Distinguished Professor Frances Fox-Piven (Political Science) — an internationally renowned social scientist, scholar, and activist for the poor and for working people — will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Rutgers University.
Piven has been politically engaged with improving the lives of America’s poor since the 1960s. An expert in the development of the welfare state, political movements, urban politics, voting, and electoral politics, she has taught at the Graduate Center for more than 30 years.
“The central theme of Piven’s work as a scholar and activist has been ‘for people to discover the latent power in the cooperative roles they play in a range of institutions,’ and to recognize that they can change society,” Rutgers administrators noted in an official statement.
Among her many books are the best-selling Poor People’s Movements (1977); Mean Season: The Attack on the Welfare State (1987); and Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? The Essential Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Loves to Hate (2011).
The doctorate will be presented at Rutgers’ 249th Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 17.
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Distinguished and Presidential Professor Robert Reid-Pharr (English/American Studies) has been named a member of the prestigious Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.
Reid-Pharr, who directs the GC’s Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC), is one of 15 inductees, each of whom served at least one year at Johns Hopkins University.
All have subsequently gained “marked distinction elsewhere in their fields of physical, biological, medical, social, or engineering sciences or in the humanities,” according to the 626-member society.
Before joining the Graduate Center in 2010, Reid-Pharr was an assistant and associate professor of English at Johns Hopkins.
A highly regarded specialist in African American culture and a prominent scholar in the field of race and sexuality studies, he has published three books — Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American (1999); Black, Gay, Man: Essays (2001); and Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual (2007) — and numerous essays.
The induction ceremony will take place on Monday, April 13, in Baltimore.