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Ver Steeg Fellowship

The fifteenth annual Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship Award. The Ver Steeg Fellowship supports research and scholarship by tenured Northwestern professors whose work enhances the national and international reputation of the University, and carries an award of $40,000 per award recipient. Two winners annually. Clarence Ver Steeg was for many years a faculty member in the Department of History, served as Dean of The Graduate School, and was a leader in the Northwestern community.

Congratulations to the 2020 Recipients

David Austen-Smith

David Austen-Smith

Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at the Kellogg School of Management

David Austen-Smith is the Peter G. Peterson Chair of Corporate Ethics and Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, at the Kellogg School of Management. He is the author of two books and more than fifty articles, published in top economics and political science journals. A central figure in the intellectual movement to develop positive theories for the performance of political institutions, his work is widely cited and highly influential. His most cited research uses mathematical models, namely game theory, to analyze strategic behavior in elections, lobbying and campaign contributions. Austen-Smith is also the former chair of the Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences Department at Kellogg, and director of the Ford Center for Global Citizenship, and was the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Political Science in Weinberg College before transferring to Kellogg. His awards include fellowships in the Game Theory Society in 2017, the Econometric Society in 2012, and in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000, and he is an associate member of the Toulouse School of Economics in France. He received his PhD in economics from Cambridge University in 1978.

Cynthia Coburn

Cynthia Coburn

Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, and of Learning Science, in the School of Education and Social Policy

Cynthia Coburn is Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, and of Learning Science, in the School of Education and Social Policy and Faculty Associate at the Institute for Public Policy at Northwestern. Coburn is widely known for her contributions to the field of organizational research in Education. She is known for rigorous qualitative and mixed methods studies, which she has used to study the relationship between educational policy and teachers’ classroom practices in urban schools and research use by educational policymakers. She is the co-editor of the acclaimed book, Research and practice in education: Building alliances, bridging the divide, and an author of nearly fifty articles. She is the principal investigator for many major grants, including from the William T. Grant Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Institute for Education Sciences. This year she was elected to the National Academy of Education, and has received an honorary degree from the UCLouvain, Belgium, among her many honors. Coburn has a BA in philosophy from Oberlin College, and a MA in Sociology and a PhD in Education from Stanford University.