Conferred by the Social Science Research Council, an independent international nonprofit institution headed by Harold F. Linder Professor Alondra Nelson, the biennial prize is awarded to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to international, interdisciplinary social science research, theory, and public communication.
Scott is cited as “the epitome of a broad-ranging scholar with influence across a multitude of disciplines.” The committee also noted that “a gentle, humanistic approach toward policy runs through Scott’s enormously influential oeuvre, making him a fitting candidate for this prize.”
Scott is the Sterling Professor of Political Science, professor of anthropology, and codirector of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University.
Previous Hirschman Prize recipients include 2009 recipient Charles Tilly, Member (1970–71) in the School of Social Science; and 2007 recipient Dani Rodrik, who was the Albert O. Hirschman Professor in the School of Social Science from 2013 to 2015.
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