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Levitan Prize in Humanities

Assistant Professor Dwaipayan Banerjee of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) has been awarded the 2019 James A. (1945) and Ruth Levitan Prize in the Humanities.

Established through a gift from the late James A. Levitan, a 1945 MIT graduate in chemistry who was also a member of the MIT Corporation, the Levitan Prize was first awarded in 1990. The prize is awarded annually as a research fund to support scholarship in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. All regular tenure track SHASS faculty are eligible to apply. Visit the Levitan Prize website

Dwaipayan Banerjee says he will endeavor to answer the question: What is lost when a handful of U.S.-based corporations seek to determine hierarchies of technology work and control how its social benefits are globally distributed?  Photo: Jon Sachs/MIT SHASS Communications

Dwaipayan Banerjee says he will endeavor to answer the question: What is lost when a handful of U.S.-based corporations seek to determine hierarchies of technology work and control how its social benefits are globally distributed?

Photo: Jon Sachs/MIT SHASS Communications

2019 Levitan Prize Winner

Assistant Professor Dwaipayan Banerjee of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) has been awarded the 2019 James A. (1945) and Ruth Levitan Prize in the Humanities. The prestigious award comes with a $29,500 grant that will support Banerjee's research on the history of computing in India.


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2018 Prize

Assistant Professor Robin Wolfe Scheffler of MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) has been awarded the 2018 James A. (1945) and Ruth Levitan Prize in the Humanities.

–MIT News

Vivek Bald

2017 Levitan Prize Winner

Vivek Bald, associate professor of comparative media studies/writing, has been awarded the 2017 Levitan Prize in the Humanities, a $30,000 research grant that will support his work on a film and an interactive website documenting South Asian Muslims who immigrated to the United States from the 1890s through 1940s, a period in which Asians were excluded from the country by law.

–MIT News

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2016 Prize

Thomas Levenson, professor of science writing and director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing, has been awarded the Levitan Prize in the Humanities. The grant will support his investigation into the economic, cultural, and scientific history of an 18th century financial crisis known as the South Sea Bubble.

–MIT News

Lily Tsai

2015 Prize

Lily L. Tsai, associate professor of political science, has been awarded the 2015 Levitan Prize, which will support Tsai’s study on improving citizen-government communication on urgent needs amidst the Ebola crisis in Liberia.

–MIT News


Award History


Faculty (21 Current)Award Year
Banerjee, Dwaipayan2019
Scheffler, Robin2018
Bald, Vivek2017
Levenson, Thomas2016
Tsai, Lily L.2015
Buyandelger, Manduhai2014
Raman, Shankar*2013
James, Erica C.2012
Berinsky, Adam2011
Fuller, Mary C.2010
Paxson, Heather2008
Helmreich, Stefan2006
Teng, Emma J.2005
Child, Peter2004
Henderson, Diana2002
Kaiser, David2001
Buzard, James2000
McCants, Anne1999
DeGraff, Michel1998
Wood, Elizabeth A.1996
Posen, Barry R.1991

 
Staff (1 Former)Award Year
Widdig, Bernd1997

 
Faculty (4 Emeritus)Award Year
Turk, Edward B.1995
Garrels, Elizabeth J.1993
Perdue, Peter C.1992
Cohen, Joshua1990

 
Faculty (3 Former)Award Year
Jacobs, Meg2007
Dumit, Joseph2003
Gusterson, Hugh1994

* denotes they are also an MIT alum

Total Awarded: 29