Michael Katz Elected to American Philosophical Society

May 1, 2013

Michael Katz, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History and Research Associate in the Population Studies Center, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS). The APS honors extraordinary accomplishments in the fields of Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Biological Sciences; Humanities; and Professions, Arts, and Affairs.

Katz’s work focuses on three major areas: the history of American education, the history of urban social structure and family organization, and the history of social welfare and poverty. From 1991-1995 and 2011-2012, he was Chair of the History Department; from 1983-1996 he directed or co-directed the undergraduate Urban Studies Program; and in 1994, he founded the graduate certificate program in Urban Studies, which he co-directs. In 2007, he was given the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching and Mentoring.

Katz is the author of many books and articles. The most recent, Why Don’t American Cities Burn? was published by Penn Press in fall 2011. His forthcoming books include Public Education Under Siege (June 2013), which he co-authored, and The Underserving Poor: America’s Enduring Confrontation with Poverty (October 2013). His co-authored article, “Immigration and the New Metropolitan Geography” won the prize for the best article in The Journal of Urban Affairs in 2010.

The American Philosophical Society was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin and John Bartram, two years before the founding of the University of Pennsylvania. An eminent scholarly organization of international renown, the APS promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach.