Distinguished Professor Stephanie Jamison of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) has been named to the 237th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Jamison is one of the world’s leading authorities in Sanskrit (the sacred language of India) and in ancient Indo-European languages. She also teaches courses in UCLA’s Indo-European studies program. Her research covers not just languages and linguistics, but also literature and poetics, religion and law, mythology and ritual, and gender studies. Her most recent major publication is a three-volume translation (with Joel P. Brereton) of the Rig Veda, which constitutes some of the world’s oldest literature.
Jamison is the third professor of the ALC department to be elected to the American Academy. She was proceeded by Distinguished Professor Gregory Schopen in 2015 and by Distinguished Professor Robert Buswell in 2016.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing—and opportunities available to—the nation and the world. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science, engineering, and technology policy; global security and international affairs; the humanities, arts, and education; and American institutions and the public good.
The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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