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Prof. Marc J. Hetherington Receives Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty

Story posted May 10, 2002

Assistant Professor of Government Marc J. Hetherington has been named the recipient of the 2002 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty at Bowdoin College. The award was announced at the College's annual Honors Day ceremony May 8.

The Karofsky Prize is given annually to "an outstanding Bowdoin teacher who best demonstrates the ability to impart knowledge, inspire enthusiasm, and stimulate intellectual curiosity."

Hetherington joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1998, and has taught classes in American political behavior, public opinion, and research methods. His research centers primarily on the sources and effects of declining trust in government among ordinary citizens, with a particular emphasis on the role of the mass media.

He has published his work in the American Journal of Political Science, and he regularly presents papers at national and regional conferences. His forthcoming book (2003) is “Parties, Politics, and Public Policy in America,” 9th edition (with William J. Keefe).

Hetherington earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin. This past year he has been a visiting research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University.

The Karofsky Prize is given by members of the Karofsky family, including Peter S. Karofsky, M.D. '62, Paul I. Karofsky '66, and David M. Karofsky '93. It is conferred by the dean for academic affairs in consultation with the Faculty Affairs Committee on the basis of student evaluations of teaching. The prize is given to a member of the faculty who has taught at Bowdoin for at least two years.

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