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U of M Professor Jean O'Brien elected to the Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Professor Jean O'Brien

Professor Jean M. O'Brien was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honor societies. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors those making preeminent contributions to their fields and the world. Members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business and public affairs.

"I am deeply honored to learn of my election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to join the ranks of such an illustrious membership," said O'Brien.

Professor O'Brien joined the University of Minnesota in 1989. She is a faculty member in both the Department of History and the Department of American Indian Studies and has been awarded a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, Distinguished McKnight University Professorship and Northrop Professorship.

She is a co-founder and former president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, and her professional accomplishments include seven books and numerous publications related to American Indian history and Indigenous studies. She also served as a mentor for hundreds of students, including thirty-one completed Ph.D. students.

This year’s election of 261 new academy members continues a tradition of recognizing accomplishments and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research. “We are celebrating a depth of achievements in a breadth of areas,” said David Oxtoby, president of the American Academy. “These individuals excel in ways that excite us and inspire us at a time when recognizing excellence, commending expertise and working toward the common good is absolutely essential to realizing a better future.”

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