Scott Appleby Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Author: Joan Fallon

Scott Appleby, professor of history and John M. Regan Jr. Director of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.   

University of Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Scott Mainwaring, the Eugene P. and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science and director of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, also were elected as AAAS members. 

The Academy is the nation’s leading learned society, recognizing people who have made outstanding contributions to science, scholarship, public affairs, and the arts. Its members include Marian Anderson, Alexander Graham Bell, Aaron Copland, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Margaret Mead, and more than 250 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. “Foreign Honorary Members” have included Henri Cartier-Bresson, Winston Churchill, Pablo Neruda, Laurence Olivier, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. 

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1985), Appleby teaches courses in peace studies and in the history of modern religion. His current research and writing focus on the dialogue between secular and religious traditions, and religious dimensions of contemporary conflicts.

From 1988 to 1993, he was co-director with Martin E. Marty of the Fundamentalism Project, an international public policy study conducted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his books are The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation; Strong Religion; and Spokesmen for the Despised: Fundamentalist Leaders of the Middle East. Appleby co-chaired the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy, which recently released the report “Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy.”

He also directs Contending Modernities, a major new multi-year project to examine the interaction among Catholic, Muslim, and secular forces in the modern world. He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates, from Fordham University, Scranton University and St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.

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