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Hansen named new Social Sciences Dean

University of Chicago President Don Randel announced today that John Mark Hansen, one of the nation’s leading scholars of American politics and the former William R. Kenan Jr. Professor in Political Science, will return to the University as Dean of the Social Sciences Division.

Hansen, currently a professor of political science at Harvard University, will serve a five-year term as Dean, beginning July 1. Hansen succeeds Richard Saller, who served as Social Sciences Dean from 1993 until his appointment as Provost on January 1.

The Acting Dean of the Social Sciences Division, John Lucy, will resume his duties as Master of the Social Sciences Collegiate Division.

Hansen, whose research has focused on interest groups, citizen activism and public opinion, is the author of two books, Mobilization, Participation and Democracy in America (1993) with Steven Rosenstone and Gaining Access: Congress and the Farm Lobby, 1919-1981 (1991).

In 1999, he received the Heinz Eulau Award from the American Political Science Association for the Best Article Published in the American Political Science Review in 1998. He also received the Outstanding Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists for Mobilization, Participation and Democracy in America in 1995.

Hansen’s current research focuses on public opinion, public budgeting and politicians’ inferences from the outcomes of elections.

In addition to his distinguished scholarship, Hansen is an experienced administrator. In the 1990s, he served terms as Chairman of the Political Science Department and as Associate Provost for Education and Research.

He joined the University faculty in 1986 as Assistant Professor in Political Science and was named an Associate Professor in 1992 and a Professor in Political Science in 1994. He served as Chairman of Political Science from 1995 to 1998, when he was named Associate Provost for Education and Research. Hansen received a B.A. in 1981 from the University of Kansas and a M. Phil. in 1983 and Ph.D. in 1987 from Yale University.

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