Desmond King, the University of Oxford's Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Government, has been elected to membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy is one of the United States' oldest learned societies and independent policy research centres, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to national and global challenges.
The Academy's members contribute to its publications and studies in science, engineering, and technology policy; global security and international affairs; the humanities, arts, and education; and American institutions and the public good.
Don Randel, Chair of the Academy’s Board of Directors, said: ‘It is an honour to welcome this new class of exceptional women and men as part of our distinguished membership. Their talents and expertise will enrich the life of the Academy and strengthen our capacity to spread knowledge and understanding in service to the nation.’
‘In a tradition reaching back to the earliest days of our nation, the honour of election to the American Academy is also a call to service,’ said Academy President Jonathan F Fanton. ‘Through our projects, publications, and events, the Academy provides members with opportunities to make common cause and produce the useful knowledge for which the Academy’s 1780 charter calls.’
Professor King, DLitt FBA, specializes in the study of the American state in US executive politics, race and politics in American political development, comparative welfare politics and labour market policy, democratization and immigration policy.