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Walder Award

The Martin E. and Gertrude G. Walder Award for Research Excellence is given annually to a faculty member in any school or discipline within the University, in recognition of excellence in research.

The award was established by Dr. Joseph A. Walder, who earned his doctorate and medical degrees at Northwestern, then founded a company which supplies synthetic DNA for research and clinical applications.

Each year the Provost identifies a broad academic field as the area from which nominations are solicited from school deans. The award carries a stipend of $15,000.

Congratulations to the 2015 Recipients

Andrew Koppelman

Andrew Koppelman

John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at the Northwestern University School of Law, professor of political science, and affiliated faculty member in philosophy in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at the Northwestern University School of Law, professor of political science, and affiliated faculty member in philosophy in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the 14th recipient of the Martin E. and Gertrude G. Walder Award for Research Excellence.

Koppelman’s scholarship focuses on issues at the intersection of law and political philosophy. His latest books are “The Tough Luck Constitution and the Assault on Health Care Reform” (Oxford University Press, 2013) and “Defending American Religious Neutrality” (Harvard University Press, 2013). He is a sought-after expert on issues of constitutional theory, free speech, freedom of religion, gay rights and political philosophy. He recently co-authored an amicus brief in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is also an especially influential commentator in traditional and social media. His article, Bad News for Mail Robbers: The Obvious Constitutionality of Health Care Reform, is the most viewed article in the history of the Yale Law Journal Online, garnering over 100,000 hits in the first month of posting. In a 2012 ranking, he ranked #12 in the most cited law faculty who entered teaching since 1992. He has written for The New York Times, Salon, USA Today, Commonweal, the Balkinization blog and dozens of other outlets.

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