M.V. Lee Badgett, former ISHA fellow and current director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, has been awarded the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship, a prestigious honor from the University of Massachusetts Amherst recognizing outstanding scholarly achievement. The fellowship includes a cash prize and a year-long leave of absence, which Badgett intends to spend exploring the economic impact that social and legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has on developing countries around the world, as well as on employers in the United States.
Badgett is also currently completing a book manuscript, How to Use Research to Change the World, which began as her ISHA project for the 2010-2011 seminar, (Ir)rationality and Public Discourse. ISI offers her warm congratulations on both accomplishments.