Paul Edwards named Michigan Senior Fellow

UMSI professor Paul Edwards has been named a Senior Fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows.

The Society of Fellows provides a scholarly community of faculty and postdoctoral fellows across the disciplines. Senior Fellows include many of U-M’s leading scholars.

Edwards, who holds a joint appointment as professor of history in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), is UMSI’s first Senior Fellow.

“The Michigan Society of Fellows offers one of the world’s most prestigious and competitive postdoctoral fellowships. Almost all of them go on to distinguished careers,” he said. “As a Senior Fellow, it will be my privilege to help select these fellows, and to mentor and encourage those currently in residence. Being the School of Information’s first nominee ever to be elected a Senior Fellow is truly a high honor.”

Edwards studies the historical, political and cultural dimensions of information infrastructures, computers and global climate science. He is co-editor of the Infrastructures book series from MIT Press and serves on the editorial boards of two journals: Big Data & Society: Critical Interdisciplinary Inquiries and Information & Culture: A Journal of History. He has written or edited four books—most recently, A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming.

The Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 with endowments from the Ford Foundation and the Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds, with an additional grant from the Mellon Foundation awarded in 2007.

These funds support prestigious three-year postdoctoral fellowships in the social, physical and life sciences and in the humanities and professional schools. Senior Fellows are appointed by the U-M president from across the university and serve four-year terms. LSA professor Donald S. Lopez, head of the department of Asian languages and cultures, chairs the group.

Posted June 9, 2016