Gyatso, the Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, is a specialist in Buddhist studies with concentration on Tibetan and South Asian cultural and intellectual history.
“I am very honored to be in the company of so many fine scholars, artists, scientists, and leaders, and most gratified at the recognition of my work,” Gyatso said upon learning of her election into the Academy.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing—and opportunities available to—the nation and the world.
Members contribute to Academy publications and studies in science, engineering, and technology policy; global security and international affairs; the humanities, arts, and education; and American institutions and the public good.
“This honor signifies the high regard in which you are held by leaders in your field and members throughout the nation,” wrote Academy chairperson Don M. Randel in his letter to Gyatso.
The new members of American Academy of Arts and Sciences will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, at American Academy of Arts and Sciences headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This will include a total of 13 new members from Harvard University.