New APPAM award honors Peter H. Rossi

The Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) has created a new annual award in honor of Peter H. Rossi, professor emeritus of Sociology and director emeritus of the Social and Demographic Research Institute (SADRI).

Funded through an endowment managed by the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc., the award is intended to honor the lifetime achievements of Rossi by recognizing important contributions to the theory or practice of program evaluation. The award may be for a recent paper or publication or for an entire body of work. The first Rossi Award, which includes a plaque and $2,000 cash prize, will be presented at APPAM’s fall research conference scheduled for Nov. 3-5 in Washington, D.C.

Rossi joined the Sociology Department and SADRI in 1974 after teaching at Harvard University, the University of Chicago and John Hopkins University, where he chaired the department of social relations and directed the Center for Metropolitan Planning and Research.

After eight years as director of SADRI, he became its research director, serving until his retirement from the faculty in 1992. His career was marked by notable research on a variety of topics, including homelessness, the efficacy of community action programs, gun crime, parent-child relationships and home ownership.

He served as president of the American Sociological Association in 1979-80 and in 1984 was named the Stuart Rice Professor of Sociology. Rossi was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1986. He was also a Distinguished Faculty Lecturer and is the recipient of a Faculty Fellowship.

Rossi received his B.S. at the College of the City of New York and his Ph.D. at Columbia University.