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Seyla Benhabib and Jennifer Prah Ruger Named 2011 Guggenheim Fellows

Seyla Benhabib and Jennifer Prah Ruger have been awarded 2011 fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Benhabib is an adjunct professor at Yale Law School and the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale. Prah Ruger was an adjunct professor at the Law School during the fall term and is an associate professor of epidemiology and public health at Yale. They are among four Yale faculty members honored this year.

A renowned feminist theorist, Benhabib concentrates her research and teaching on 19th- and 20th-century European social and political thought. Her Guggenheim project is titled “The Contested Future of Sovereignty: International Law and Democracy.”

Ruger’s research and scholarship is in public health and health policy, especially the intersection of ethics, economics and politics in health and health care. Her Guggenheim project is “Global Health Justice and Governance.”

Guggenheim grants provide support to exceptional mid-career scholars, scientists, and artists, giving them the opportunity to work on projects with complete creative freedom anywhere in the world. This year, the Foundation selected 180 fellows from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants from across North America. 

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation was established in 1925 by former U.S. Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife in memory of their son. Since its establishment, the Foundation has granted nearly $290 million in Fellowships to more than 17,000 individuals.