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Thelen Receives Wilson Foundation Award

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September 13, 2005
Kathleen Thelen

Kathleen Thelen

Kathleen Thelen, Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science, has been honored with the prestigious 2005 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award of the American Political Science Association for “the best book on government, politics, or international affairs."

The award is for her book, “How Institutions Evolve: The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States and Japan” (Cambridge University Press 2004). The annual award has been given to some of the leading figures in political science. It is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation at Princeton University and has a cash prize of $5,000.

Thelen last year received the Max Planck Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences presented by the Max Planck Society in cooperation with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is also a Permanent External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany, and Appointed Affiliated Visiting Professor at the International Center for Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

A fellow of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern and chair of the executive committee of the Council for European Studies based at Columbia University, Thelen's studies include the origins, development, and effects of institutional arrangements that define distinctive “varieties of capitalism” across the developed democracies. Thelen is currently working on a comparative examination of contemporary changes in labor market institutions in the developed democracies.

She is the author of “Beyond Continuity: Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies” (edited with Wolfgang Streeck, Oxford University Press, 2005).  Her articles have appeared in World Politics, Governance, Comparative Political Studies, Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Studies in American Political Development, Politics & Society, Journal of Japanese Studies among others.

Thelen has received awards and fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (Scheduled Fellow), Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin), Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City, Society for Comparative Research at Yale, National Science Foundation, Science Center in Berlin (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung), Robert Bosch Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, American-Scandinavian Foundation, and Friedrich Ebert Foundation among others.

Thelen has served as a member of the executive boards of the American Political Science Association’s organized sections in Comparative Politics, European Politics and Society, and Qualitative Methods. She is also an appointed member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Social Science Research Center of Berlin (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung).

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