Elizabeth Armstrong has been named a recipient of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a prestigious fellowship that supports research in the social sciences and humanities. She was among 32 distinguished scholars and writers (2 from the University of Michigan) chosen from among nearly 300 nominations. Each winner receives up to $200,000 to support a research sabbatical focused on their studies in the social science and humanities - the most generous stipend of its kind, nicknamed "the brainy awards."
Excerpt from the announcement in the University Record
“Elizabeth Armstrong and J. Alex Halderman are two of the University of Michigan’s most impactful researchers,” said President Mark Schlissel. “Dr. Armstrong’s insights into sexual misconduct prevention and Dr. Halderman’s examinations of the risks of election hacking are helping our nation tackle big challenges. I am proud that their contributions to society are being recognized at such a high level.”
A professor of sociology, organizational studies and women’s studies at LSA, Armstrong focuses on the reproduction of gender, class and race inequalities. She examines these processes in the domain of sexuality and within the organizational context of the university.
“I am honored to be selected as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. The fellowship will enable me to conduct a series of interviews with national leaders and policymakers who have unique insights into the political and legal issues surroundings campus sexual assault,” said Armstrong, who will use the award to extend a project she has been working on with her colleague, Sandy Levitsky, on how universities respond to sexual assault.
“We hope our insights will enable universities to more effectively fulfill their ethical and legal responsibilities to provide educational, work and living spaces free from sexual violence.”
Armstrong, who is also a faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research, said the plans call for a book, peer-reviewed papers, opinion pieces and public speaking sessions after they collect data.
“We are delighted to hear that Dr. Armstrong has been selected as a 2019 Carnegie Fellow,” said Elizabeth R. Cole, interim dean of LSA, and professor of women’s studies, psychology and Afroamerican and African studies.
“To be recognized by such a prestigious group for her groundbreaking work is an accolade she’s certainly earned, and it’s one we’re thrilled to celebrate. Her scholarship illustrates the talent and breadth of our faculty here at LSA, and at the University of Michigan. Elizabeth is an exemplary scholar and I am proud to call her my colleague.”