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Heinz College Faculty Member Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Daniel Nagin, Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics in Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Nagin is one of nearly 270 members elected this year from academia, the arts, industry, policy, research, and science.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from multiple fields to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together to cultivate art and science that may advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.

“I am honored to be elected to the Academy, an organization that for more than two centuries has encouraged individuals in academia and elsewhere to address the challenges facing our nation,” said Nagin.

In his research, Nagin focuses on the evolution of criminal and antisocial behaviors over the life course, the deterrent effect of criminal and non-criminal penalties on illegal behaviors, and the development of statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data.

“We are delighted, and not surprised, to learn of this tremendous honor bestowed upon Daniel Nagin,” said Ramayya Krishnan, dean of Heinz College. “Daniel joins an esteemed group of honorees, including Benjamin Franklin, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Nelson Mandela. We are proud that his work has been recognized by such a highly respected body.”

Nagin received his Ph.D. in 1976 from what is now Heinz College. He joined CMU as a professor in 1986. Since 2006, he has served as Heinz College’s Associate Dean of Faculty. Nagin recently co-edited the journal Criminology and Public Policy, chaired the National Research Council’s Committee on Deterrence and the Death Penalty, and served as Deputy Secretary for Fiscal Policy and Analysis in the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

Nagin received the American Society of Criminology’s Edwin H. Sutherland Award in 2006, the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2014, CMU’s Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award in 2015, and the National Academy of Science Award for Scientific Reviewing in 2017.

“With the election of these members, the Academy is honoring excellence, innovation, and leadership, and recognizing a broad array of stellar accomplishments,” said David W. Oxtoby, President of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. “We hope every new member celebrates this achievement and joins our work advancing the common good.”

Nagin and the other elected members will take part in an induction on September 29, 2023, with a formal ceremony the following day, in Cambridge, Mass.

About Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. In 2016, INFORMS named Heinz College the #1 academic program for Analytics Education. For more information, please visit