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Susan Cotts Watkins ’60

BOX_watkins_sue.jpgSusan Cotts Watkins ’60 has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2009. A professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, her work focuses on the role of social networks in large-scale demographic and social change, such as the AIDS epidemic in Africa. “My Guggenheim project, Navigating AIDS in Rural Malawi, draws on a particularly rich set of data about what rural Malawians say about AIDS to their friends, relatives, and neighbors, as they try to understand and respond to the AIDS epidemic,” Watkins says. She is currently a visiting scientist at the California Center for Population Research at UCLA. In 2005, she received the Irene Taeuber Award for exceptionally sound and innovative research from the Population Association of America and has been an elected member of the Sociological Research Association since 1994.

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