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Political Science Chair Elected To Academy

Charles Barrilleaux , professor of political science and chair of that department, is one of 45 distinguished social insurance experts from across the U.S. elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance.

The academy advances solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security.

This mission encompasses established social insurance programs – Workers’ Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – as well as related policy areas, including long-term services and supports, paid leave, other social assistance programs and private employee benefits.

“Members are essential to the academy’s work,” says William Arnone, the academy’s chief executive officer. “We welcome our newest cohort with great excitement. They bring a wealth of expertise and experience across a range of policy areas that affect every person and family in this nation. We look forward to recognizing their contributions to social insurance policy and engaging their talents in support of the academy’s mission.”

“This year’s newly-elected academy members are among our country’s leading reformers, doers and creative thinkers,” said Membership Committee Chair Shaun O’Brien. “Their work focuses on the practical challenges of how we protect each other when faced with life’s financial and health hardships that are difficult to handle alone. In addition to longstanding programs like Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance, they also address how we tackle increasingly important issues, such as paid family leave.”

Those elected to membership in the academy have distinguished themselves by improving the quality of research, administration, or policymaking in an area of social insurance. Academy members make significant contributions to the academy’s research, education, and leadership development initiatives by volunteering their time on study panels, committees, at conferences, and in other Academy programs.

Prospective members are nominated by current academy members in recognition of their significant and ongoing professional contributions to the field of social insurance.

The newly elected members come from a range of public, private and academic institutions, including Harvard University, the Economic Policy Institute, the Urban Institute, Rand Corporation and the Social Security Administration.