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  • Recent Awards and Honors

    Research. Teaching. Scholarship. Service. Each year, Maxwell faculty, students and staff distinguish themselves as educators, investigators and future leaders committed to excellence in the public interest. Their awards and accolades are many. To follow is a partial list of notable recent honors.

  • Nabatchi and Schwegman earn NASPAA distinctions

    Maxwell Professor Tina Nabatchi, and a PhD student in public administration, David Schwegman, were each individually honored at the recently concluded NASPAA annual conference in Los Angeles. Nabatchi received the 2019 Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award and Schwegman was selected as a 2019 NASPAA Emerging Scholar.


    NAPA names four fellows from Maxwell School faculty

    Four Maxwell School faculty members have been selected to join the National Academy of Public Administration as 2019 Academy Fellows. The inductees — all of them professors of public administration and international affairs — are James E. Baker, Leonard Burman, Leonard Lopoo, and Peter Wilcoxen.


    EMPA student Katy Quartaro named a 2019 Tillman Scholar

    In its third year as one of only 15 Pat Tillman Foundation University Partners, Syracuse University proudly announces Katy Quartaro ’18, G’20 as its 2019 Tillman Scholar. Quartaro, currently pursuing an executive master of public administration degree, is one of only 60 students nationwide to be awarded the prestigious scholarship.


    Historian Junko Takeda named first Daicoff Faculty Scholar

    Junko Takeda, an associate professor of history at Maxwell who focuses on European and global histories, has been named the inaugural Daicoff Faculty Scholar. The professorship was created last year by a $160,000 gift from Maxwell alumna Cathy L. Daicoff ’79 MPA, a long-time member of the Maxwell Advisory Board and its current vice chair.


    Madonna Harrington Meyer named University Professor

    Madonna Harrington Meyer, professor of sociology in the Maxwell School and Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, was recently named a University Professor by Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly. The prestigious distinction is granted to faculty who excel in their fields and who have made extraordinary scholarly contributions as judged by their peers nationally and internationally.


    IR student Cynthia Wang receives Critical Language Scholarship

    Cynthia Wang ’19 BA (IR) has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship and will study Azerbaijani in Azerbaijan. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities.


    Deborah Pellow to receive Wasserstrom Prize for Graduate Teaching

    Deborah Pellow, professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and the Maxwell School, is the 2019 recipient of the William Wasserstrom Prize for the Teaching of Graduate Students. A&S Dean Karin Ruhlandt will confer the prize on her at the Graduate School Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 10.


    2019 Moynihan junior faculty award to be given to Pezzarossi

    This year's Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research, recognizing outstanding non-tenured faculty members at the Maxwell School, will be given to Guido Pezzarossi, assistant professor of anthropology. The award will be presented at the Maxwell School’s annual Graduate Convocation Ceremony on Friday, May 10, in Hendricks Chapel.


    Champion awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to Russia

    Craige Champion, professor of history, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to Russia. The award will allow Champion to teach at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow for the fall term of 2019, and to conduct research and writing in Moscow and St. Petersburg on his current book project, Citizen and Empire in Democratic Athens and Republican Rome.


    Maxwell students named 2019-20 Remembrance Scholars

    Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee has chosen the 35 students who will be the 2019-20 Remembrance Scholars. The scholarships were founded as a tribute to—and means of remembering—the 35 students who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.


    Maxwell faculty, students honored at One University Awards ceremony

    Syracuse University held the third annual One University Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Hendricks Chapel, honoring dozens of members of the University community for their scholarship, teaching, academic achievement, leadership and service.


    Model UN team named Outstanding Delegation at spring 2019 conference

    The Syracuse University-College of Arts and Sciences-Maxwell School Model United Nations Team was named an “Outstanding Delegation” for its portrayal of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the National Model United Nations conference held April 13-19 in New York City. Eighteen students majoring in International Relations participated as delegates in this academic conference.


    Anthropology Professor Hans Buechler marks 50 years of service

    Syracuse University honored Hans Buechler, professor of anthropology, for 50 years of service at the One University Awards on April 12, 2019. Buechler is an anthropologist at heart. He is fascinated by people and their stories—where they come from, what they do in their working lives and how it shapes their world view.


