The PAA Awards Committee and Board of Directors is pleased to announce the creation of a new PAA Award in memory of Sara McLanahan.
The McLanahan Award will be given biannually in honor of Sara McLanahan, who was a remarkable scholar, mentor, and policy advisor. The award will go to a senior scholar in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the study of family change, the well-being of children and families, and related social policies.
During her distinguished career, McLanahan received numerous awards and honors (including being inducted to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011), and served as President of PAA in 2004. In addition to her many own accomplishments, she trained, mentored, and collaborated with a number of junior scholars, who have extended her scholarly reach and influence on the field; she helped launch literally hundreds of scholars into their own impactful careers in population research, sociology, and public policy.
The first McLanahan Award will be presented in 2024 and given biennially in even years. Nomination instructions will be on the McLanahan Award webpage in the Fall of 2023.
If you have the means, please help PAA grow the Sara McLanahan Award fund to help support the promotion of future scholars.