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Associate Dean for the Social Sciences: Jack Nagel
July 14, 2009, Volume 56, No. 01


Nagel, Jack

Dr. Jack Nagel, the Steven F. Goldstone Endowed Term Professor of Political Science, is the Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, effective July 1, 2009. He will oversee the departments of anthropology, criminology, economics, history and sociology of science, political science, and sociology; several research centers with ties to these departments; and the Fels Institute of Government.

SAS Dean Rebecca Bushnell called him a “distinguished scholar of democratic theory, electoral systems, social choice, and political participation.” Dr. Nagel has been at Penn since 1971. He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and his doctorate from Yale.

The recipient of awards including grants from the NSF and the Fulbright and IRIS programs, Dr. Nagel has an accomplished record of academic leadership in SAS. As chair of political science, 2000-2003, he led a successful effort to build that department’s faculty and programs. More recently, as the School’s Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, 2004-2008, he implemented a number of reforms that greatly strengthened graduate education by aligning financial aid, tuition, and decision-making processes with educational goals.

Dr. Nagel succeeds Dr. Robert DeRubeis, who has returned to full-time research and teaching in the department of psychology.


Almanac - July 14, 2009, Volume 56, No. 01