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Awarded every two years, the Hirschman Prize is the highest honor of the Social
Science Research Council. It recognizes excellence in research, theory, and public
communication, in the tradition of German-born American economist Albert Hirschman’s
pioneering role in social science and public policy. Exploring theory and practice, the
history of ideas—economic, social, or political—and innovative approaches to fostering
growth, Hirschman saw scholarship both as a tool for social change and as an inherent
value in a world in need of better understanding. He wrote in ways that help social
science effectively inform public affairs. His work stands as an exemplar of the
necessary knowledge that the SSRC seeks to develop and the interdisciplinary and
international approach that it champions.
The recipient of the 2018 Hirschman Prize is Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Past recipients include Dani Rodrik, Charles Tilly, Benedict Anderson, Abhijit
Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT, and Amartya Sen.