Five Columbia Professors Named 2009 Fellows of Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 22, 2009Bookmark and Share

Five Columbia professors have been named fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious honorary society and center for independent policy research founded in 1780, bringing “the arts and sciences into constructive interplay with the leaders of both the public and private sectors,” according to its website.

The new inductees from Columbia join 207 new fellows and 19 foreign honorary members inducted from a broad range of disciplines and professions—artists and scientists, jurists and scholars, corporate and civic leaders. The academy's new members come from universities, museums, national laboratories, private research institutes, businesses and foundations.

Columbia professors selected as 2009 fellows include:
 
Patrick BoltonPatrick Bolton, the Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business at the Graduate School of Business, specializes in contract theory and contracting issues in corporate finance and industrial organization. His research is relevant in many different related areas, including optimal debt structure, corporate governance, ownership structure, vertical integration and constitution design. He is co-author of Contract Theory, with Mathias Dewatripont, and co-editor of Credit Markets for the Poor, with Howard Rosenthal. Prior to joining Columbia, Bolton held several prominent academic titles, including John H. Scully '66 Professor of Finance and Economics at Princeton University and Cassel Professor of Money and Banking at the London School of Economics.
 
Dorian GoldfeldDorian Goldfeld, a Columbia mathematics professor since 1985, has made a number of important contributions to the field of number theory. In 1987, he received one of the most prestigious prizes in his field, the Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory, for his solution of Gauss’ class number problem for imaginary quadratic fields. He is also a co-founder of Braid Group Cryptography, a protocol that allows users to communicate securely over public channels. Goldfeld was born in Marburg, Germany and holds bachelor of science and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia.
 
    
 
Rashid Khalidi [Image credit: Alex Levac]
Image credit: Alex Levac
Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was president of the Middle East Studies Association, as well as an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993.  He is author of The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood, which won the Arab American National Museum Book Award, and Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East, among other books, as well as hundreds of journal articles.  He is also a recipient of Columbia’s prestigious Lenfest Teaching Award.
  
 
   
Aron PinczukAron Pinczuk, a professor of applied physics and physics at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, specializes in the unique properties of semiconductors and is known as a leading experimentalist of inelastic light. Pinczuk, originally from Buenos Aires, earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and holds numerous honors, including the Oliver E. Buckley Prize for Condensed Matter Physics bestowed on him by the American Physical Society in 1994. He was affiliated with Bell Labs from 1978 to 2008.
 
 
  
Ross PosnockRoss Posnock, professor of English and comparative literature, specializes in 19th- and 20th-century literature and intellectual history in the United States, as well as the writings of Henry James and W.E.B. Du Bois. He is the author of several books, including Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellectual and Philip Roth's Rude Truth: The Art of Immaturity. Prior to joining Columbia, Posnock was the Andrew Hilen Professor of American Literature at the University of Washington and a professor of English at New York University. He is currently an editor for Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994.
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