    Policy Studies student Kyle Rosenblum named 2020 Senior Class Marshal

    The Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience has announced Kyle Rosenblum, a student in Maxwell's Policy Studies Program, and Serena Ogie Evah Omo-Lamai as the Senior Class Marshals for the Class of 2020. As Senior Class Marshals, Rosenblum and Omo-Lamai will represent and lead their class during Syracuse University’s 166th Commencement ceremony.


    Supreme Court scholar Thomas Keck is a 2019 Carnegie Fellow

    Thomas M. Keck, professor of political science and the Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics at Maxwell, has been named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. The award is for a period of up to two years, and its anticipated result is a book or major study. Keck’s Carnegie-funded project is titled “Free Expression and Judicial Power.”


    Four Maxwell students named 2019 Syracuse University Scholars

    Dina Eldawy (International Relations/Citizenship and Civic Engagement), Crystal Letona (Policy Studies), Danielle Schaf (Anthropology), and Nathan Shearn (Anthropology) were among the twelve seniors named as the 2019 Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor that the University bestows.


    Ma wins fellowship from the National Committee on US China Relations

    Yingyi Ma, associate professor of sociology and director of Syracuse University’s Asian/Asian American Studies program, has been awarded a Public Intellectual Program (PIP) fellowship from the National Committee on U.S. China Relations. The highly competitive fellowship provides support for scholars who specialize on China and directly engage with public and policy communities.


    Brege awarded Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti Fellowship

    Brian Brege, assistant professor of history, has been awarded a Villa I Tatti Fellowship from Harvard University. The fellowship houses scholars for one-year, with full stipend, at the I Tatti Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy. Brege will use the fellowship to continue his research on the development of capitalism in Tuscany during the Italian Renaissance.


    Murphy awarded fellowship from John Carter Brown Library

    Tessa Murphy, assistant professor of history, has been awarded a long-term fellowship from the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. As part of the fellowship, Murphy will spend the 2019-20 academic year in residence at the library, where she will have access to their extensive collections of historical documents.


    Sultana awarded international 2019 Glenda Laws Award by AAG

    Farhana Sultana has been awarded the 2019 Glenda Laws Award. The Glenda Laws Award is administered by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and endorsed by members of the Institute of Australian Geographers, the Canadian Association of Geographers, and the Institute of British Geographers. The annual award and honorarium recognize outstanding contributions to geographic research on social issues.


    Hou paper on China’s property tax plan earns prestigious Pu Shan award

    Yilin Hou, professor of public administration and international affairs and senior research associate at the Center for Policy Research, has won a prestigious economic policy research award from the Pu Shan Foundation of China. The paper, "Real Property Tax: Ability to Pay, Distribution of Tax Burden, and Redistribution Effects," is co-authored with Hou’s former doctoral student Ping Zhang, associate professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.


    Sezgin awarded NEH fellowship to study democratization of Islamic laws

    Yüksel Sezgin has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship, supporting research into the complex interplay between democracy and Muslim Family Laws (MFLs) in non-uslim-majority countries. He will use the $60,000 fellowship to work on a book-length comparative study of the democratization of Islamic laws in Greece, Ghana, India and Israel.


    Baltagi awarded 2018 Kuwait Prize in Economics by KFAS

    Badi Baltagi, Distinguished Professor of Economics, was awarded the 2018 Kuwait Prize in Economics and Social Sciences (Economy) by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). The Kuwait Prize recognizes Arab scientists across the globe who have made outstanding lifetime contributions in their research fields.


    The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion announces grant winners

    The Lerner Center is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Faculty Fellows Grant Program. The purpose of the Fellows Grant Program is to fund population health or health promotion research at SU that focuses on impacting health behaviors, institutions, systems, or policies to reduce risk for and/or consequences of chronic disease and/or premature mortality at the individual, community, or societal levels.


    Model UN team named distinguished delegation at conference in DC

    The Syracuse University-Maxwell School Model United Nations team was named a “Distinguished Delegation” for its portrayal of the the Arab Republic of Egypt at the National Model United Nations conference held November 9-11, 2018, in Washington, DC. Thirteen students majoring in international relations participated as delegates in the academic conference.

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