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Two CLAS Faculty Named Board of Trustees Distinguished Professors

Nancy A. Naples, professor of sociology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, left, and Kathleen Segerson, professor of economics.

Nancy A. Naples, professor of sociology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, left, and Kathleen Segerson, professor of economics.

Two faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been named Board of Trustees Distinguished Professors, the University’s highest honor for faculty excellence in research, teaching, and service.

Nancy A. Naples, professor of sociology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and Kathleen Segerson, professor of economics, were recognized with this distinction at a meeting of the UConn Board of Trustees on Wednesday, March 26.

“These two researchers are the first representatives of their disciplines to be designated Board of Trustees Distinguished Professors since the honor was established in 1998,” says Jeremy Teitelbaum, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “They have made outstanding contributions to their respective fields and exemplify the quality of research, teaching, and service output from social science faculty in CLAS.”

Naples is internationally known for the development of theoretical and methodological innovations in the fields of sociology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and has served as director of the latter program since 2011.

Her research focuses on the relationships between state, market, other social institutions, and citizenship and how social actors are affected by these factors. She has explored the historical construction and implementation of welfare, immigration, and rural economic development, as well as issues related to sexual identity and sexual abuse.

Naples has demonstrated a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching by facilitating the creation of 25 new courses during her time at UConn. She has served as major advisor to 29 graduate students.

Naples has published two sole-authored books, five edited books, and 60 journal articles and book chapters, and her research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Mental Health, the Center for U.S. Mexican Studies, the American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline, and the National Science Foundation.

Among other awards, Naples received the 2011 Excellence in Research Award for Social Sciences from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and has received the 2011 Feminist Mentor Award and the 2010 Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award from Sociologists for Women in Society. Additionally, Naples is past president of the Eastern Sociological Society, Sociologists for Women in Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Segerson is an internationally recognized economist who specializes in environmental and natural resource economics, law, and applied microeconomics. Her research has focused primarily on the incentive effects of alternative environmental policy instruments and how economic policies impact widespread environmental issues such as groundwater contamination, hazardous waste management, land use regulation, and climate change.

She has served as major advisor for 18 Ph.D. students and regularly teaches courses in microeconomic theory, mathematical economics, and environmental economics. The Association of Graduate Economics Students at UConn has three times named her “Most Appreciated Faculty,” and in 2006 she received the UConn Alumni Association’s Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award.

The author or editor of four books and 116 journal articles and book chapters, Segerson has been instrumental in guiding industry policy and federal regulatory efforts. She has served on national and international advisory committees of the National Academy of Sciences, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Research Council, and the National Science Foundation.

Segerson, the inaugural holder of the Philip E. Austin Endowed Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2008 to 2014, was named a fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in 2008. In 2007, her research contributions were recognized with the Research Excellence Award from the AAUP UConn Chapter. She also is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She is currently co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and member of the editorial board for the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

At UConn, Segerson led the development of the new Environmental Studies major, and is a co-founder and chair of the Teale Lecture Series on Nature and the Environment. She also served as head of the Department of Economics for four years.

Additionally, Professor of Educational Psychology Scott Brown of the Neag School of Education was also named a 2014 Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor. Read more at UConn Today.


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