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Professors Christine Jolls, Dan M. Kahan Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Two members of the Yale Law School faculty have been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies.

Those newly elected to the Class of 2013 include Christine Jolls, Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law and Organization, and Dan M. Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law; Professor of Psychology.
Professor Jolls’ research and teaching concentrates in the areas of employment law, behavioral law and economics, government administration, consumer protection, and privacy law. She is also the Director of the Law and Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, and earned her Ph.D in economics from M.I.T. 

Professor Kahan focuses his areas of research and teaching on risk perception, criminal law, and evidence. Prior to coming to Yale in1999, Kahan was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School. He has also served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Harry Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He graduated from Middlebury College and Harvard Law School.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences includes some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts. This year, 198 new members were elected. The Academy is a leading center for independent policy research, and members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social police and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education.

“Election to the Academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good,” said Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz. “We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day.”
Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony in the fall at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.