Frances Fox Piven Named Winner of the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship


Distinguished Professor Frances Fox Piven (Political Science/Sociology) has been named recipient of the prestigious Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. The $100,000 award is bestowed annually to an individual who has challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative, and socially responsible work of significance.

"As a frontline fighter for equal rights for all and a lifetime leader who has strived to create a society free from prejudice and discrimination, Frances Fox Piven exemplifies the spirit of the Puffin/Nation Prize,” said Perry Rosenstein, president of The Puffin Foundation Ltd., in an official statement. “Her innovative work across disciplines, from her impactful activism to her influential teaching career, has moved us closer to such a society.”

Established in 2001 by The Puffin Foundation Ltd. and The Nation Institute, the award is intended to encourage recipients to continue their work. Past recipients have included Tony Kushner (2011), Van Jones (2008), Amy Goodman (2006), and Robert Parris Moses (2001).

Piven, who plans to donate the award money, has been politically engaged with improving the lives of America’s poor since the 1960s. An expert in the development of the welfare state, political movements, urban politics, voting, and electoral politics, she has taught at the Graduate Center for more than 30 years. Among her many books are the best-selling Poor People’s Movements (1977); Mean Season: The Attack on the Welfare State (1987); and Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? The Essential Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Loves to Hate (2011).

The award will be presented at The Nation Institute’s Annual Dinner Gala in New York on Monday, December 8.

Submitted on: NOV 18, 2014

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