Dolores Albarracín Elected Into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Albarracín is being honored for her contributions to the psychological sciences. 

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced this week that PIK Professor Dolores Albarracín has been named an elected member of its class of 2024.

Founded in 1780, the Academy honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together to advance society. Academy studies have helped set the direction of research and analysis in science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy, education, and the humanities.

“We honor these artists, scholars, scientists, and leaders in the public, non-profit, and private sectors for their accomplishments and for the curiosity, creativity, and courage required to reach new heights,” says David Oxtoby, president of the Academy. “We invite these exceptional individuals to join in the Academy’s work to address serious challenges and advance the common good.”

She is among 250 new members elected to the Academy in 2024. She is joined by four other faculty affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania — Professors Charles L. Kane, Edward D. Mansfield, Virgil Percec, and Deborah A. Thomas of the School of Arts & Sciences.

Albarracín is the Alexandra Heyman Nash University Professor; a PIK Professor with appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication, School of Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing, and Wharton School; and the director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Science of Science Communication Division.

As a social psychologist who studies social cognition, attitudes, and behavioral change, Albarracín has published six books and nearly 200 journal articles. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and American Academy of Political and Social Science and the editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition. The Society of Social and Personality Psychology, of which Albarracín is past president, recognized her with the Award for Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Research on Attitudes and Social Influence in 2018 and the Diener Award in Social Psychology in 2020. 

She was recently elected a 2023 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow.

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