Professor Kathryn Woolard was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was among 186 American fellows and 12 foreign honorary members selected to the 2013 class, representing some of the world’s top scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 12 at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
“The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of our nation’s most prestigious honor societies, and we are proud to have three additional UC San Diego faculty elected as members,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “The academy is composed of leaders, innovators and visionaries who are tackling some of the world’s most pressing challenges. I look forward to their future successes and achievements, which will ultimately benefit us all.”
Professor Woolard has been a UCSD professor of Anthropology since 1989. A linguistic anthropologist, she earned her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1983. Woolard is recent past president of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology and is currently associate editor of Language in Society and the American Anthropologist. Woolard is an expert on the sociolinguistic situation in Catalonia and one of the leading figures in the anthropological study of language ideologies. She has also published research on Spanish-English language politics in the U.S. and on language and racial ideology in early modern Spain. She is author of, among other works, “Double Talk: Bilingualism and the Politics of Ethnicity in Catalonia” (Stanford University Press).
Since its founding in 1780, the academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.