Three from Penn elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Vice Provost for Faculty Anita Allen of the Law School and the School of Arts and Sciences, Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine, and Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein of Perry World House join a group recognized for their world-class leadership and expertise.

Two faculty members and the Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Anita Lafrance Allen, Daniel J. Rader, and Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein were among more than 200 honorees for 2019, recognized for their excellence and accomplishments in their respective fields.

Anita Allen, Daniel Rader, and Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
Penn's Anita L. Allen, Daniel J. Rader, and Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein are among more than 200 newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Allen is Vice Provost for Faculty, the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law at Penn Law, and professor of philosophy in the School of Arts and Sciences

Allen is a major figure in the fields of bioethics, philosophy, feminism, race relations, and jurisprudence. She has contributed to what is widely consider the clearest and most authoritative justification for women’s privacy rights in existence, leading the way in outlining how women’s rights have been denigrated in the public and private spheres. She understands privacy as a broad concept involving personal inaccessibility and covering areas such as anonymity, confidentiality, and secrecy. Her conceptualization has been highly influential in broader debates about women’s rights, both in the public and family context. 

Among numerous other honors, Allen is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Law Institute, and recipient of the Electronic Privacy Information Center Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rader is chair of the Department of Genetics at the Perelman School of Medicine

A physician-scientist whose focus is heart disease prevention, his contributions to our understanding of the genetics and physiology of lipoprotein metabolism and atherosclerosis are world-renowned. Rader has used cutting-edge genomics techniques to identify new genes and pathways involved in heart disease. He has also made crucial translational discoveries related to triglycerides, HDL (or “good” cholesterol), and a rare genetic disorder characterized by extremely high levels of LDL (so-called “bad” cholesterol).

Rader is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the National Academy of Medicine, among many other honors.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence for spring 2019 at Perry World House, Penn’s global policy research institute. 

Al Hussein, a former Jordanian diplomat, served as ambassador to the United States and then the United Nations in New York before being selected as the sixth High Commissioner for Human Rights, a position he served in from 2014 to 2018. During a tenure that saw human rights abuses in Syria, Myanmar, and elsewhere, he earned a reputation for being courageous and outspoken.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators and engages them in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world.

The new members of the Academy will be inducted at a ceremony in October 2019 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The full listing of the 239th class can be found at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“One of the reasons to honor extraordinary achievement is because the pursuit of excellence is so often accompanied by disappointment and self-doubt,” said David W. Oxtoby, the president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. “We are pleased to recognize the excellence of our new members, celebrate their compelling accomplishments, and invite them to join the Academy and contribute to its work.”