2016 SHASS Levitan Teaching Awards announced


Recipients of the James A. and Ruth Levitan Teaching Awards in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (MIT SHASS) are among the finest teachers at the Institute. 

Announcing the 2016 award recipients, Dean Nobles remarked, “This prize honors those instructors in our School who have demonstrated outstanding success in teaching our undergraduate and graduate students. These great educators, who are nominated by students themselves, have made a difference in the lives of our remarkable students.”

Warmest congratulations!

2016 Recipients



Junot Diaz | Comparative Media Studies / Writing
Lerna Ekmekcioglu | History


Masami Ikeda-Lamm | Global Studies and Languages
Roberto Rey Agudo | Global Studies and Languages
Charles Shadle  |  Music and Theater Arts

Teaching Assistant

Ludwig Straub | Economics



This award recognizes SHASS teachers—professors, lecturers, and graduate teaching assistants—who make a profound difference in the educational experience of MIT undergraduate and graduate students.

Nominations are made, by students themselves, through the course of the academic year and reflect the positive role that our educators play in the day-to-day, week-to-week efforts of MIT students as they engage with and excel in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. 

The 2016 award recipients were chosen by the SHASS Education Advisory Committee, chaired by Associate Professor David Singer (Political Science), which included Associate Dean Agustin Rayo, Professor Janet Sonenberg (Music and Theater Arts), Associate Professor Christopher Leighton (History), Leyatt Betre ’16, and Andrea Wirth (staff).


Suggested Links 

About the Award

Gallery of Previous SHASS Levitan Teaching Award Recipients