Columbia University Professor Receives Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award
Anthropologist Dr. Claudio Lomnitz of Columbia University was honored with the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in early November. As a recipient of the award, Lomnitz will be researching the topic of "Crisis of the Family, Crisis of the State" in collaboration with scientists at the Latin American Institute of Freie Universitaet Berlin. According to Dr. Stephanie Schütze of Freie Universitaet Berlin, who nominated Lomnitz for the award, his research is innovative in that his "scientific and intellectual significance lies on the one hand in his brilliant historical-anthropological analysis of political culture and the study of the emergence of nation-states and national ideology".
Lomnitz studied anthropology at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Iztapalapa in Mexico City and received his doctorate in 1987 from Stanford University. He has researched and taught at numerous global institutions including New York University, El Colegio de México, the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico, the University of Chicago and the New School University in New York. His research interests are the history, politics and culture of Latin America and in particular of Mexico.
The Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards annually. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's achievements in fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights that have had a significant impact on their respective discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.