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Arts and Sciences Scholars Selected as Huber Faculty Fellows

Zhenchao Qian, professor, sociology, Vladimir Sloutsky, professor, psychology, and Craig Volden, professor, political science, have been selected as the Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellows for 2010 in recognition of their first-rate scholarship.The award is in honor of emeritus professor Joan Huber, who served as dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences from 1984 to 1992 and as Ohio State’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost until her retirement in 1993. Fellows are nominated by department chairs and receive an annual cash award of $5,000 a year for three years to further their research programs.

Zhenchao Qian is a leading social demographer whose research focuses on marriage and how it relates to the openness of societies. His most notable achievements have been a better understanding of how family advantages are transferred to children and how interracial and interethnic marriage reflects changes in American society. Qian has been deputy editor of the American Sociological Review, sociology’s flagship journal, and chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Asian and Asian-Americans. In 2003, Qian received the Distinguished Contributions award from the Pacific Sociological Association for his research on how ethnic cultures discourage substance abuse.

Vladimir Sloutsky came to Ohio State in 1991 and joined the psychology faculty in 2002. He is a leading scholar in the mechanisms of early learning and cognitive development and is especially recognized for his theory of concept generalization. His work has appeared in the field’s best journals, including Science. Sloutsky’s research has been continuously funded for the past dozen years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). In addition to his considerable scholarly accomplishments, Sloutsky currently serves the field as an associate editor for a major journal of the Cognitive Science Society and as director of Ohio State’s Center for Cognitive Science.

Craig Volden came to Ohio State in 2003 and today is field coordinator for the top-ten-ranked American politics faculty at Ohio State. He is a leading scholar in the areas of federalism, state politics, and legislative behavior. His research on the politics of policymaking, such as his analyses of the conditions under which successful policies spread across state and local governments has garnered national and international recognition. In 2006, he coauthored a book on policy gridlock in the U.S. Congress, “Revolving Gridlock.” Volden has received national and international recognition for his scholarship and service to the political science profession.