The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced the 2020 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows.
Each of the twenty-seven scholars will receive a grant of up to $200,000 over two years to help underwrite research that addresses an enduring social issue and leads to the publication of a book or major study.
Selected from a pool of three hundred and twenty-two nominees, this year's cohort includes fourteen individuals from public institutions of higher education, twelve from private colleges or universities, and one journalist working with a think tank. Research topics to be explored include how online town halls with members of Congress can help shape public policy; how women in Native communities in the United States conceive of and work toward democratic ideals; approaches to countering extremism and the spread of disinformation on social media platforms; how faith and science can be brought together to mobilize public support for environmental policies; the impact, in other countries as well as domestically, of the United States' precision airstrikes; and whether humanitarian aid in the Middle East is effective in ending conflicts or unintentionally prolongs them.
"The pursuit of knowledge and the generation of ideas were critically important to the [foundation's] founder, Andrew Carnegie, whose mission is especially relevant today as our society confronts problems that have been greatly exacerbated by COVID-19," said Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian. "Fellows from earlier classes are actively addressing the coronavirus through their research on topics such as its impact on rural America, government authority during a pandemic, and ways in which different countries address infectious diseases. The work of this exemplary Class of 2020 will also be of service across a range of other crucial issues."
For a complete list of this year's Carnegie Fellows, see the Carnegie Corporation of New York website.