Nussbaum to Receive 2012 Sidney Hook Memorial Award
Martha Nussbaum has been announced as the recipient of Phi Beta Kappa Society's 2012 Sidney Hook Memorial Award, an award recognizing national distinction by a single scholar in each of three endeavors—scholarship, undergraduate teaching and leadership in the cause of liberal arts education.
The award is given every three years. Previous recipients are Leon Lederman, John Hope Franklin, Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Natalie Zemon Davis, Jonathan Spence, Charles Tilly, and John Seery.
Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School. She is an Associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She is the founder and Coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism.
She is the author of more than a dozen books, most recently From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law (2010), Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010), and Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011). She has also edited fourteen books. Her Supreme Court Foreword, "Constitutions and Capabilities," appeared in 2007 and will ultimately become a book to be published by Harvard. Her current book in progress is Political Emotions: The Public Psychology of a Decent Society; it is under contract to Harvard.