Post date: May 2, 2002 -- 1 p.m.
Harvard Law School Professors Steven Shavell and Anne-Marie Slaughter were among five professors elected fellows in the field of law by the American Academy of Arts and Science. Fellows are nominated and elected for the lifetime appointment by members of their academic discipline--in this case, social sciences. The Academy will welcome this year's new fellows and foreign honorary members at the annual induction ceremony October.
"The Academy is pleased to welcome these outstanding and influential individuals to the nation's most illustrious learned society," said Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks in a press release announcing the selections. "Election to the American Academy is the result of a highly competitive process that recognizes those who have made preeminent contributions to all scholarly fields and professions."
Shavell, the director of the Law School's John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business, was appointed to the faculty in 1980. In 2000, he was named the Samuel R. Rosenthal Professor of Law. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shavell currently serves as the president of the American Law and Economics Association.
Slaughter, the director of the Law School's Graduate and International Legal Studies program, has a master and doctorate degree in philosophy from Oxford University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. A member of the Harvard Law School faculty since 1994, Slaughter was recently elected president of the American Society of International Law.
The American Academy of Arts and Science was founded in 1780 to "advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." Previous Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members include George Washington and Ben Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth. The current membership includes more than 150 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners. Drawing on the wide-ranging expertise of its membership, the American Academy conducts thoughtful, innovative, non-partisan studies on international security, social policy, education, and the humanities.
Shavell and Slaughter join 15 other Harvard Law School faculty members previously inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.