Faculty Honors and Awards | 2022


Six faculty receive MIT SHASS Research Fund awards for 2022
The SHASS Research Fund supports research in the Institute's humanities, arts, and social science fields that shows promise of making an important contribution to the proposed area of activity. Congratulations, all!


Upper Row: Dwai Banerjee, Associate Professor, Program in Science, Technology, and Society; Tristan Brown, Assistant Professor, History; Eric Goldberg, Professor of History. Lower Row: Nick Montfort, Professor, Comparative Media Studies/Writing; Tanalís Padilla, Professor of History; Ken Urban, Senior Lecturer, Music and Theater Arts

Joshua Bennett receives the MLA's Scarborough Prize
Bennett, a former diversity pre-doctoral fellow in MIT Literature, received the prize for his book Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man (Harvard University Press). The Committee's citation reads, in part: "Brilliant in its approach and gorgeous in its prose, Joshua Bennett’s Being Property Once Myself employs conceptual frames from ecological criticism and animal studies to recast and reinterpret the African American literary imagination."
Press Release | Joshua Bennett | About the book | Review, LA Review of Books

Professor Joshua Bennett at the University of Pittsburgh; Book Cover

Shigeru Miyagawa awarded the São Paulo Excellence Chair
The award, given by the São Paulo Research Foundation, recognizes Professor Miyagawa's his work in language and evolution and will support research at the University of São Paulo in archeology, biology, linguistics, and animal communication studies. Miyagawa will be appointed as a visiting faculty member in USP’s Biosciences Institute.
Miyagawa website | São Paulo Research Foundation

Jennifer Light receives Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Awards from ASA
Light, the Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science and Technology, and a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, received the honor from the American Sociological Association's Section on Children and Youth for her paper, "Students as Economic Actors, Past and Present," published in the Harvard Educational Review, 89(1): 85–108.
Award citation | Paper | Light webpage | Story at MIT News



Nilma Dominique, lecturer in Portuguese, in the MIT Global Languages section

Nilma Dominique honored with 2022 MLK Jr. Leadership Award
Dominique, a lecturer in Portuguese in Global Languages, received the award, given to members of the MIT community who embody Dr. King’s commitment to community service, integrity, leadership, and creativity.
Story | MLK Awards page

Kate Brown receives grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Brown, the Thomas M. Siebel Distinguished Professor in History of Science, has been awarded an NEH grant for a project is titled "Little Gardens Everywhere: The Self-Provisioning City in the Long 20th Century."
NEH Announcement | List of Grants | Kate Brown webpage

Harriet Ritvo named a Fellow of the Linnean Society
Ritvo, the Arthur J. Connor Professor of History Emeritus works in the fields of environmental and natural history, the history of human-animal relations, and British and British empire history. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Harriet Ritvo webpage

Simon Jäger receives 2022 Research Fellowship from Alfred Sloan Foundation
Awarded to 118 of the brightest young scientists across the U.S. and Canada, the Sloan Research Fellowships are among the most competitive awards available to early-career researchers. Jager holds the Silverman Family Career Development Chair in the MIT Department of Economics.
Press Release | Simon Jäger

Sherry Turkle named 2021 National Jewish Book Award winner
Turkle was awarded the 2021 Krauss Fam­i­ly Award in Mem­o­ry of Simon & Shu­lamith (Sofi) Goldberg for her memoir The Empathy Diaries.
Award announcement | About the book




Marcia Bartusiak, Professor of the Practice of Science Writing emeritus

Bartusiak named Distinguished Lecturer by Sigma Xi Scientific Honorary Society 
Marcia Bartusiak, Professor of the Practice of Science Writing emeritus, will give lectures during 2022-23. Sigma Xi is designed to reward excellence in scientific research and to encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among scientists in all fields.
Announcement | Becoming a lecturer

Fostering an enriching and compassionate research environment
Committed to Caring honoree Athulya Aravind helps her graduate students navigate research and academia.
Story at MIT News