Annenberg Faculty Elected to 2021 Class of AAAS Fellows

Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Duncan Watts join eight other Penn scholars in their election to the newest class of Fellows.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has announced their elections to the newest class of AAAS Fellows, and among the honorees are Annenberg faculty Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Duncan Watts. Jamieson and Watts are among 564 scientists, engineers, and innovators to be elected to the 2021 class of Fellows, including eight other Penn scholars

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is a leading scientific society with a mission to advance science, engineering, and innovation. AAAS Fellows are nominated and elected by current AAAS members for their unique contributions to the scientific enterprise and their potential for future innovation. Election as an AAAS Fellow is among the highest honors in the scientific community, recognizing the excellence of the Fellows’ work and placing them among some of the most revolutionary minds in the field of science. Our new AAAS Fellows join a brilliant community, both old and new, that has in the past included the likes of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois and Ellen Ochoa.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, where she co-founded Her research examines the science of science communication as well as strategies to combat misinformation. A past winner of Penn’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Jamieson was honored in 2020 with the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal. Jamieson is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Academy of Political and Social Science, and International Communication Association and is a past chair of Penn’s Faculty Senate.

Duncan Watts Headshot


Duncan Watts is a computational social scientist interested in social and organizational networks, collective dynamics of human systems, web-based experiments, and analysis of large-scale digital data, including the production, consumption, and absorption of news. He is the Stevens University Professor and 23rd Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor. In addition to his appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication, he holds faculty appointments in the Department of Computer and Information Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Department of Operations, Information, and Decisions in the Wharton School, where he is the inaugural Rowan Fellow.

Other AAAS Fellows from Penn include Sara Cherry, Susan Davidson, Douglas Durian, Katalin Karikó, I. Joseph Kroll, Mingyao Li, Honjun Song, and E. John Wherry. The full list of 2021 AAAS Fellows can be found on the AAAS website