Kerwin K. Charles, the Indra K. Nooyi Dean & Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Policy & Management, is one of six scholars newly recognized as fellows of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the academy announced today.
“The AAPSS selects a small group of scholars and public servants to be fellows of the academy each year,” the academy said in a press release, “in recognition of their contributions to social science and the extent to which their work has deepened public understanding of human behavior and social dynamics.”
Charles, who has served as Yale SOM’s dean since 2019, was recognized for his scholarship on “earnings and wealth inequality, conspicuous consumption, race and gender labor market discrimination, and other microeconomic issues.” Before coming to Yale, Charles was the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergmann Distinguished Service professor at the University of Chicago, and among other professional duties, he recently served as the vice president of the American Economics Association and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
The AAPSS is one of the oldest academic societies in the United States, having been founded in 1889 in order to bring together experts in rapidly evolving research disciplines and synthesize their work into policy. Each AAPSS fellowship is named for a distinguished scholar who has contributed to The Annals, the academy’s journal. Charles received the Sir Arthur Lewis Fellowship, named for the Saint Lucian economist William Arthur Lewis, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1979 for his contributions to the study of economic development.