Expert on American patriotism and welfare researcher awarded honorary doctorates

Mimi Abramovitz and Leonie Huddy have been awarded honorary doctorates by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University.

Professor of Social Work Mimi Abramovitz and Professor of Political Psychology Leonie Huddy have been awarded honorary doctorates by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University. They will receive their honorary doctorates at the doctoral degree conferment ceremony on 26 May at Lund Cathedral.

Mimi Abramovitz currently works at the City University of New York. The Faculty of Social Sciences recognises the considerable impact her academic work has had within sociology, history, political science and women’s studies. Her most well-known works include Regulating the Lives of Women: Social Welfare from Colonial Times to the Present (1988) in which she analyses the welfare state from the perspective of women. Another is Under Attack Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the United States (1997), which covers feminist theories on the welfare state and welfare state activism among poor and working-class women, both black and white.

Mimi Abramovitz, who has had close contact with the School of Social Work over the years, describes herself as a grassroots activist who has always been active beyond academia. The Faculty of Social Sciences states that Abramovitz shows the importance of social science researchers not only studying policy creation and civic and professional engagement, but also taking a stance and participating in attempts to promote fairness and equality in society. 

Leonie Huddy, a political scientist at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, is originally from Australia. Her research focuses on topics such as American patriotism and national identity, as well as public opinion on the Iraq War. Leonie Huddy is a specialist in the field of political psychology and over the years her research has covered issues relating to identity, gender and race. She has been President and Vice-President of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) and was for many years the editor-in-chief of the journal Political Psychology. 

Leonie Huddy has strong ties with the Department of Political Science in Lund. She has been actively involved in developing the subject of political psychology at the department and has helped the department to obtain several large research grants in the field of political psychology through her publications and participation in workshops and conferences.