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Sonalde Desai named AAAS Fellow

Lifetime appointment celebrates Prof. Desai's work

At the end of January 2023, Distinguished University Professor and long-time MPRC Faculty Associate Sonalde Desai was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Social, Economic, & Political Sciences section. Dr. Desai's long commitment to the India Human Development Survey, and several associated projects focused on Women's empowerment in recent years, have had a profound impact on demographic research in India and elsewhere.

Dr. Desai is part of a class of new Fellows that "hails from academic institutions, laboratories and observatories, hospitals and medical centers, museums, global corporations, nonprofit organizations, institutes and government agencies (including from the U.S. presidential administration), according to a AAAS announcement. "AAAS is proud to elevate these standout individuals and recognize the many ways in which they’ve advanced scientific excellence, tackled complex societal challenges, and pushed boundaries that will reap benefits for years to come,” said Sudip S. Parikh, Ph.D., AAAS chief executive officer.

See the University of Maryland announcement

See the AAAS announcement