosophical Society’s current activities reflect the founder’s spirit of inquiry, provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas, and convey the conviction of its members that intellectual inquiry and critical thought are inherently in the public interest.

Early members included George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Marshall.  The Russian Princess Dashkova, president of the Imperial Academy of Sciences of St. Petersburg, was elected in 1789 and was the Society's first female member.  In the nineteenth century, John James Audubon, Robert Fulton, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Maria Mitchell, and Louis Pasteur were among those elected.  Hans Bethe, Willa Cather, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, John Hope Franklin, Robert Frost, George Marshall, Barbara McClintock, and Robert Merton hint at the scientific, humanistic, and public accomplishments of twentieth-century members.

Today the Society has 1,012 elected members, 847 resident members and 165 international members from more than two dozen foreign countries.  Only 5,783 members have been elected since 1743; the Society generally elects fewer than thirty resident members annually.  Since 1900, 269 members have received the Nobel Prize.

New Member photo credits:

Díaz - Daniel M. Cáceres
Godfrey-Smith - Dan Boud
Harjo - Lucy Fowler Williams 
Trethewey - Nancy Crampton
Nézet-Séguin - George Etheredge


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