Box-Steffensmeier elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

TDA affiliate Janet Box-Steffensmeier was among three Ohio State faculty elected to the 237th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Janet Box-Steffensmeier

Janet Box-Steffensmeier

The 228 new members elected include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers and artists, along with civic, business and philanthropic leaders. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 7 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Box-Steffensmeier is the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science and a Distinguished University Scholar. Her work focuses on political methodology and American politics. She is one of the top political methodologists working on event history, time series analysis and network modeling and is well known for incorporating heterogeneity into analyses of political dynamics. Temporal change and dynamics are a driving theme throughout her substantive and methodological work. She has made lasting contributions to our understanding of the evolution of political behavior and political institutions through the development of new methods, data and theory. Her work has extensive support from the National Science Foundation.

She was an inaugural fellow of the Society for Political Methodology. She has twice received the Gosnell Award for the best work in political methodology and the Emerging Scholar Award of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). She received the Political Methodology Career Achievement Award in 2013 and the Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2016 from the Political Methodology Society. In that same year, the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research honored her with the Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences.

Box-Steffensmeier is the current vice president for the APSA and previously served as the treasurer. She was also the president of the Political Methodology Society and Midwest Political Science Association. She has been an associate editor of both Political Analysis and the American Journal of Political Science.

Box-Steffensmeier founded the Visions in Methodology conference, funded by the National Science Foundation, to support women who study political methodology by providing opportunities for scholarly progress and professional mentoring. Ohio State hosted the first VIM meeting in 2008. The Box-Steffensmeier Graduate Student Award, given annually by the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research, is named for her in recognition of her contributions in political methodology and her support of women in this field. In 2013, Box-Steffensmeier was recognized for Outstanding Professional Achievement for Scholarship and Mentorship by the Women’s Caucus for the Midwest Political Science Association.

Ohio State University has recognized Box-Steffensmeier with the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2012 and an Undergraduate Mentor Award in 2009. The Department of Political Science honored her in 2013 with a Distinguished Teaching Award.

Box-Steffensmeier graduated Magna Cum Laude from Coe College and received her PhD from the Department of Government, University of Texas, in 1993. She joined the faculty in the Department of Political Science in 1993. In 2013, she was appointed faculty representative to the Ohio State Board of Trustees. In 2014, she was appointed divisional dean for the Social and Behavioral Sciences for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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